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Title:THE 4TH CANADIAN ARMOURED DIVISION LIBERATES THE TOWN OF BROGLIE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 135-6
Summary: The citizens of Broglie greet armoured units spearheading 2nd Canadian Corps' advance to the lower Seine as they race through the town.
Description: The machine-gunner/assistant driver of a Sherman tank belonging to the 22nd Armoured Regiment (The Canadian Grenadier Guards) is given a glass of wine to drink by a Frenchwoman during a pause in the advance. FFI volunteers and townspeople gather in small groups in the rain to greet the crews of Shermans from the same regiment as they motor through Broglie; all the tanks seen here have spare track links (including some 'borrowed' from a Panther or Tiger tank) draped over their bow armour and turrets. Elements of the 22nd Armoured Regiment's headquarters in the form of Humber and Ford Lynx (?) scout cars, a DR (despatch rider) and a CMP 15-cwt truck drive past; civilians greet the crew of a Stuart V (Honey) tank from the regiment's recce troop (note the Priest 'Kangaroo' APC partly visible in the background). German POWs are delivered to an improvised cage (?) in a White scout car.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Johnson, John Norman (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Canadian Army, Canadian Armoured Div 4 (regiment/service)
British Army, Armoured Bde 4 (regiment/service)
Canadian Army, Grenadier Guards, Canadian, Armoured Regt 22 (regiment/service)
Canadian Army, Canadian Corps 2 (regiment/service)
Free French Forces, Forces Francaises de l'Interieur (regiment/service)
Keywords: transport, Canadian military - truck: CMP truck (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Daimler scout car & [Canadian] (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Humber scout car & [Canadian] (object name)
armour, United States - armoured car: M7 Priest Kangaroo APC & [Canadian] (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M3 Stuart V & [Canadian] (object name)
operations, Canadian military - movement: road (object name)
prisoners of war, German - detention: cage (object name)
law and order, Allied - liberation: Broglie (object name)
Broglie, Eure, France (geography)
Notes: Note: Refer generally to footage showing the breakout from Normandy. The 4th Canadian Armoured Division first went into action during Operation "Tractable" on August 14th 1944, in which it suffered heavy casualties trying to break through the German defences covering Falaise. It redeemed its reputation during the final days of the Falaise-Argentan 'Gap' battle by helping to trap the fleeing Germans.
Remarks: Good shots of the vehicles listed in the synopsis. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, read 'The Victory Campaign' by the Canadian Army's official historian, Colonel Stacey and L F Ellis' 'Victory in the West : Volumes 1 and 2.