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Title:A 50TH (NORTHUMBRIAN) DIVISION INFANTRY PATROL IN THE VILLAGE OF HOTTOT (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 90-6
Summary: The 9th Battalion Durham Light Infantry sends a patrol to investigate the deserted, ruined village of Hottot.
Description: Using a hedgerow along the Caen - Caumont road for cover, the patrol - less than a section strong - approaches the village and, once in the main street, dash from house to house covered by the team's bren-gunner; note the booby trap and landmine warnings chalked onto the farm cart in the foreground. The patrol, now deployed on both sides of the street, dives for cover to avoid sniper fire and then, with the bren-gunner covering their advance, move-off; note Sergeant Ginger AFPU filming this activity. Tired-looking infantrymen dig slit-trenches in the DLI's position outside the village.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Leatherbarrow, RichardPrior to the Second World War Leatherbarrow was a portrait photographer. During the Second World War he joined the Royal Armoured Corps, transferring to the Army Film and Photographic Unit in 1943, when he received training at Pinewood. He was one of the cameramen on Juno Beach during the D-Day Landings. (Production individual)
Notes: Note: For footage showing tank, infantry, artillery and medical units in action with 50th Division during the fighting for Hottot, see A70 77-11 to 15, 78-1, 2, 7, 79-4, 5, 7, 90-7. Refer generally to ciné material showing front-line patrolling, notably A70 5-1, 78-4 and 123-5.
Remarks: The generally relaxed manner of the patrollers seen here and the presence of Sergeant Ginger AFPU filming in the background subverts the cameraman's efforts to lend front-line realism to this story although the runs are real enough. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 90-7 which contains similar, complementary footage.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography refer to the publications listed in A70 41-3 and 4.