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Title:SELF-PROPELLED ARTILLERY IN ACTION WITH THE 50TH (NORTHUMBRIAN) DIVISION (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 43-3
Description: RAM Sexton 25 pounder self-propelled guns belonging to 90th Field Regiment RA's 465 Battery bombard German positions north of St Pierre from a field near Martragny. At a troop or battery command post sited in a dug-out, the RA lieutenant in charge plots target distances and bearings for a 'box' barrage on a map with the aid of a protractor and artillery compass(?), using a landmark (probably a church spire) to get the range. His assistant gives him the target details noted down on a scrap of paper while two radio operators receive instructions over radio from forward observation officers and relay firing orders to the individual Sexton crews. A Sexton from the battery's 'F' troops is seen is action.
Notes: For footage showing 50th Division in action alongside 7th Armoured Division with 30th Corps during June 1944 see A70 37-3, 41-3, 4, 43-1, 2, 3, 45-8, 46-8, 47-6, 52-2 to 5.
Remarks: good action footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 43-1 and 45-8 which contain similar, complementary shots of the Sexton SP6s in action.