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Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Unedited film for the Royal Armoured Corps film "Tank Battle". Whitley, Hurricane and Lysander planes on the ground, flying and taking off. Tanks at Hindhead, Surrey and Steyning, West Sussex, also at Bovington Camp, Dorset and Sutton Common, Ipswich. Valentine, Matilda and Covenantor tanks. Regiments include 4th Armoured Corps; 48th Royal Tank Regiment; 11th Corps, 21st Army Tank Brigade; 52nd Training Regiment RAC; 23rd Armoured Brigade, 8th Armoured Division.
Description: Tanks travelling through a stream, officers standing by. Passers-by on a bridge watch tanks on the road. Tanks travelling over scrub, firing. Tanks going up a steep hill. Some named tanks: SPORRAN, STORMCOCK, SPOKESMAN, SPRINTER, SABREUR, SATAN, SPIRIT, SPRINTER. Shell fire. Soldiers on tank with headphone and microphone. Planes flying over tanks. Tanks in woods and in open countryside.
AYY 119/7 shows the 52nd Training Regiment RAC at Bovington Camp, Dorset. Recruits look at a model landscape. Recruits on a wireless course. Close-up of a soldier painting the model. Recruits receive instruction on tank engine parts. Interior of armoured command vehicle with instructor explaining principle of diesel engine. Close ups of model traffic to show driving errors, model tanks. Shot shows man under the table using magnets to operate the vehicles. Plan of German road signs.
Tank stuck in the mud, soldiers try to push it out. It falls off the slope and lands upside down. Men construct a winch to pull it out.
Production Details: War Office Film Unit (Production company)
Rignold, Harry (Captain)1943-09-12Cameraman, service number 98582, killed in action during Salerno landings. See http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=938723 accessed 7 March 2011 (Production individual)
Tennyson d'Eyncourt, Walter (Captain) (Production individual)
Lawson (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Black, A W (Production individual)