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Title:MAJOR-GENERAL 'PIP' ROBERTS [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 123-9
Summary: The commander of the 11th Armoured Division confers with his brigade commanders prior to the resumption of the advance, this time eastwards in pursuit of the retreating German armies.
Description: Major-General 'Pip' Roberts confers with Brigadier Churcher and his G-2 and G-3 staff officers at 159th Infantry Brigade's HQ in an orchard near Estry. He leaves for 29th Armoured Brigade's HQ in his own White scout car and en route halts to chat to a 3rd RTR (?) tank commander before meeting Brigadier Roscoe Harvey.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Grant, Ian James1917-04-16Family origin: Edinburgh, Scotland (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Churcher, John Bryan (person)
Harvey, Charles Barnet "Roscoe" (person)
Roberts, George Philip Bradley (person)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 29 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, 11 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 30 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Infantry, 159 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: White scout car (object name)
intelligence, military, Allied - briefing (object name)
Calvados, France (geography)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See generally with all other material showing units of the 11th Armoured Division in action in the Normandy campaign, in particular with footage showing the division advancing eastward to Argentan and beyond. At 37 'Pip' Roberts was the youngest major-general in the British army in 1944, having won his spurs with the 8th Army in North Africa as commander of 23rd Armoured Brigade.
Remarks: Some useful shots of the man who was probably the best British tank commander in 1944.
Documentation/associated material: read 'La Charge du Taureau' by Jean Brisset (in French) and 'Taurus Pursuant - the History of the 11th Armoured Division' by BAOR and 'The Tanks : Volume 2 1939-1945' by B H Liddell Hart.