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Summary: Elements of 43rd (Wessex) Division's 130th Brigade go into action for the first time during Operation Jupiter.
Description: The 4th Battalion Dorset Regiment's rifle companies advance across fields towards Verson behind a creeping artillery barrage and flush out two Wehrmacht troopers as they over-run their concealed position. Artillery flares signalling the end of the preliminary bombardment burn in the wheat fields. Infantrymen riding through Verson on Loyd Carriers belonging to the Battalion's anti-tank platoon dismount prior to crossing the Odon River. Supported by Churchill tanks from the 9th Royal Tank Regiment, the Dorset Regiment advances towards Eterville; machine gun and mortar fire force troops to seek cover by some of the Battalion's transport before they continue pushing through waist-high wheat towards their objective.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Robinson, D (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Dorsetshire Regiment, 4th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Tank Regiment, Bn 9 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - tank: Churchill (object name)
armour, British - carrier: Loyd (object name)
combat, British (object name)
combat, British - mortar bombardment [I] (object name)
combat, British - artillery bombardment (object name)
prisoners of war, German - surrender (object name)
Hill 112 (Operation Jupiter) 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Verson, Calvados, France (geography)
Éterville, Calvados, France (geography)
Notes: Summary Operation Jupiter was an offensive aimed at breaking 2nd SS Panzer Korps' hold on Hill 112 and then forcing a bridgehead over the Orne River behind 1st SS Panzer Korps' front. Sergeant Robinson was killed while filming this material; another Army Film and Photographic Unit cameraman, Sergeant Leeson, was wounded while filming 129th Brigade in action
Remarks: good action shots throughout. Much of this material was shot in poor light conditions