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Title:15TH (SCOTTISH) DIVISION MOVES UP TO THE FRONT EAST OF LE BENY-BOCAGE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 113-1
Summary: The 7th Battalion Seaforth moves up from Le Beny-Bocage to Catheolles before marching to Les Haies to relieve the 6th Royal Scots Fusiliers.
Description: The Seaforths' rifle companies march in single file along a shady stretch of the road from Le Beny-Bocage to Catheolles (?) as lorries, scout cars, jeeps and lone Welsh Guards (?) Cromwell tank rush past. In the village of Catheolles (?) its inhabitants, sheltering indoors in the midday heat, peer round doorways and windows at the cameraman. A Military Policeman directs a 2nd Grenadier Guards Sherman sporting a 'dozer' attachment onto a dirt road outside Catheolles which is followed in turn by three half-track ambulances from the battalion's RAMC. The Seaforth Highlanders take a rest from the dust and heat at a farmyard outside Catheolles. At a road junction nearby, a column of M10 self-propelled guns, half-tracks, scout-cars, despatch riders and trucks take the road leading out of the Souleuvre valley towards St Charles de Percy. A 1st Middlesex carrier makes the return journey to Catheolles. 15th Division (?) half-tracks and universal carriers rumble through the Souleuvre valley over the bridge at Catheolles.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Palmer, F A W (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Military Police (regiment/service)
British Army, Seaforth Highlanders, 7th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 46 (regiment/service)
British Army, Middlesex Regiment, 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 15 (regiment/service)
British Army, Grenadier Guards, Armoured 2nd Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, Guards, 5 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Army Medical Corps (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - tank: Cromwell & [-] (object name)
armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman Dozer & [British] (object name)
armour, United States - halftrack: M5 ambulance (object name)
armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
Operation Bluecoat, Mont Pinçon 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Cathéoles, Calvados, France (geography)
Le Bény-Bocage, Calvados, France (geography)
Saint Charles-de-Percy, Calvados, France (geography)
Souleuvre Valley, Calvados, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 113-2 for complementary footage taken by Sergeant Lawrie. Refer also to A70 113-16 for material taken by Sergeant H J Jones and to footage relating to Operation "Bluecoat" in general.
Remarks: The hot and dry climatic conditions prevailing at this point in the Normandy campaign and the sleepy rural nature of the countryside 2nd Army was now advancing through are readily apparent in this footage.
Documentation/associated material: read 'The 15th (Scottish) Division 1939-1945' by Lieutenant-General H G Martin, 'The Story of the Guards Armoured Division 1941-1945' by Captain the Earl of Rosse and Colonel Hill and 'The History of the 2nd World War - Victory in the West : Volume 1' by L F Ellis.