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Title:THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY VISITS THE BRITISH SECTOR OF THE NORMANDY BEACH-HEAD [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 57-11
Summary: In company with Vice-Admiral Willis (2nd Sea Lord of the Admiralty) and Admiral Vian (commander Eastern Tank Force), A V Alexander, First Lord of the Admiralty, visits Royal Navy and Beach Group troops installations along the invasion beaches.
Description: Alexander is seen standing on a Rhino Jetty on 'Gold' Beach at La Riviere; stranded and wrecked LCMs can be seen in the background. With Vice-Admiral Dalrymple-Hamilton, Force 'E' commander, he inspects Royal Navy and Royal Marine troops at the Admiralty HQ at Courseulles-sur-Mer. At Ouistreham, Alexander's party meets Lieutenant-Colonel Carse, CO of the 1st Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and No 6 Beach Group. At Courseulles, Alexander surveys the extent of the damage caused by the three-day long Channel gale on 'Juno' Beach and then sets off for the UK on a 199 GT Company RASC DUKW.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film Unit (Production company)
Johnson, John Norman (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: Juno Beach, Courseulles-sur-Mer, Calvados, France (geography)
Admiralty Headquarters, Courseulles-sur-Mer, Calvados, France (geography)
Gold Beach, La Rivière, Calvados, France (geography)
Ouistreham, Calvados, France (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 90 ft; Running time: 1 min
Notes: Summary: see with A70 34-1, 40-1, 45-4, 45-5, 49-1 for footage showing VIPs arriving at 'Juno' Beach to visit the British sector of the Normandy beach-head. Refer generally to footage showing the effects of the three-day Channel gale - A70 53-3, 53-4 (all shot on 'Juno' Beach). One of the reasons for Alexander's visit was to assess the damage caused by the 3-day gale.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, read 'Churchill and the Admirals' by Stephen Roskill (page 241).