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Title:THE 59TH (STAFFORDSHIRE) DIVISION CREATES A BRIDGE-HEAD OVER THE ORNE FOR 12TH CORPS [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 116-6
Description: From high ground beyond Goupillieres on the west bank of the Orne, the camera pans over the picturesque Orne valley and the village of La Bagotiere which 176th Brigade is presently clearing with the assistance of armour from the 107th RAC's 'A' and 'B' squadrons in order to expand 59th (Staffordshire) Division's bridge-head on the east bank of the river. On the high ground dominating the valley is the Fôret de Grimbosq where a battlegroup from the 12th SS Panzer Division called 'Kampfgruppe Krause' is gathering before assaulting 176th Brigade's positions in the evening of August 7 1944. Includes night shots of tracer and possibly fales.
Notes: Note: See A70 111-5, 112-5 and 6, 113-4, 5, 6, 15, 18 and 19, 118-3 and 4, 124-1, 2, 3 and 6, 126-8, 10 and 11 for footage showing 12th Corps formations in action near Villers-Bocage, in the Orne bridge-head and during the advance towards Falaise. Kampfgruppe Krause was detached from the main body of the 'Hitlerjugend' Division, itself heavily committed against the 1st Canadian Army.
Remarks: best seen with items of ciné footage listed above, notably A70 113-19 which includes a panorama of the Orne valley at Goupillieres.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 111-5 and 113-18.