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Title:ACTIVITIES NORTH OF CAEN, JUNE - EARLY JULY 1944 (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 45-6
Summary: On 185th Brigade's sector of 1st Corps' front north of Caen, frequent artillery and mortar bombardments on the city's German defenders become the order of the day.
Description: I. Filming from an observation post manned by observers from 7th Field Regiment's 17/43 Battery Royal Artillery, the cameraman scans the Schneider steelworks at Les Colombelles and a nearby tower used by the Germans for artillery spotting (scarcely distinguishable from the steelworks' chimneys) as they come under fire 4000 yards away.
II. Brigadier Smith, the Brigade commander, holds an 'O' Group with officers belonging to the 2nd Battalion Middlesex Regiment and the 7th Field Regiment RA to co-ordinate field artillery and heavy mortar harassing fire on units of the 21st Panzer Division opposite 185th Brigade's front.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Waterhouse, A C (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Smith, K P (person)
British Army, Bde 185 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Artillery, Field Regiment 7, Bty 17/43 (regiment/service)
British Army, Middlesex Regiment, 2nd Battalion (regiment/service)
Keywords: buildings, French - commercial: Schneider steelworks (object name)
combat, British - artillery bombardment (object name)
defences, German - emplacement: artillery spotting tower (object name)
intelligence, military, British - briefing (object name)
Second World War, North West Europe & Operation Overlord & 11/6/1944 (event)
Les Colombelles, Caen, Calvados, France (geography)