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Title:BREN-GUNNERS IN ACTION AGAINST SNIPERS IN A VILLAGE IN SOUTHERN HOLLAND [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 182-11
Summary: Advancing along the north bank of the Zuidwillemsvaart Canal, 131st (Queen's) Brigade encounters sporadic opposition as it approaches s'Hertogenbosch.
Description: An infantry section from the 1/5th Battalion Queen's Regiment's 'C' company(?) makes its way along a German trench system between Laar and Berlicum. The crews of two universal carriers from the battalion's support company are seen in action in the village of Berlicum against German snipers barring further progress down the Veghel-Kloosterhoek road; a rifleman from one of the carriers moves forward along a roadside hedgerow to get closer to the Germans. From the first floor window of a restaurant which has been damaged by the fighting, Bren-gunner from the 1/5th Queen's 'A' company joins in the duel with the German snipers. The cameraman focuses on the Bren-gunner in one of the carriers in action, firing shot bursts from his light machine-gun (LMG); an officer (?) observes the effect the Bren-gunners are having on the opposition from the restaurant first floor window. Note that in the brief period of fighting covered in this footage, both carriers have had to pull back a few yards.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Leatherbarrow, RichardPrior to the Second World War Leatherbarrow was a portrait photographer. During the Second World War he joined the Royal Armoured Corps, transferring to the Army Film and Photographic Unit in 1943, when he received training at Pinewood. He was one of the cameramen on Juno Beach during the D-Day Landings. (Production individual)
Notes: Summary: See with A70 182-8, 9, 183-12, 184-5, 187-2, 4, 189-2, 3, 192-1 for footage showing 7th Armoured Division in action during Operation Pheasant and refer to footage showing 51st (Highland) and 53rd (Welsh) Divisions similarly engaged. The capture of s'Hertogenbosch, in which the 7th Armoured, 51st (Highland) and 53rd (Welsh) Division were all involved, was code-named Operation Colin.
Remarks: Good action footage, although some sequences are out of focus.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 182-8.