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Title:12TH CORPS FIGHTS ITS WAY INTO S'HERTOGENBOSCH (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 183-5
Description: The cameraman surveys a section of the Grave - s'Hertogenbosch road in Hintham over which are scattered the remains of several destroyed horse-drawn 10.5cm le.TH18 howitzer detachments from the 712th Wehrmacht Infantry Division; parts from dead draught animals have evidently been hacked off by hungry Dutch civilians for food. Nearby, Sherman tanks and tank crews from the East Riding Yeomanry's 'B' and 'C' squadrons are seen waiting to enter s'Hertogenbosch to support units of the 53rd (Welsh) Division engaged in fighting in the city. An 'O' group is held between the ERY's CO and his squadron commanders around his Humber scout car; Shermans from the ERY's 'B' squadron are seen setting off into battle. Armour, infantry and RAMC units pass a shrapnel-peppered German sign on the outskirts of s'Hertogenbosch; nearby is parked a captured BMW motorcycle combination while a few yards away an M10 Achilles 17-pounder SPG from 65th Anti-Tank Regiment RA stands guard. A 160th Brigade REME Scammell wrecker lorry tows a dead draught horse away for burial; a Dutchman skilfully helps himself to some horseflesh. In the garden suburb on s'Hertogenbosch' northern outskirts, 4.2 inch mortar teams from the 1st Battalion Manchester Regiment's 'D' company are seen in action.
Notes: Summary: See with A70 182-6, 7, 183-6, 12, 14, 186-2 for footage showing 53rd (Welsh) Division in action during Operation Pheasant and refer to ciné material showing 7th Armoured and 51st (Highland) Divisions similarly engaged. The ERY's 'B' squadron was paired with the 1st East Lancashire Regiment and its 'C' squadron with the 1/5th Welsh Regiment for the fighting inside s'Hertogenbosch.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 183-12, which shows a motorised Wehrmacht field ambulance unit leaving s'Hertogenbosch on its way into captivity, and A70 183-14 which features wrecked horse-drawn infantry howitzers.
Documentation/associated material: In addition to the publications listed in A70 182-7 and 183-1, for a bibliography read History of the Manchester Regiments 1st and 2nd Battalions 1922-1948 by Lieutenant-Commander Bell.