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Title:ACTIVITIES IN THE ORNE BRIDGEHEAD, JUNE 1944 (PART 3) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 44-1
Summary: 1st Corps formations in the Orne bridgehead go briefly onto the offensive.
Description: I. On the eve of 152nd Brigade's attack on Sainte-Honorine-la-Chardonnerette, the 5th Battalion Cameron Highlanders crosses the River Orne at Bénouville over a bridge in use by vehicles (notably a captured Kübelwagen) from various units within the 51st (Highland) Division, the 27th Armoured Brigade and 1st Corps travelling in both directions. At the Battalion's assembly area, an officer dictates a message to signallers operating a jeep-mounted wireless set. Cooks collect hot meal ration boxes from a lorry and men queue up for supper.
II. A 152nd Brigade HQ jeep lays a cable from the 5th Battalion's HQ to its forward companies. The first Wehrmacht prisoners from Ste-Honorine-la-Chardonnerette are brought in. At Longueval, Cameron Highlanders scour farm buildings for snipers and dig in. German mortar bombs land in front of their positions. The camera scans the Schneider steelworks at Les Colombelles, a German-held industrial suburb of Caen. A Bren gunner keeps watch over no-man's land.
III. A two-man Royal Marine Commando team, using a captured German short-arm mine detector, sets off to clear a path through an overgrown minefield opposite 4th Special Service Brigade's sector of the front near Sallenelles.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Walter, Ernest Henry1919Family origin: Barry, Glamorgan, South Wales (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Bde, Armoured, 27 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 152 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 51 (regiment/service)
British Army, Cameron Highlanders, 5th Battalion (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Royal Marines (regiment/service)
Keywords: communications, British military - electronic: wireless, jeep-mounted (object name)
communications, British military - wire: cable (object name)
operations, British military - movement: road (object name)
operations, British military - mines: clearance (object name)
transport, German military - light utility: Kübelwagen & [captured] (object name)
combat, British - mortar bombardment [I] (object name)
society, British military - sustenance (object name)
prisoners of war, German - movement (object name)
buildings, French - commercial: Schneider steelworks (object name)
equipment, German military - surveillance: short-arm mine detector & [captured] (object name)
Second World War, North West Europe & Operation Overlord & 12/6/1944 = 13/6/1944 (event)
Benouville, Calvados, France (geography)
Orne (River), France (geography)
Longueval, Somme, France (geography)
Les Colombelles, Caen, Calvados, France (geography)
Sallenelles, Calvados, France (geography)