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Title:3RD DIVISION'S 8TH BRIGADE CONSOLIDATED ITS HOLD ON VILLAGES ASTRIDE THE CAEN-TROARN RAILWAY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 87-5
Description: Infantrymen from the 2nd Battalion East York Regiment are seen digging in and taking cover from German shell or mortar fire near the village of Touffreville. Shermans from the 13/18th Hussars operating with 3rd Division's 8th Brigade pick their way past the Château de Sannerville (in the background) into the village of Sannerville which has been wrecked by the previous day's bombing and fighting. Two soldiers serving with the 1st Suffolk Regiment dig a trench for their platoon HQ between sleepers on the Caen-Troarn railway at Banneville-la-Campagne. The railway and the adjoining area have been laid waste by RAF bombing. A bomb crater provides an ample blast shelter for one of the Suffolk's jeeps. Universal carriers belonging to the 51st Highland Division's 152nd Brigade driving down the Escoville - Troarn road pass a wrecked 21st Panzer Division SdKfz 250 half- track. A knocked-out 7.5cm anti-tank gun on a French Somua half- track chassis lies abandoned near a road along which 3rd Division signallers are laying telephone cables. 9th Brigade infantry moves up to take up positions in a brick factory (?) beyond Sannerville.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Wilkes, A E (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Bde 152 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 51 (regiment/service)
British Army, Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Yorkshire Regiment, East, 2nd Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 3 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 1 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Corps of Signals (regiment/service)
British Army, Hussars, 13/18 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 27 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 9 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] (object name)
transport, United States military - utility: jeep (object name)
armour, German - halftrack: Sdkfz 250/9 halftrack (object name)
armour, French - halftrack: Somua (with 7.5cm gun) & [German] (object name)
armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
destruction, French military - area: bomb (object name)
operations, Allied military - routine: digging in (object name)
01/5(4-16).233 [ Operation Goodwood] (event)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 87-6, 89-4, 90-8 and 94-2 and 3 for footage showing 3rd British Division units in action during and shortly after Operation "Goodwood". Both of the wrecked German half-tracks seen here belonged to units in the 21st Panzer Division which, as was the case with many German formations based in France, used captured French equipment to remedy its shortage of German-made vehicles.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with items of film listed above and with material relating to Operation "Goodwood" in general.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, read Norman Scarfe's 'Assault Division' and 'The History of the 2nd World War - Victory in the West : Volume 1' by L F Ellis.