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Title:SCENES IN THE ODON BATTLEFIELD FOLLOWING OPERATION EPSOM (PART 10) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 67-4
Summary: Men serving with the 23rd Hussars attend an open air religious service.
Description: Two troopers serving with the 23rd Hussars jump down from their Sherman tank and join others in their regiment in heading towards an open air religious service held in a field near an embanked section of the Caen-Bayeux railway line near Putot-en- Bessin. The padre (Reverend Jeffreys-Taylor) is seen conducting the service, using the bonnet of his jeep as an altar. The congregation - approximately 60 men - is seen at prayer and singing hymns.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Leeson, W J (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Jeffreys-Taylor (Reverend) (person)
British Army, Royal Army Chaplains Department (regiment/service)
British Army, Hussars, 23 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] (object name)
religion, Christianity, - ceremonial, British: service (object name)
Second World War, North West Europe & Operation Overlord & 2/7/1944 (event)
Putot-en-Bessin, Calvados, France (geography)
Notes: Summary: the 23rd Hussars did not go into action again until July 18 1944, the date of the opening of Operation Goodwood in which all three of 29th Armoured Brigade's tank regiments suffered heavy losses
Remarks: good footage