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Title:THE 59TH (STAFFORDSHIRE) DIVISION GOES INTO ACTION NORTH OF CAEN ON THE SECOND DAY OF OPERATION "CHARNWOOD" (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 75-1
Description: I. Hit by anti-tank artillery, a Sherman tank (East Riding Yeomanry's 'A' squadron) 'brews-up' outside St Contest; an infantryman (1/7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment's 'D' company?) with a torn sleeve and possibly wounded, crawls through the wheat in the foreground. Two HQ troop (?) Shermans and an OP carrier (?), with a Browning .50 calibre machine gun, shelter casualties into a CMP 3-ton ambulance (59th (Staffordshire) or 3rd Canadian Division) which then drives away.
II. Explosions appear as Churchill AVREs 'petard' positions held by 25th SS Panzer-Grenadier Regiment around the château at Galmanche (?); a Firefly (ERY's 'C' squadron) joins in the bombardment - in the foreground is an abandoned (?) 17-pounder gun (68th Anti-Tank Regiment RA ?). The petard bombardment sends explosions into the air; an M5 OP or command half-truck and two Shermans close in on their objective. A dead 'Hitlerjugend' panzergrenadier awaits burial in Galmanche (?). Infantrymen (2/5th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers) march towards St Contest with detachments from 211th Field Ambulance RAMC's No 6 section and their own carrier platoon and transport echelon.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film Unit (Production company)
Watkins, R V (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: Saint Contest, Calvados, France (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 275 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: See with A70 72-4 to 7, 9; 73-1, 3; 74-1; 76-2; 77-1, 3 to 8; 78-3 for footage showing 59th (Staffordshire) Division in action during "Charnwood". Part 1 of the synopsis may have been shot on 8/7/1944. The Location for Part 2 may be Malon but the presence of AVREs suggests that it is Galmanche, where a château converted into a strong-point was successfully attacked by AVREs and infantry.
Excellent action footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 72-5, 6, 7 which contain complementary footage to Part I of the synopsis.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography refer to the publications listed in A70 71-3 , 72-3, 4, 5; 73-1.