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Title:ROYAL MARINE COMMANDOS PATROL NO-MAN'S LAND IN THE ORNE BRIDGE-HEAD [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 113-8
Summary: After the initial fighting for the capture and retention of the Orne bridge-head during June 1944, the war settles down to a relatively low pitch, punctuated by constant and frequently aggressive patrolling by both sides. In this film, Royal Marine Commandos serving with No 47 Commando's No 3 Mortar Platoon are sent on patrol in the event of a German attack on their mortar positions outside the village of Le Plein.
Description: The patrol stealthily moves through a claustrophobically dense and overgrown wood; one of the commandos is camouflaged for sniper duty. Earlier, the patrol leader, a staff sergeant, briefs his team and supervises preparations for the sortie. Prior to leaving British lines the commandos hand in all letters and identification documents, etc in the event of any one of them falling into enemy hands.
Production Details: Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Connolly, J R (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, Royal Marines & Commandos (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Airborne, 6 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 1 (regiment/service)
British Army, Special Service Gp (regiment/service)
Keywords: combat, British military - sortie: patrol (object name)
intelligence, military, Allied - briefing (object name)
equipment, British military - camouflage (object name)
La Plein, Calvados, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See A70 112-2 and 4 and 113-9, which contains footage complementary to this material, and refer to A70 110-1 and 2, which shows airborne RA units in action in the Orne bridge-head in early August 1944, and to footage showing airborne and commando units in action in Normandy on D-Day and thereafter. No 47 (RM) Commando served with No 4 SS Brigade under 6th Airborne Division's command.
Remarks: Best seen with items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 113-9.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 112-2.