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Title:AN INFANTRY BATTALION IN RESERVE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 174-2
Summary: A Scottish battalion welcomes reinforcement drafts and performs maintenance work on its equipment during 15th (Scottish) Division's rest period in Southern Holland.
Description: As part of their introduction to the 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, new recruits are issued with Glengarry caps, regimental cap badges and boots by the battalion's captain quartermaster. In the village of Bakel the battalion cobbler hammers studs into the boots belonging to one of the newcomers. A staff sergeant hands in a pair of worn-out socks. Men serving with the Argylls' 'C' company (?) are seen cleaning a selection of widely- used British infantry weapons, notably a two-inch mortar, a PIAT and a Bren light machine-gun. A fitter adjusts bolts on a sprocket wheel on a universal carrier, which then has mortar or PIAT ammunition containers and a Bren gun put on board.