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Title:PREPARATIONS FOR THE ASSAULT ON HOTTOT (PART 4) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 77-14
Summary: An 8th Armoured Brigade unit prepares for Operation "Maori II", 231st Brigade's assault on Hottot in which a mortar detachment is seen in action.
Description: I. The cameraman surveys a Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry (SRY) tank harbour in an orchard outside Tilly-sur-Seulles. A tank commander from the SRY's 'B' or 'C' squadron clambers into his ex-DD Sherman tank, dons his headphones and speaks down his wireless microphone to net into his squadron's radio frequency (?). The driver and his assistant board the Sherman. Filming through the commander's hatch and the loader's hatch in the turret, the cameraman observes a 75mm round being placed 'up the spout'. Three members of the crew clean the 75mm gun barrel with a ram rod.
II. A No 83 Group RAF Typhoon fighter-bomber attacks Hottot with rockets. A 3-inch mortar team from the 1st Battalion Dorset Regiment's mortar platoon goes into action; the Sergeant in charge of the mortar section shouts firing orders. During a pause in the bombardment, a new supply of mortar bombs is stacked in the firing pit for ready use, while more are unpacked have propellant charges fixed to their fins and their fuzes set for firing.
Notes: For footage showing tank, infantry, artillery and medical units in action with 50th Division during the fighting for Hottot see A70 77-11 to 13, 17, 78-1, 2, 79-4, 5, 7, 90-6 and 7. The air support provided by the Typhoon fighter-bombers did not go entirely according to plan as "short falls" fell among positions held by the 1st Battalion Royal Hampshire Regiment.
Remarks: good action footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above.