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Title:15TH (SCOTTISH) DIVISION ADVANCES WITH 12TH CORPS TO THE LOWER SEINE (PART 2) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 140-1
Summary: Incidents during 15th (Scottish) Division's advance towards the lower Seine.
Description: Infantrymen belonging to the 7th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders march through countryside towards Emanville, a village situated six miles south of Le Neubourg, and are treated to glasses of cider by a local French family. Civilian cyclists and a jeep belonging to a 19th US Corps unit and a Fordson 15-cwt truck from 227th Brigade HQ head into Le Neubourg under the direction of a military policeman on traffic duty. The cameraman surveys the unspoilt countryside of the Eure valley around the town of Louviers three miles from the Seine. A few miles further upstream, the cameraman examines a bridge which once spanned the Eure before being blown-up by the Germans in order to delay the Allied advance to the Seine.
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: British Army, Seaforth Highlanders, 7th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 46 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 15 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 12 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 227 (regiment/service)
United States Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: buildings, French - institutional: bridge & [wrecked] (object name)
transport, United States military - truck: Fordson 15cwt 4x2 (object name)
Liberation (object name)
society, military - friendship: fraternisation (object name)
signs, military and civilian (object name)
demolition, German - denial (object name)
Eure, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 140-2, 3, 6, 141-2, 4, 143-8, 9, 145-6, 7, 10, 146-5, 6, 152-1, 2, 155-2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 for footage showing 12th Corps advance from Normandy across the Seine to northern Belgium late August - early September 1944. In an attempt to secure crossings across the lower Seine and to cut off German units retreating towards the river, some US army units got as far as Elbeuf.
Remarks: Best seen with the items of ciné material above, notably A70 140B and 3 which contain footage which when seen together, provides good coverage of the 15th (Scottish) Division's drive to the lower Seine.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, read 'An Account of the Operations of 2nd Army in Europe 1944-1945 : Volume 1' by 2nd Army HQ, L F Ellis' 'Victory in the West'. Chester Wilmot's 'Struggle for Europe', 'The Victory Campaign' by Colonel Stacey (the Canadian army's official historian), Lieutenant-General H G Martin's 'The 15th (Scottish) Division 1939-1945'.