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Title:30TH CORPS CROSSES THE SEINE AT VERNON [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 135-3
Summary: Equipment for the amphibious operation is brought up by road to Vernon where 43rd (Wessex) Division's 129th Brigade sends its leading battalion across the Seine.
Description: A convoy of lorries carrying bridging equipment and assault dinghies for use by 15th (Kent) GHQ Troops RE in the operation is seen moving up the road towards Vernon. Smoke shells from artillery supporting the 43rd (Wessex) Division fall on the limestone cliffs on the German-held north bank of the river. A section from the 5th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment's 'A' company advances from the streets of Vernon to the river bank under the cover of a smokescreen, which fills the surrounding area. The troops board their assault dinghies manned by steersman from 583 Field Company RE and are taken through the smoke screen to the north bank of the Seine. Reinforcements for the first wave take to their dinghies and set off into the murk.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Laws, George E J1916-02-15 (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Wiltshire Regiment, 5th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 129 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 43 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 30 (regiment/service)
British Army, Army Film and Photographic Unit (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Army Service Corps (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Engineers (regiment/service)
Keywords: transport, Canadian military - truck: CMP truck (object name)
transport, United States military - truck: Diamond T 4-ton 6x6 cargo truck & [British] (object name)
transport, British military - truck: Fordson 15cwt 4x2 truck (object name)
operations, British military - routine: river crossing (object name)
weapons, British - CBW: smokescreen (object name)
combat, British - artillery bombardment (object name)
Eure, France (geography)
Seine (River), France (geography)
Vernon, Eure, France (geography)
Notes: Note: The 5th Wiltshire 'A' company was eventually overrun on the north bank of the Seine, having lost many men from drowning during the actual crossing. See with A70 135-4, 5, 136-9, 10, 11 and 12, 139-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 140-5, 141-3, and 142-6, 7 and 9 for footage taken of 30th Corps' crossing of the Seine at Vernon.
Remarks: Good action footage. Best seen with items listed above, notably A70 135-4 and 5 and 136-11.
Documentation/associated material: A bibliography would include 'The 43rd Wessex Division at War 1944-1945' by H Essame, 'The History of the Corps of Royal Engineers : Volume IX' by Major-General Pakenham-Walsh, 'The Account of the Operations of the 2nd Army in Europe 1944- 1945 : Volume 1' by 2nd Army HQ.