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Title:29TH ARMOURED BRIGADE GROUP IN ACTION NORTH OF ARGENTAN [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 130-3
Description: An 8th Rifle Brigade carrier burns after being hit by a Panther tank on the Caen-Falaise highway. At Cui, where the 23rd Hussars and the 8th Rifle Brigade have overrun a German field hospital set up in the grounds of a requisitioned château, Wehrmacht medical orderlies stand idly by their ambulance trucks and saloon cars while their compatriots are searched for concealed weapons, documents and pay books. A 29th Armoured Brigade tank commander observes an artillery bombardment falling on fleeing German troops in the Fôret de Gouffen. Beyond Occagnes, tanks from the brigade's HQ squadron and a 13th RHA OP tank drive past a wrecked Mark IV tank, which lies at the foot of a wayside cavalry, and through the village of Bailleul. Infantry from the 4th KSLI are greeted by French villagers as they drive towards Argentan. On the edge of the Fôret de Gouffen, a 23rd Hussars' recce troop 'Honey' tank rounds up two Russian deserters from the Wehrmacht who, prompted by a pistol- brandishing officer, do their best to divulge the whereabouts of the Germans.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Grant, Ian James1917-04-16Family origin: Edinburgh, Scotland (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Hussars, 23 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 29 Gp (regiment/service)
British Army, Shropshire Light Infantry, King's, 4th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 159 Gp (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, 11 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 30 (regiment/service)
British Army, Rifle Brigade, 8th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Artillery (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - carrier: Universal & [wrecked] (object name)
armour, German - tank: Pzkpfw Mark IV & [wrecked] (object name)
prisoner of war, German - reception (object name)
Stuart recce tank (object name)
Liberation (object name)
materiel - wreckage (object name)
memorials and monuments (object name)
Orne (River), France (geography)
Notes: Note: The German ambulance lorries seen here were built by Studebaker and Ford for the French army and were taken over by the Wehrmacht after June 1940. See with A70 124-4, 126-2. 127-1 and 2, 129-1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 16, 130-1, 2 and 6 and 132-3, 4, 5, 6 and 7
Remarks: Good footage, although the sequence showing a Bren gun carrier on fire was shot out of focus. Best seen with the items listed above.
Documentation/associated material: read 'Taurus Pursuant : The History of the 11th Armoured Division' by BAOR, 'The Story of the 23rd Hussars 1940-1946', 'The Rifle Brigade in the 2nd World War 1939-1945' by Major Hastings and 'La Charge du Taureau' by Jean Brisset (in French).