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Title:30TH CORPS ASSAULTS MONT PINCON [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 113-25
Summary: 43rd (Wessex) Division's 129th Brigade tackles Mont Pincon's western slopes while the rest of the division consolidates its grip on newly-won ground.
Description: A 43rd Recce. Regiment trooper turned PIAT operator keeps watch from his slit-trench as a Loyd carrier and a Churchill AVRE rumble past. A Bren gunner is covered in dust by a 13/18th Hussars Firefly tank as it moves up to join 129th Brigade. German mortar bombs explode on the thickly-wooded slopes of Mont Pincon as the 4th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry fights its way towards the summit. A convoy of 30th Corps RASC Fordson and Dodge 3-tonners ferrying supplies to the front grinds its way slowly up the Caen-Vire highway beyond Jurques; two 1st Worcester Regiment trucks head past the road convoy in the opposite direction. Black smoke rises on the distant slopes of Mont Pincon after a rocket- attack made by RAF fighter-bombers. Two 4th Dorset Regiment riflemen patrol the recently-captured village of Ondefontaine, still littered with its previous occupant's equipment. The village church, used as a mortuary by the Germans, has survived the fighting.
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)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Engineers (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, 79 (regiment/service)
British Army, Hussars, 13/18 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 129 (regiment/service)
British Army, Worcestershire Regiment, 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Dorsetshire Regiment, 4th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 130 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 43 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Army Service Corps (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 30 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 214 (regiment/service)
Keywords: transport, United States military - truck: Dodge 3-ton 4x2 (object name)
armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman Firefly & [British] (object name)
Operation Bluecoat, Mont Pinçon 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See A70 105-3, 4 and 5, 107-6, 7, 8, 9, 109-6, 112-3, 113-25, 22, 115-1, 2 and 3 and 116-9 for footage showing the 43rd (Wessex) division in action during "Bluecoat" culminating in the capture of Mont Pincon. Refer generally to the material showing the 50th (Northumbrian) and 7th Armoured Divisions in action during "Bluecoat".
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 112-3 which shows infantry and armoured units advancing through the 'bocage' towards Ondefontaine.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 105-3 and 4.