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Title:30TH CORPS IN ACTION IN THE 'BOCAGE' [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 105-3
Summary: Artillery and armour lend support to 43rd (Wessex) Division's efforts to pierce the German lines on 30th Corps' front.
Description: Infantrymen from the Division's 130th Brigade (possibly serving with the 7th Hampshire Regiment) are seen patrolling an area of woodland and bracken ferns in the Bois de Bricquessard in typical 'bocage' country. Nearby, a troop of Sexton 25-pounder self-propelled guns of the Essex Yeomanry bombards units of the 751st Grenadier Regiment defending positions in and around the village of Bricquessard against 129th Brigade. Humber scout cars from the 8th Armoured Brigade HQ and soft-skinned vehicles from the 7th Hampshire Regiment head across country towards Cahagnes, followed in time by Shermans and Fireflies from the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry whose tracks churn up billowing clouds of dust. A 4.5 inch gun belonging to a medium artillery regiment serving with the 5th AGRA (?) lends additional fire-power to 43rd Division's attack; note the dust that the blast from the gun kicks up each time it fires.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Ginger (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Corps 30 (regiment/service)
British Army, Hampshire Regiment, 7th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 130 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 43 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Artillery (regiment/service)
British Army, Yeomanry, Sherwood Rangers (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 8 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - SPG: Sexton 25-pounder (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] (object name)
armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman Firefly & [British] (object name)
Operation Bluecoat, Mont Pinçon 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See A70 105-4 and 5 for similar footage and refer to A70 107-6, 7, 8 and 9, 109-3, 4 and 6, 112-3, 113-17, 22 and 25, 115-1, 2 and 3 and 116-9 for footage showing the 43rd (Wessex) Division in action during Operation "Bluecoat" culminating in the capture of Mont Pincon. 30th Corps experienced stiff resistance at the beginning of "Bluecoat" whereas 8th Corps made good progress.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 105-4 and 5.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to 'The 43rd (Wessex) Division at War - 1944-1945' by Major-General Essame, 2nd Army HQ's 'An Account of the Operations of the 2nd Army in Europe - 1944-1945 : Volume 1', 'The Official History of the Second World War - Victory in the West : Volume 1' by L F Ellis.