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Title:DAMAGED ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLES ARE SALVAGED AND REPAIRED (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 57-8
Summary: British and German armour and guns are seen in a British Army scrapyard, also film of captured German coastal defences.
Description: I. A Caterpillar tractor towing a burnt-out Sherman DD tank and a Diamond T wrecker lorry from a 21st Army Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers unit carrying a section of radar mast (?) in its jib arrive at a scrapyard set up by 1st Corps REME and Royal Army Service Corps units at La Délivrande. A REME fitter rescues a length of chain from a wrecked M5 halftrack. Armour plate cut away from a German armoured fighting vehicle is picked up and taken away in a Fordson 15cwt truck belonging to the East Riding Yeomanry's Light Aid Detachment. Among the items in the yard are the superstructure from a Sturmgeschütz III and, nearby, bogie wheels and a 75mm gun from a Sherman tank, a wrecked jeep and a Sherman Crab's flail jib (?), a French 75mm cannon, built in 1918 and used by the Germans for coastal defence, and a damaged British 5.5-inch gun.
II. At Petit Enfer captured by No 46 (Royal Marine) Commando on D+1, the cameraman examines the German defences. From a 5cm gun position (with a clear arc of fire over the beach) runs a narrow communications trench linking it with its underground ammunition shelter and with sea-side villas converted into strongpoints and subsequently wrecked on June 7 1944.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Palmer, F A W (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (regiment/service)
British Army, 1st East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry, Light Aid Detachment (regiment/service)
Keywords: transport, United States military - prime mover: Caterpillar tractor & [British] (object name)
transport, United States military - truck, special: Diamond T wrecker truck & [British] (object name)
armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman DD & [British] (object name)
armour, United States - halftrack: M5 & [British] & [wrecked] (object name)
armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman Crab & [British] & [wrecked] (object name)
transport, British military - truck: Fordson WOT2 15cwt truck (object name)
armour, German - SPG: StuG III & [wrecked] (object name)
weapons, United States - gun: 75mm gun & [British] (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 5.5-inch gun (object name)
weapons, French - gun: 1918 75mm cannon & [captured] & [impressed] (object name)
defences, German - emplacement: [captured] & [damaged] (object name)
operations, British military - salvage: armour recovery (object name)
buildings, British - military: REME scrapyard (object name)
Second World War, North West Europe & Operation Overlord & 24/6/1944 (event)
Douvres-la-Délivrande, Calvados, France (geography)
Petit Enfer, France (geography)