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Title:ARTILLERY AND ARMOURED UNITS PARTICIPATE IN 43RD (WESSEX) DIVISION'S ASSAULT ON BRICQUESSARD [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 105-4
Description: A Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry (SRY) Sherman tank heads across country past a troop of Essex Yeomanry Sexton self-propelled guns engaged in bombarding German units in the vicinity of Bricquessard from their gun-lines in the Bois de Bricquessard. The Sherman is overtaken by a Fordson 30-cwt (?) lorry which in turn is pursued by a soldier who is either trying to stop it or trying to cadge a lift. A Loyd carrier from one of 129th (?) Brigade battalion's anti-tank platoons tows a six-pounder gun past a Sexton from which an empty shell-case is thrown out by one of its crew. Wehrmacht troops from the 326th Infantry Division taken prisoner during 129th Brigade's assault on Bricquessard form up before being marched off to a divisional POW cage. Universal carriers from the 8th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, 43rd (Wessex) Division's fire-support battalion, are used to transport wounded German prisoners to a regimental aid post near La Paumerie. Two SRY tanks pound the dust as they head towards Cahagnes.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Parkinson (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Corps 30 (regiment/service)
British Army, Yeomanry, Sherwood Rangers (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Artillery (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Middlesex Regiment, 8th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 43 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] (object name)
armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman Firefly & [British] (object name)
armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
armour, British - SPG: Sexton 25-pounder (object name)
prisoners of war (object name)
Operation Bluecoat, Mont Pinçon 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See A70 105-3 and 5 for similar footage and refer to A70 107-6, 7, 8 and 9, 109-3, 4 and 6, 112-3, 113-17, 22 and 25, 115-1, 2 and 3 and 116-9 for footage showing the 43rd (Wessex) Division in action during "Bluecoat" culminating in the capture of Mont Pincon. While 8th Corps made good progress south of Caumont, 30th Corps made little headway at Bricquessard to begin with.
Remarks: Best seen with items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 105-3 and 5.
Documentation/associated material: in addition to the items listed in A70 105-3 for a bibliography, read Chester Wilmot's 'Struggle for Europe' in which 30th Corps' crisis of command induced by the slow progress its formations made towards Avrecy-sur-Odon is mentioned.