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Title:ANTI-TANK GUNNERS FROM 59TH (STAFFORDSHIRE) DIVISION TAKE A BREAK (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 77-7
Summary: Gunners serving in the 6th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment's anti-tank platoon relax during their spell in reserve with 177th Brigade.
Description: The cameraman surveys the site in the village of La Bijude where the six-pounder anti-tank gun detachment has built or taken over a covered dugout and an adjacent slit-trench, in which two gunners, clutching their SMLE rifles, are seen asleep. An alarm clock wakens the gunners who take up position with their rifles in the slit-trench; on realising that no emergency call to arms has taken place, the two men vent their annoyance at the clock by throwing dirt at it and go back to sleep (3 takes). Seen harbouring in the field in the background are Sherman tanks belonging to the 13/18th Hussars.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 50 ft; Running time: 1 min
Notes: Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 71-3, 72-3, 4.
Remarks: best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 77-5 which contains complementary footage.
Summary: see with A70 72-4 to 7, 9, 73-1, 3, 74-1, 75-1, 77-1, 3 to 6, 8, 78-3 for footage showing 59th (Staffordshire) Division during 'Charnwood'.