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Title:A CROSS-CANAL ASSAULT BY THE 51ST (HIGHLAND) DIVISION WEST OF S'HERTOGENBOSCH (PART 2) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 190-3
Summary: Additional coverage of the assault made by the 5th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders across the Afwaterings Canal near Drunen in the late afternoon of November 4 1944.
Please note: this film was shot at dusk in very poor light.
Description: At Klinkaert, the Churchill Crocodile from the 141st RAC's 'A' squadron fires its 75mm gun at German positions beyond the north bank of the Afwaterings Canal; the burning roof of a 'flamed' lock-house (?)can be seen on the dyke lining the north bank of the canal. An NCO (?) from the Seaforth Highlanders' 'A' company watches two of his men armed with a sten-gun and Bren-gun fire their weapons into the air as a diversionary tactic (?). A building on the Drunesche Dyke(?) set on fire by artillery supporting 152nd Brigade burns brightly in fields beyond the north bank of the canal: small fires started by flaming oil fired from a Churchill Crocodile onto German positions in a wood plantation extending all the way down to the northern edge of the Afwaterings Canal glitter in the darkness.
Notes: Summary: See with A70 182-5, 183-1, 2, 7, 10, 17, 184-6, 186-2, 3, 187-3, 5, 189-2, 3, 190-2, 3, 192-7 for footage showing 51st (Highland) Division in action during Operation Pheasant and refer to ciné material showing 7th Armoured and 53rd (Welsh) Divisions similarly engaged. The Churchill Crocodiles seen in action here were used to 'flame out' German positions on the reverse slope of the canal dyke.
Remarks: Good action footage although much of this footage was shot in very poor light conditions. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 190-2, which contains similar virtually identical footage, and A70 192-1 and 7.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 182-5 and 190-2.