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Title:15TH (SCOTTISH) DIVISION ADVANCES WITH 12TH CORPS TO THE LOWER SEINE (PART 3) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 140-2
Summary: 12th Corps attempts to establish a bridgehead on the north bank of the Seine twenty miles upstream from Rouen.
Description: Troops serving with the 15th Recce Regiment ride in a Humber III light recce car and Austin K5 lorries past destroyed German transport on the Le Neubourg-Louviers road. Wehrmacht stragglers are given a ride to the nearest POW cage on two Universal carriers from the 2nd Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders' support company. Men serving in various 15th (Scottish) Division units, notably the 131st Field Regiment RA, motor through Louviers and cross a bridge which the Germans failed to demolish. Civilians watch 227th Brigade's transport (which includes several DUKWs) cross the River Eure on a Bailey bridge at the site of a bridge blown-up by the retreating Germans. An infantry section from the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders' 'O' company drags a storm boat to the edge of the Seine opposite Le Mesnil-Ande. Three sections head across the river. Men from the battalion's HQ company await news of the assault party on the Seine's north shore, all of whom having been either killed or captured in the meantime.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Johnson, John Norman (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 2nd Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Gordon Highlanders, 2nd Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 227 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 15 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Artillery (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 12 (regiment/service)
Keywords: transport, British military - truck: Austin 3-ton 4x4 truck (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Humber III light reconnaissance car (object name)
armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
transport, United States military - amphibious: DUKW (object name)
buildings, French - institutional: bridge (object name)
operations, Allied military - movement: river crossing (object name)
engineering, military, British: Bailey bridge (object name)
materiel - wreckage (object name)
Louviers, Eure, France (geography)
Seine (River), France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 140-1, 3, 6, 141-2, 4, 143-8, 9, 145-6, 7, 10, 146-5, 6, 7, 152-1, 2, 155-2 to 7 for footage showing 12th Corps' advance from Normandy across the Seine to northern Belgium late August - early September 1944. Although some of the 2nd Gordon Highlanders' 'D' company were drowned during the Seine crossing, those captured by the Germans on the far shore were freed from captivity soon afterwards.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 140-1, 3, 6 (which contain complementary and almost identical river assault sequences).
Documentation/associated material: In addition to the publications listed in A70 140-1, for a bibliography, read 'The Life of a Regiment : Volume 1 - The Gordon Highlanders 1919-1945' by Wilfred Miles and 'The History of the 2nd Argylls (Reconstituted) European Campaign 1944-1945' by W L McElwee.