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Title:ATS SERVICEWOMEN ARRIVE IN NORMANDY (PART 3) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 105-9
Summary: ATS personnel posted to serve in the 21st Army Group with No 1 Continental Group set up camp outside Bayeux.
Description: I. The first twenty four servicewomen to arrive in Normandy are seen talking to Royal Navy LST crewmen and army Beach Group personnel from 102nd Beach Sub-Area shortly after disembarking onto 'Juno' Beach at Courseulles.
II. In a camp at Vaucelles, ATS are seen walking over to the cookhouse with mess tins in hand and queuing up to be served with a hot meal with troops in rear-echelon units attached to No 2 Army Roadhead (?). Afterwards, new arrivals carrying kitbags, mattresses, bedclothing, etc are allocated tents for their accommodation and are issued with woollen socks and wellington boots. Servicewomen write letters home on field post cards, take them to one of the ATS officers for censoring and commence their clerical duties. Laundry washed on the spot is left to dry on guy ropes.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Leatherbarrow, RichardPrior to the Second World War Leatherbarrow was a portrait photographer. During the Second World War he joined the Royal Armoured Corps, transferring to the Army Film and Photographic Unit in 1943, when he received training at Pinewood. He was one of the cameramen on Juno Beach during the D-Day Landings. (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Army 21 (regiment/service)
British Army, Auxiliary Territorial Service (regiment/service)
Keywords: Courseulles-sur-Mer, Calvados, France (geography)
Vaucelles, Calvados, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 103-3, 4, 105-10 and refer to A70 53-2 and 57-10 for footage showing QAIMNS nurses in Normandy
Remarks: Best seen with items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 103-3, 4 and 105-10 which contain similar, complementary footage.