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Title:30TH CORPS IN ACTION SOUTH OF BAYEUX (PART 2) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 43-1
Summary: Units of the 50th (Northumbrian) Division and the 8th Armoured Brigade are sent into action to reinforce 30th Corps attempt to pierce the German lines south of Bayeux.
Description: A padre holds an open-air service for men serving with the 5th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment in an orchard in St Léger before the battalion returns to the front-line. Sherman and Firefly tanks belonging to the 24th Lancers move 'A' Squadron up towards the village of Audrieu and Point 103 (Le Haut D'Audrieu) in support of 69th Brigade's operations designed to outflank Tilly-sur-Seulles. Sherman 'Crab' minesweeping tanks (one minus its flail jib) from the Westminster Dragoons 'C' Squadron move up to the front past a self-propelled artillery position near Martragny. Here, Sexton 25-pounder self-propelled guns belonging to 90th Field Regiment RA's 465 Battery ('E' and 'F' Troops) lay down a barrage on positions held by the 12th SS Panzer and 716th Infantry Divisions in woods north of St Pierre.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Parkinson (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 281 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: For footage showing 50th Division in action alongside 7th Armoured Division with 30th Corps during June 1944 see A70 37-3, 41-3, 4, 43-2 to 4, 45-8, 46-8, 47-6, 52-2 to 5. The Northumbrian Division had three Field Regiments - 74th, 90th and 124th Field Regiments RA - as part of its normal RA establishment, during the post D-Day period. It also had the 86th Field Regiment RA under its command.
Remarks: good shots of Sexton SP6s in action. Best seen with the items of cinema material listed above, notably A70 43-3 and 45-8 which contain shots of Sextons in action.
Documentation/associated material: in addition to the publications listed in A70 41-3 for a bibliography read The East Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of York's Own) in the War 1939/45 by Lieutenant Colonel Nightingale, and the Westminster Dragoons in North-West Europe June 1944-May 1945 by the Regiment.