By continuing to use this site without changing your cookie settings,
and for us to access our cookies on your device.
Title:THE BATTLEFIELD NEAR BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 90-8
Summary: 3rd Division's attack on Troarn is slowed down by heavy and persistent German artillery and mortar fire. The surrounding countryside bears all the signs of destruction that aerial bombing and continuous artillery fire can wreck on a battlefield.
Description: A 5th Assault Regiment RE armoured bulldozer clears debris off the Caen-Troarn road at Banneville-la-Campagne, a village largely torn apart by the massive RAF bombing raid that preceded Operation "Goodwood". Abandoned by its German users a "Nebelwerfer" multi-barrelled rocket mortar falls into the hands of the 2nd Middlesex Regiment, 3rd Division's heavy mortar and machine-gun battalion. A bren-gunner and a rifleman share a fox- hole in a field pitted with bomb-craters. Mortar bombs fall on positions occupied by the 2nd Lincolnshire Regiment in "Black Orchard", a place notorious for the regular shell and mortar fire it receives. In attempting to repair communications, a mobile crane comes to grief in a tangle of telegraph cables.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Smales, Edgar Hiram1920-08-071984-09-19 (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Engineers (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 9 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 3 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 1 (regiment/service)
Keywords: transport, - engineering: bulldozer (object name)
weapons, German - rocket: Nebelwerfer (object name)
destruction, French military - area: bomb (object name)
01/5(4-16).233 [ Operation Goodwood] (event)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: For footage showing 3rd British Division units in action during and shortly after Operation "Goodwood", see A70 87-5 and 6, 89-4 and 94-2 and 3 and refer to A70 85-1, 2, 5 and 6. Nebelwerfers in Normandy were distributed among 5 Werfer bridges or regiments, each consisting of 60-70 projectors. The specimen seen here belonged to the 14th Nebelwerfer Regiment's 21st Company.
Remarks: Best seen with items of footage listed above.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to A70 87-5.