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Title:ARMOURED REINFORCEMENTS FROM THE UK MOVE INTO THEIR CONCENTRATION AREA IN NORMANDY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 49-3
Other titles:AN ORDNANCE DUMP IS SET UP BEHIND 'JUNO' BEACH [Allocated Title]
Summary: Two sequences showing Allied activities in Normandy, 16 June 1944.
Description: I. Under the supervision of a motorcycle 'cop' from a 21st Army CMP traffic control unit, a Firefly (the Sherman variant armed with a 17-pounder gun) and an ordinary Sherman race along a dusty road outside Creully before joining the rest of the recently-landed 11th Armoured Division in its concentration area between Lantheuil and Cully.
II. At a dump established by a No 102 Beach Sub-Area ordnance detachment inland from 'Juno' Beach at Courseulles-sur-Mer, Allied and German equipment is stockpiled for possible re-use and intelligence evaluation. Among the many items salvaged from the invasion beaches and captured from the Germans are British army boots, French wooden clogs, jerrycan containers, a 7.5cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun, collapsible bicycles and numerous other examples of captured German weaponry including an ex-Red Army Maxim-pattern PM 1910 machine gun, two 8.8cm 'Panzerschreck' tubes, an MG 42 machine gun with a heavy mounting plus a spare barrel case and barrel, a 5.0cm light mortar and many Mauser Kar 98K rifles. Elsewhere lie large piles of German army tunics, discarded 'Mae West' life jackets, British army greatcoats, German army boots and gas-containers.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Leatherbarrow, RichardPrior to the Second World War Leatherbarrow was a portrait photographer. During the Second World War he joined the Royal Armoured Corps, transferring to the Army Film and Photographic Unit in 1943, when he received training at Pinewood. He was one of the cameramen on Juno Beach during the D-Day Landings. (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Military Police (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman Firefly & [British] (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] (object name)
operations, Allied military - preparation (object name)
supplies, Allied, storage [FA] - misc (object name)
spoils, British (object name)
transport, British military - 2/3 wheel: motorcycle (object name)
Creully, Calvados, France (geography)
Juno Beach, Courseulles-sur-Mer, Calvados, France (geography)
102 Beach, Courseulles-sur-Mer, Calvados, France (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 262 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Documentation/associated material: in addition to the publications listed in A70 65-5, for a bibliography read 'Taurus Pursuant: A History of the 11th Armoured Division' by BAOR.
Remarks: good shots of the items of weaponry itemised in the synopsis. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above and with A70 46-9, which shows 11th Armoured Division infantry marching to their assembly areas shortly after landing in Normandy.
Summary: see A70 57-8, 9, 65-5, 95-1, 2, 121-4, 122-8 for footage showing AFV maintenance in the field and AFV and ordnance scrapyards. The Panzerschreck was the German equivalent of the US bazooka anti-tank rocket-launcher and saw a good deal of service in Normandy with infantry tank-hunting teams. The ex-Red Army Maxim MG was issued by the Wehrmacht to static, fortress-bound infantry formations.