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Title:THE 53RD (WELSH) DIVISION AND 15TH (SCOTTISH) DIVISION IN ACTION IN THE ODON VALLEY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 85-7
Description: A sergeant checks his first-aid kit before he and his regimental aid post move off with the rest of the 4th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers (RWF) to its start-line for an assault on Evrecy in the evening of July 16th 1944. The Fusiliers march past the crew of Loyd carrier from the battalion's anti-tank platoon which is trying to start up its engine. Infantrymen take a break during the preparations for the operation. Churchill infantry tanks and Stuart light tanks from the 7th Royal Tank Regiment move up with the 4th RWF to 158th Brigades' start-lines; providing the 7th RTR with additional fire-power are M10 SPGs from the 86th Anti-Tank Regiment RA. At dawn on the following day, Shermans from the Royal Scots Greys move up towards the Odon bridge-head. A 1st Battalion Middlesex Regiment universal carrier crosses the Odon at Tourville; units from the 46th Brigade march through Tourville past an abandoned German 10.5cm howitzer. Humber armoured cars from the 15th Reconnaissance Regiment pass a knocked-out Panther Ausf. D tank (formally of the 10th SS Panzer Division?) on the road leading into Tourville.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Walter, Ernest Henry1919Family origin: Barry, Glamorgan, South Wales (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Army Medical Corps (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 12 (regiment/service)
British Army, Middlesex Regiment, 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 15 (regiment/service)
British Army, Welch Fusiliers, Royal, 4th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 158 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 53 (regiment/service)
British Army, East Lancashire Regiment, 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - tank: Churchill (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M3 Stuart III light tank (object name)
armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Humber (object name)
armour, United States - SPG: M10 Wolverine (object name)
armour, German - tank: Panther Ausf D (object name)
armour, British - carrier: Loyd (object name)
weapons, British - gun [AT]: 57mm 6-pounder (object name)
01/5(4-16).2 [ Operation Greenline] (event)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See A70 83-7 and 87-3 and 4 for footage showing artillery, armoured and infantry units in action during 12th Corps' abortive assault on Evrecy and refer generally to material shot during Operation "Epsom" and A70 76-4, 5 and 6, 94-6 and 7 and 96-2 and 3 for footage showing the 43rd (Wessex) Division in action in the Hill 112 sector of the Odon valley.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with items listed above, notably A70 83-7.
Documentation/associated material: in addition to the items listed in A70 83-7 as a bibliography, refer to 'The History of the 53rd (Welsh) Division in the Second World War' by C N Barclay and 'Second to None : The Royal Scots Greys 1919-1945' by Lieutenant-Colonel (now Lord) Carver.