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Title:THE 51ST (HIGHLAND) DIVISION ADVANCES SOUTH OF CAEN [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 119-5
Description: The 5th Battalion Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders' rifle companies advance across country towards Conteville and Proussy- la-Campagne in company with the battalion's carrier platoon, a lone half-track OP from the 176th Field Regiment RA and a troop of M10s from the 51st (Highland) Division's 61st Anti-Tank Regiment RA. Sherman tanks from the 148th RAC (?) provide the infantry with armoured support as the Cameronians make their way across dry and arid-looking fields pitted with bomb-craters and through a wood similar in general appearance to the heath country around Ascot and parts of Surrey.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Smales, Edgar Hiram1920-08-071984-09-19 (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Cameron Highlanders, 5th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 152 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 51 (regiment/service)
Canadian Army, Canadian Corps 2 (regiment/service)
Canadian Army, Army 1 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Artillery (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 33 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
armour, United States - halftrack: M5 (object name)
destruction, French military - area: bomb (object name)
Operation Totalise 1944, Normandy, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Calvados, France (geography)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 119-2 and 7 for footage taken by Sergeants Collins and McArdle. Refer also to A70 116-1 and 7 and A70 119-1 for material shot by Sergeants Connolly and Walker.
Remarks: A useful record of the appearance of the countryside between Falaise and Caen. Best seen with footage listed above.
Documentation/associated material: read 'The History of the 51st (Highland) Division 1939-1945' by J B Salmond and 'The Official History of the Canadian Army : The Victory Campaign' by Colonel Stacey.