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Summary: One of the many items of equipment specifically designed with large-scale amphibious operations in mind is the Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle, designed to recover 'drowned' vehicles up to a depth of nine feet.
Description: One such specimen is seen here outside Portsmouth awaiting embarkation for the D-Day landings. Sherman BARV overtakes a column of stationary M10 "Wolverines" belonging to the 20th Anti-Tank Regiment RA in A7 Transit Camp, Portsmouth. Chalked onto its front buffer are its LCT embarkation details. The four man REME crew is seen performing various chores, including placing sandbags around the exposed open-topped superstructure and stocking up with Mills hand-grenades. the commander wears a 'Beach' troops flash on his shoulder which identifies him as belonging to No 101 Beach Sub-Area.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Army Film Unit (Production company)
O'Neill, F D (Production individual)
Notes: See with A70 21-4, A70 23-2, 3, A70 25-5, A70 28-1, A70 29-1 and A70 30-5 for footage taken by Sergeant O'Neill; together all these items constitute a comprehensive record of events before and during D-Day as experienced by 27th Armoured Brigade and 8th Brigade units. The Sherman Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle, capable of operating in water 9 feet deep, saw service with REME parties in the D-Day Beach Groups.
Good shots of Sherman BARV.