By continuing to use this site without changing your cookie settings,
and for us to access our cookies on your device.
Title:ACTIVITIES NORTH OF CAEN, JUNE - EARLY JULY 1944 (PART 3) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 45-9
Summary: 4.2-inch mortar detachments from the 2nd Battalion Middlesex Regiment, 3rd (British) Division's heavy mortar and machine gun unit, take part in harassing units of the 21st Panzer Division defending Caen.
Description: Towing behind it a trailer carrying ammunition and a dismantled 4.2-inch mortar, a Universal Carrier from the Battalion's 'D' Company arrives in an orchard near Beuville. There, men from the Company's No 12 Platoon assemble their mortar in a deeply-dug firing pit, set its sights and loose off several rounds in rapid succession in the direction of the German front- line opposite 185th Brigade. Note the amount of dust raised by the mortar each time it is fired. A second heavy mortar team, not dug-in, is seen in action with other 4.2-inch mortar detachments.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Watkins, R V (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Div 3 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 185 (regiment/service)
British Army, Middlesex Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Coy D (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
weapons, British - mortar: 4.2-inch mortar (object name)
combat, British - mortar bombardment (object name)
Second World War, North West Europe & Operation Overlord & 13/6/1944 (event)
Beuville, Calvados, France (geography)
Notes: Summary: the extensions on the hull sides of the Universal Carrier seen here were fitted prior to D-Day as waterproofing screens to aid disembarkation from landing craft
Remarks: good action footage