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Title:LANDINGS ON 'GOLD' BEACH, 6 AND 7 JUNE 1944 (PART 3) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 33-3
Summary: Scenes of British and US units embarking on LSTs bound for Normandy and coming ashore on the invasion beaches.
Description: I. Transport and self-propelled heavy artillery belonging to 987 US Field Battery (?) queue up outside Felixstowe Docks. LST 406 docks at an embarkation 'hard'. Two US Army vehicles are driven up its bow ramp.
II. A Royal Engineers captain serving with 693rd Road Construction Company briefs British and American troops on board the landing ship for Operation Overlord.
III. Trailing its own barrage balloons, the LST convoy sails into the channel. A 'Flower' class corvette, HMS Mignonette, steams alongside.
IV. Sergeant Carpenter surveys the naval activity off 'Gold' Beach. His own ship approaches 'Jig Green' Beach at low tide; nearby another LST disgorges engineering equipment and troops onto the shore. Detachments from the road construction company (?), the 4th County of London Yeomanry and the American self-propelled gun unit come ashore from LST 406. A Pioneer company assigned to No 104 Beach Sub-Area marches past a double- banked column of 50th Division transport waiting to quit 'Jig Green'. Wehrmacht prisoners bound for England wait to board the beached LST.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Carpenter, L (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Carpenter, L (person)
United States Army & Field Bty 987 (?) (regiment/service)
United States Navy & LST 406 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 50 (regiment/service)
British Army, 4th County of London Yeomanry (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Engineers, Road Construction Coy 693 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Pioneer Corps (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Mignonette (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, United States naval - amphibious: LST 406 (object name)
ships, British naval - escort: Mignonette (object name)
aircraft, United States - balloon: barrage balloon (object name)
operations, British military - movement: ship (object name)
prisoners of war, German - movement (object name)
intelligence, military, British - briefing (object name)
supplies, British, movement [FA] - misc (object name)
12/5(261.22).7 [ Operation Neptune] (event)
GB, England & Felixstowe, Suffolk <Docks> (geography)
Gold Beach, Arromanches, Calvados, France (geography)
Number 104 Beach, Le Hamel, Calvados, France (geography)
Jig Green Beach, Le Hamel, Calvados, France (geography)
Notes: Production: part I of the synopsis was filmed on 1/6/1944, part II on 4/6/1944, part III on 6/6/1944 and part IV on 7/6/1944
Remarks: good footage throughout, illustrating the vital role played by tank landing craft in ferrying of men and material from the UK to the Normandy beach-head and underlining the general point that Allied amphibious operations throughout the various war zones rested on the development and applications of new technologies