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Title:1ST CORPS CONSOLIDATES ITS HOLD ON CAEN (PART 3) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 77-3
Description: A Sherman Firefly and two other Sherman tanks belonging to the 13/18th Hussars' 'A' squadron motor into La Bijude past Shermans (their turrets at 3 o'clock) already in harbour in the devastated village. In Caen, members of a French family shake hands with Sergeant Collins AFPU and make their way out of Caen's 'blitzed' northern suburbs along the Caen-Bieville/Douvres-la-Délivrande road; other civilians pick their way through the ruins in search of their home. An infantry section (1st Battalion King's Own Scots Borderers or 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles) patrols a street. Civilians survey the wreckage of their home and sift through the rubble for their belongings. Near the Château de Caen, NCOs from the 59th Staffordshire Division chat to two young French couples, watched by a despatch rider (2nd RUR or 2/6th South Staffordshire Regiment). A captured Kübelwagen, in the hands of 253rd Field Company RE, motors out of Caen, leaving behind it a wilderness of bomb-craters, gutted buildings and rubble.
Notes: See with A70 71-3 to 5, 9, 72-3, 5, to 9, 73-1 to 4, 74-1 to 3, 75-1 to 5, 76-1 to 3, 77-1, 2, 4, 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, notable A70 70-1, 76-3, 77-2, 4, 6, 8, which contain footage showing British troops occupying the ruins of Caen (the last four items containing similar, complementary footage).