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Title:AIRBORNE ARTILLERY IN ACTION IN THE ORNE BRIDGE-HEAD [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 110-1
Summary: Gunners serving with the 53rd (Worcester Yeomanry) Airlanding Light Regiment RA's 231 Battery provides No 4 Special Service Brigade with artillery support on 6th Airborne Division's sector of the Orne bridge-head.
Description: On receipt of a request from No 4 SS Brigade's HQ for artillery support, the battery's gunners go into action with their American-manufactured 75mm light howitzers. The battery sergeant informs them of their targets before they are called to action stations. A loudspeaker relays firing orders from the battery's command post to the individual gun emplacements; one particular gun detachment trains its 75mm howitzer onto the selected target and prepares shells for firing.
Notes: Note: See A70 110-2 for complementary footage shot at an airborne OP (Observation Post) and refer generally to footage showing the 6th Airborne Division in action in the Orne bridge-head on D-Day and at other times in June 1944. From D-Day onwards until the Allied break-out from Normandy at the end of August 1944, the airborne division served in the Orne bridge-head as an ordinary infantry formation.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with A70 110-2 and with 112-2 and 4 and 113-8 and 9 for footage showing commando units in action in the Orne bridge-head during early August 1944.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to 'The Red Beret : The Story of the Parachute Regiment 1940- 1945' by Hilary St George Saunders, Victory in the West : Volume 1' by L F Ellis and Belfield and Essame's 'The Battle for Normandy' in which the nature of the fighting in the Orne bridge- head during July and August 1944 is well conveyed.