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Title:INCIDENTS IN THE FIGHTING FOR MONT PINCON [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 116-9
Summary: Having captured the summit of Mont Pincon on the night of 6/7th August 1944, the 43rd (Wessex) Division proceeds to 'mop up' German units still in position on its slopes.
Description: Three 4/7th Dragoon Guardsmen make up a PIAT team after their tank has been disabled by a mine; the corporal in charge of the detachment scans the surrounding 'bocage' through his binoculars for tell-tale signs of German tanks and self-propelled guns. A heavily-camouflaged 5th DCLI (?) Universal carrier demonstrates its agility by doing a quick 'U' turn in a narrow Hedgerow-bordered lane near the village of Le Plessis-Grimault. A Bren gunner provides cover for a fellow infantryman as the latter crawls forward through a cornfield on the slopes of Mont Pincon in order to spy on German positions two hundred yards away. Two dusty and tired Wehrmacht stragglers are flushed out of a farm and marched off into captivity.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Carpenter, L (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Bde, Armoured, 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 43 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 30 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 214 (regiment/service)
Keywords: weapons, British - projector: PIAT (object name)
prisoners of war (object name)
armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
Operation Bluecoat, Mont Pinçon 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See A70 105-3, 4 and 5, 107-6, 7, 8 and 9, 109-6, 112-3, 113-17, 22 and 25, 115-1, 2 and 3 for footage showing the 43rd (Wessex) Division in action during "Bluecoat" culminating in the capture of Mont Pincon. Mont Pincon, as the highest point in the Calvados region, was a highly valued prize for the Allied armies. Its capture redeemed 30th Corps' somewhat tarnished reputation.
Remarks: Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above.
Documentation/associated material: For a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 105-3 and 4 and 115-1.