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Title:AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS ON THE SEINE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 136-11
Summary: Vital to the success of 30th Corps' assault across the Seine at Vernon is the work of sapper units responsible for ferrying men, supplies and heavy weapons to the battalions in 129th Brigade's bridgehead on the north bank. In this film, engineers operate craft used for transporting troops and material over the river.
Description: Under the cover of a smoke-screen, sappers belonging to one of the 43rd (Wessex) Division's engineering companies, 533 Field Company RE, prepare a close-support raft they assembled the previous evening for ferrying anti-tank guns to the 5th Wiltshires' 'B' and 'C' companies in Vernonnet on the north bank. An engineer from 15th (Kent) GHQ Troops RE tries to start an outboard motor fitted to his assault dinghy.
Notes: Note: See with A70 135-3, 4 and 5, 136-9, 10 and 12, 139-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, 140-5, 141-3, and 142-6, 7 and 9 for footage showing 30th Corps' crossing of the Seine at Vernon.
Remarks: Good action footage. Best seen with items listed above, notably A70 135-3, 4 and 5.
Documentation/associated material: read 'The 43rd Wessex Division at War 1944-1945 by H Essame, Major- General Pakenham-Walsh's 'The History of the Corps of Royal Engineers : Volume IX', 2nd Army HQ's 'The Account of the Operations of the 2nd Army in Europe 1944-1945 : Volume 1'.