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Summary: Churchill Crocodile tanks belonging to one of the 141st (The Buffs) RAC's tank squadrons demonstrate the terrifying effectiveness of their flame-throwers in the countryside around Bretteville-sur-Odon .
Description: I. Two tanks from The Buffs 'A' (?) squadron, seen here simulating combat procedure by operating in a pair, squirt liquid flame over ground and onto a ruined farmhouse while on the move.
II. At a filling point, one of the Crocodiles' 6 1/2-ton armoured trailers is replenished with FTF No 1, a thick, jelly- like and highly inflammable fluid.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Watkins, R V (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Bde, Armoured, 31 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Armoured Corps, Bn 141 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, 79 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - funnies: Churchill Crocodile (object name)
Notes: Note: See with A70 135-8 and refer to A70 11-1 and 2 for similar, more detailed footage showing Churchill Crocodile flame- throwing tanks in action. The 141st RAC, part of the 31st Armoured Brigade (itself a component of the 79th Armoured Division) was the only tank flame-throwing unit in the 21st Army for the duration of the Normandy campaign.
Remarks: Excellent shots of the Churchill Crocodile in (simulated) action. Little imagination is required to understand why most German troops tended either to run away or to surrender even at the sight of a tank flame-thrower - and why, on the first occasion in which a Churchill Crocodile crew fell into the hands of the Germans, each man was subsequently reported 'missing' (ie shot out of hand).