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Title:1ST CORPS CONSOLIDATES ITS HOLD ON CAEN (PART 4) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 77-4
Summary: Some of the inhabitants of Caen return to their devastated homes.
Description: Two civilians, one a Roman Catholic priest, wave to the cameraman as they walk into Caen along the Caen-Bieville/Douvres-la-Délivrande road past two British infantrymen or sappers (who attention has been diverted by something they have noticed in the ruins nearby). A family group returns to the town along the same route; a panorama of the devastation on both sides of the road leading into Caen provides some clues as to the hardships this and other families will have to endure in the following months. Assisted by FFI volunteers, British sappers (246th or 253rd Field Company RE) unearth a glass mine near the Château de Caen and attach a pulling line to it; the cameraman observes at a distance the combined French-British team at work. A 59th (Staffordshire) Division sergeant - a despatch rider or 'Redcap' - chats amiably to two young French couples.
Notes: See with A70 71-3, to 5, 9, 72-3, 5 to 9 73-1 to 3, 5 to 8, 78-3, 5, 79-1, 2, 80-3, for footage showing 3rd and 59th Divisions in action during 'Charnwood' and scenes inside Caen after its fall.
Remarks: Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above notably A70 76-1, 76-3, 77-2, 3, 6, 8 which contain footage showing British troops occupying the ruins of Caen (the last four items containing similar, complementary footage).