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Title:FOLLOW-UP UNITS ASSIGNED TO 30TH CORPS ARE DESPATCHED FROM FELIXSTOWE TO THE NORMANDY INVASION BEACHES IN LSTs [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 33-4
Description: I. Two Royal Navy LSTs wait to enter Felixstowe Docks. LST-406 docks at an embarkation 'hard' and receives a US Army jeep, an RAF Regiment Bofors gun detachment and Royal Engineers (?) through its bow doors.
II. A sapper captain appointed ship commander briefs British and American troops on board the LST on developments on the Russian front.
III. The tank landing ship leaves Felixstowe to join LSTs and invasion barges and small landing craft in tow behind tugs (?) sailing with Force 'L' for Normandy.
IV. The cameraman surveys the activity off 'Gold' Beach. Troops, vehicles, tanks (24th Lancers or 22nd Armoured Brigade) and stranded LCTs can be seen on 'Jig Green' Beach west of La Riviere. LST-406 lands engineering equipment and tanks from 693 Road Construction Company RE and the 4th City of London Yeomanry. British troops (1/7th Queens of Royal Engineers) wade ashore from a US Navy tank landing craft. Prisoners - some non-German - bound for England wait to board LST-406 before the tide turns.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Army Film Unit (Production company)
Gross, A C (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: Felixstowe, Suffolk, England, UK (geography)
Gold Beach, La Rivière, Calvados, France (geography)
Notes: Summary: part I of the synopsis was filmed on 1/6/1944, part II on 4/6/1944, part III on 6/6/1944 and part IV on 7/6/1944. See also A70 33-1, 2 (part 1) and for similar footage taken by Sergeants Watkins, Ginger and Carpenter. The US troops seen on board the LST belonged to a heavy self-propelled artillery unit assigned temporarily to 30th Corps in the first few days after D-Day.
Remarks: good footage throughout, demonstrating the supreme usefulness of tank landing ships in landing men and equipment onto beaches lacking harbour equipment with the minimum of inconvenience - making it is to see why 'Overlord' was delayed until a sufficient number of craft like these were made available for the assault.