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Title:ACTIVITIES IN THE ORNE BRIDGEHEAD, JUNE 1944 (PART 5) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 44-3
Summary: No 6 Commando in action in the Amfréville-Bréville sector of the Orne bridgehead.
Description: I. A barrage from 51st (Highland) Division's artillery falls at dawn on the German held village of Bréville opposite 1st Special Service Brigade's sector of the Orne bridgehead. Men serving with No 6 Commando examine an SdKfz 10/4 halftrack self-propelled gun (carrying a 2cm FlaK 38 gun) and its ammunition trailer found abandoned but intact in Amfréville. Elsewhere in the stoutly built stone farm used by the Commando as its HQ, men cook meals; a 174th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps ambulance is seen on hand to collect casualties.
II. Lord Lovat, the Special Service Brigade's commander, holds an open air press conference. Amfréville's inhabitants register with the British Civil Affairs authorities in the town hall. Commandos are seen in position in Amfréville on the alert for possible counter-attacks. Two commandos patrol the village and fraternise with children from a family who have stayed on. A commando digs in near two German graves while his comrade cleans his rifle. At dusk, the Commando's mortar platoon prepares its 3-inch mortars for action and looses off several rounds in support of a British attack on Bréville.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Clague, N (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Lovat, Simon Christopher Joseph Fraser (person)
British Army, 6 Commando (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Army Medical Corps, Field Ambulance 174 (regiment/service)
Keywords: combat, British - mortar bombardment (object name)
combat, British - artillery bombardment (object name)
armour, German - halftrack: Sdkfz 10/4 (object name)
weapons, German - gun [AA]: 2cm Flak 38 (object name)
weapons, British - mortar: 3-inch mortar (object name)
transport, British military - ambulance (object name)
journalism and record, British - press (object name)
society, French - friendship (object name)
administration, British - occupation (object name)
operations, British military - preparation: combat (object name)
Second World War, North West Europe & Operation Overlord & (?) 10/6/1944 = 12/6/1944 (event)
Amfreville, Calvados, France (geography)
Bréville, Calvados, France (geography)