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Title:ARMOURED UNITS MOVE UP TO THE FRONT FOR OPERATION 'GOODWOOD' [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 85-4
Description: Universal carriers (1st Motor Battalion Grenadier Guards), a Valentine 'Scissors' bridgelayer (possibly 2nd Armoured Battalion Grenadier Guards), two Shermans (5th Guards Armoured Brigade HQ), two Cromwells, one Stuart VI and a Staghound armoured car (Guards Armoured Division HQ), several M10 Achilles 17-pounder self- propelled guns (21st Anti-Tank Regiment RA), a Humber scout car and another Cromwell tank (2nd Armoured Recce Battalion Welsh Guards 'A' squadron), several Loyd carriers and 6-pounder guns (1st Battalion Welsh Guards) and a squadron of Sherman Crab flail tanks (22nd Dragoons 'B' squadron) move up in hot and extremely dusty conditions towards the Orne river crossings as Operation "Goodwood" gets under way.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Collins (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Artillery (regiment/service)
British Army, Welsh Guards, Armoured Recce 2nd Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Guards Armoured Division (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Dragoons, 22 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 30 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, 79 (regiment/service)
British Army, Grenadier Guards, Motor 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, Guards, 5 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
armour, British - funnies: Valentine bridgelayer (object name)
armour, British - tank: Cromwell (object name)
Stuart VI light tank (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Staghound (object name)
armour, United States - SPG: M10 Achilles (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Humber scout car (object name)
armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman Crab & [British] (object name)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 86-2 and 89-1 and 92-7 (the last two items including footage showing Guards Armoured Division units in action during "Goodwood") and with material showing military traffic crossing the bridges linking the Orne bridgehead to the rest of the Normandy beach-head. Part of the 22nd Dragoons was assigned to the 2nd Armoured Battalion Irish Guards for "Goodwood".
Remarks: Good shots of the vehicles mentioned in the synopsis and a useful pictorial record of the climatic conditions prevailing during the early stages of Operation "Goodwood".
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to A70 85-3 and 86-8. Read also 'The XXII Dragoons 1760-1945 : The Story of a Regiment' by Raymond Birt.