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Title:30TH CORPS IN ACTION SOUTH OF CAUMONT [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 107-8
Summary: The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry assists 130th Brigade's advance through the 'bocage'. Wehrmacht troops from one of 326th Infantry Division's grenadier regiments surrender to British infantrymen.
Description: Infantrymen serving with the 5th Battalion Dorset Regiment gather underneath a 43rd Division (?) warning sign before moving off in the direction of the Bois du Homme. A Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry tank commander scans the surrounding 'bocage' countryside and gives orders down his microphone. The Yeomanry tanks assemble before moving off to support 130 Brigade's operations on the eastern fringes of the Bois du Homme. German prisoners (including several NCOs) from 753rd Grenadier Regiment captured by the 5th Dorsets are led into a barn for interrogation by their captors and are then escorted to the rear. A 119th LAA Regiment RA Morris Bofors self-propelled gun leads a column of troop-carrying CMP trucks through the deserted and derelict town of Caumont. An OP carrier from the 13th Medium Regiment RA rumbles past the upturned wreckage of a German half-track from the 2nd Panzer Division followed at an interval by six 15th (Scottish) Division infantrymen on bicycles.
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: British Army, Royal Artillery (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 15 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 30 (regiment/service)
British Army, Yeomanry, Sherwood Rangers (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Dorsetshire Regiment, 5th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 130 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 43 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 8 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] (object name)
armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman Firefly & [British] (object name)
prisoners of war (object name)
armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
armour, British - SPG: Morris Bofors (object name)
Operation Bluecoat, Mont Pinçon 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See A70 107-9 for similar material and refer to A70 105-3, 4 and 5, 107-6 and 7, 109-3, 4 and 6, 112-3, 113-17, 22 and 25, 115-1, 2 and 3 and 116-9 for footage showing the 43rd (Wessex) Division in action during "Bluecoat" culminating in the capture of Mont Pincon. Caumont had been captured in the early days of the Normandy invasion by US troops.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 107-9
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to items listed in A70 105-3 and 4 and 'The Story of the 5th Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment in North-West Europe 1944-1945' by Hartwell, Park and Edwards and 'The Sherwood Rangers : The Story of the Nottinghamshire Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry on the Second World War' by T M Lindsay.