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Title:ACTIVITIES NORTH OF CAEN, JUNE - EARLY JULY 1944 (PART 2) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 45-7
Summary: For the first month and a half of Overlord, 3rd Division's three field artillery regiments are equipped with US-made self- propelled guns.
Description: An M7 Priest 105mm self-propelled gun belonging to 'E' Troop in 7th Field Regiment Royal Artillery's 17/43 Battery is seen in action near Périers-sur-le-Dan against a German OP tower situated near the Schneider steelworks at Les Colombelles 7000 yards away. Note that the gun crew members are wearing Royal Armoured Corps tank helmets in anticipation of German counter-battery fire.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Watkins, R V (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Artillery, Field Regiment 7, Bty 17/43 (regiment/service)
Keywords: combat, British - artillery bombardment (object name)
armour, United States - SPG: M7 Priest 105mm & [British] (object name)
buildings, French - commercial: Schneider steelworks (object name)
defences, German - emplacement: OP tower (object name)
equipment, British - personal: helmet (Royal Armoured Corps) (object name)
Second World War, North West Europe & Operation Overlord & 11/6/1944 (event)
Les Colombelles, Caen, Calvados, France (geography)
Periers-sur-le-Dan, Calvados, France (geography)
Notes: Summary: the Priest, which first saw service at El Alamein in October 1942 with the 8th Army, was withdrawn from 3rd Division's field artillery units in mid-July 1944
Remarks: good action footage