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Title:MEDIUM MACHINE-GUN DETACHMENTS IN ACTION WITH THE 49TH (WEST RIDING) DIVISION DURING ITS ADVANCE TO THE LOWER SEINE (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 140-4
Description: From the edge of a wood on high ground east of Pont Audemer, a Vickers medium machine-gun detachment from No. 11 platoon in the 2nd Battalion Kensington Rifles' 'C' company maintains a continual burst of fire along fixed sights on German positions on the town's western outskirts. A lieutenant in charge observes the results through his pair of binoculars; the cameraman observes smoke from fires rising above the town. A member of the local FFI is allowed to try his hand at operating the Vickers.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Stiggins (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Kensington Rifles, 2nd Battalion, Coy C (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 49 (regiment/service)
Forces Francaises de l'Interieur (regiment/service)
Notes: Note: For footage showing 1st Corps' eastward advance from the Normandy beach-head to the lower Seine see A70 120-4, 5, 6, 129-13, 14, 15, 131-1, 2, 3, 138-1, 2, 3, 140-7, 8, 141-1, 5, 6, 7, 142-8, 143-5, 7, 144-9, 151-6, 7, 212-1 to 5 showing 1st Corps units crossing the Seine. The 2nd (Princess Louise's) Kensington Rifles was 49th Division's medium machine-gun and heavy mortar unit.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 140-7 which contains complementary, virtually identical footage.
Documentation/associated material: In addition to the publications listed in A70 128-4 and 138-1, read 'The Essex Regiment 1929-1950' by Colonel P A Martin which includes a good description of the capture of Pont Audemer by 56th Brigade.