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Title:SPECIAL OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE TESTING DEVICES FOR DISABLING TANKS [Allocated Title]
Film Number:MGH 4322
Other titles:MAJOR C V CLARKE COLLECTION [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Film taken from a Coastal Command Liberator followed by trials of methods of disabling tanks.
Description: I. Shots taken from the cockpit of a Coastal Command Liberator flying over shipping, crossing the coast and landing. Shots on the airfield show the Liberator and its crew and other Liberators flying overhead.
II. In a field an officer prepares a PIAT. The projectile is fired.
III. Film shows an explosion under the left track of a Matilda tank advancing in the distance towards the camera. Officers examine the damage. Another distant explosion is shown, with the resulting (?) damage to the track and bogies of a Churchill tank. A further explosion under an advancing Matilda is shown.
IV. A German Pz IV tank is fired at in the distance. Two soldiers examine the wrecked tank (hits marked with numbers).
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 139 ft; Running time: 6 mins
Notes: Part of collection of film shot by or for Major C V Clarke, MC while on staff of Special Operations Executive (SOE) Technical Research and Development Station (Station XII, Brickendonbury House in Hertfordshire), showing trials of various sabotage devices for use against Germans in Occupied Europe during the Second World War.