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Title:THE 50TH (NORTHUMBRIAN) DIVISION REHEARSES ITS D-DAY INVASION ROLE DURING OPERATION "FABIUS II" (PART 5) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 16-2
Description: I. Troops from the 7th Battalion Green Howards board HMS Empire Rapier, an infantry assault ship, at Southampton. The Red Duster (indicating that the vessel belongs to the Merchant Navy while serving with the Royal Navy) flies from the ship's stem. Seen moored in the Solent are five other 'Empire' - class LSI(L)s from Assault Groups G.1 and G.2 and HMS Kingsmill, an assault Headquarters ship.
II. LCAs from Empire Rapier carry the 7th Green Howards past an LST and HMS Impulsive towards Hayling Island. Shermans (417th Dragoon Guards' 'A' Squadron), sappers from No 9 Beach Group, Sherman OP tanks (80th Field Regiment RA), M5 half-tracks (Dragoons' LAD REME), jeep-borne RAMC and 'Redcap' personnel, Royal Airforce Regiment barrage balloon teams and Beach Group signallers disembark from LCTs, followed by infantry (151st Brigade) landing from US Navy LCI(L)s; universal carriers (5th Durham Light Infantry) come ashore from an LCT. Throughout, sappers and pioneers, assisted by armoured and non-armoured bulldozers, are seen removing invasion obstacles, marking the depth of water for drivers disembarking from LCTs, probing for mines, track-laying and road-marking and towing a broken down 9th DLI Fordson truck out of the water.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Army Film Unit (Production company)
Ginger (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: GB, England, Southern, the Solent and Hayling Island (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 618 ft.; Running time: 7 mins.
Notes: See with A70 14-4 to 14-6 for 'Fabius II' footage and refer generally to ciné material showing 'Fabius IV'.
Good footage - compare with ciné material showing 50th (Northumbrian) Division landing on 'Gold' Beach at D-Day.