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Title:REINFORCEMENTS FOR THE INVASION OF NORMANDY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 36-5
Description: I. A Church of England padre (Reverend Captain Roberts) attached to No 23 or 25 Airfield Construction Group leads a small congregation in hymn-singing on the deck of the Samarovsk at anchor in the Thames estuary.
II. While en route to Normandy with Force 'L', the cameraman's own vessel encounters a Liberty ship, the Sambut, hit and set on fire by German long-range guns at Cape Gris Nez. A naval trawler or 'Flower' Class corvette and a Fairmile 'B' Launch stand by to give the burning wreck assistance.
Notes: Summary: part I was filmed on 5/6/1944 and part II on 6/6/1944. The Sambut was hit by two 16-inch shells shortly after midday on D-Day while three miles off Dover; on board were elements of the 92nd LAA Regiment RA, a 3rd Division unit.
Remarks: good footage.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 35-2 and 'The Assault Division' by N Scarfe in which the loss of the 'Sambut' is mentioned.