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Description: With their precious animals - a cow and a donkey - in tow, two Norman peasants are seen returning to their homes along a stretch of the road a few miles west of Le Beny-Bocage used jointly by the US 19th Corps and the British 8th Corps; the vehicles seen here include a Daimler armoured car and an Austin (?) light utility. A joint Allied military police traffic control detachment drawn from the 2nd US Infantry Division and 11th British Armoured Division lead the man and his donkey off the main road to (presumably) interrogate him before allowing him on his way.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Harris, L W J (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Military Police (regiment/service)
British Army, Household Cavalry, Regiment 2 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, 11 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 8 (regiment/service)
United States Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: refugees, French - return (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Daimler (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Austin light utility (object name)
Operation Bluecoat, Mont Pinçon 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 82-11, 83-1, 84-5, 111-3, 4, 120-3, 122-1, 3, 124-9 for footage dealing with the refugee problem during the Normandy campaign.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above and refer generally to Operation "Bluecoat" footage.
Documentation/associated material: see BU series of albums in the Photograph Archive - No. 8594 taken by Sergeant A C D Laing.