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Title:LANDINGS ON 'GOLD' BEACH, 6 AND 7 JUNE 1944 (PART 2) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 33-2
Summary: Scenes showing 50th Division units preparing for D-Day, the assault on 'Gold' Beach and troops coming ashore on D+1.
Description: I. LST 406 disgorges detachments from a US Army artillery unit and the 22nd Armoured Brigade onto 'Jig Green' Beach at low tide while a US Navy tank landing craft disembarks British troops (1/7th Queens or Royal Engineers).
II. Tanks, recovery and engineering equipment and transport belonging to 69th Brigade's supporting assault units are assembled in C13 marshalling camp near Winchester.
III. Troops receive 24-hour ration packs.
IV. A rising tide compresses armour, self-propelled artillery, transport and wreckage along 'King Red' Beach. A man is lowered over the side of Sergeant Ginger's infantry landing craft. 56th Brigade troops wade ashore from US Navy landing craft. A sign warns of minefields behind 'King Red'.
V. A 6th Green Howards soldier gets his hair cut in camp.
VI. An LCT convoy sails for Normandy.
VII. The 6th Green Howards takes its first prisoners; these are escorted to the beach. Beach Group sappers probe a ditch behind 'King Red' for mines. A 6th Green Howards carrier has its waterproof skirting removed. The battalion advances inland with several armoured fighting vehicles including a 50th Division Wolverine and several Sextons.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Ginger (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Laing, A C D (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: United States Army & [artillery] (regiment/service)
United States Navy (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 50 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Engineers (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 22 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 69 (regiment/service)
British Army, Yorkshire Regiment, Green Howards, 6th Battalion (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, United States naval - amphibious: LCT (object name)
ships, United States naval - amphibious: LST 406 (object name)
operations, British military - preparation: combat (object name)
operations, British military - mines: clearance (object name)
operations, British military - movement: ship (object name)
prisoners of war, German - surrender (object name)
armour, Canadian - SPG: Sexton 25-pounder & [British] (object name)
armour, United States - SPG: M10 Wolverine & [British] (object name)
society, British military - sustenance (object name)
12/5(261.22).7 [ Operation Neptune] (event)
GB, England & Winchester area, Hants <C13 marshalling camp> (geography)
King Red Beach, Calvados, France (geography)
Jig Green Beach, Le Hamel, Calvados, France (geography)
Notes: Production: part I of the synopsis was filmed on 7/6/1944, part II on 31/5/1944, part III on 2/6/1944, part IV on 6/6/1944, part V on 2/6/1944, part VI on 5/6/1944 and part VII on 6/6/1944
Remarks: some excellent footage, although part II suffers from being slightly too dark (aperture setting faulty?). Shots taken on 'King Red' Beach and a little further inland capture portions of the invasion which were moments of chaos and triumph all in one, notably the infantryman cupping his hand in encouragement or exhilaration as armour heads inland away from the traffic jam on the beach