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Title:ACTIVITIES IN THE ORNE BRIDGEHEAD, JUNE 1944 (PART 7) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 47-3
Summary: Bridges over the Canal de Caen de la Mer and the Orne River, designed to link the Orne bridgehead with the rest of the British sector of the Normandy beach-head, are seen after their completion by Royal Engineer units attached to 1st Corps.
Description: At Ouistreham, a sign tacked onto an electricity pylon forbids swimming near lock gates and along the banks of the Canal de Caen; nearby Royal Engineers (240th Field Company RE?) have laid a two-span Class 40 Bailey bridge over the closed lock gates. The camera examines a shrapnel-peppered milestone on the N 814 Caen-Cabourg road at Bénouville. Nearby 'London II' Bridge, a Class 40 Bailey tidal pontoon bridge over two hundred feet long, has been built over the Orne by 263rd Field Company RE (?).
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Gross, A C (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: engineering, military, British: bridge building (object name)
Second World War, North West Europe & Operation Overlord & 15/6/1944 (event)
Canal de Caen À La Mer, Ouistreham, Calvados, France (geography)
N 814 Caen-Cabourg Road, Benouville, Calvados, France (geography)
Orne (River), France (geography)