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Title:PREPARATIONS FOR D-DAY IN EAST ANGLIA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 18-1
Description: I. G-1 ammunition shelters containing 25-pounder and 7.2- inch shells and various types of grenade are seen lining both sides of a road and scattered in a wood nearby outside the village of Littlebury in Essex. Two RAOC storesmen serving with No 83 Command Ammunition Depot check crates of grenades under the supervision of a third man who keeps tally of the numbers. The camera examines the stencilled lettering on the crates containing No 75 Hawkins anti-tank mines. A section of Pioneers is seen on a route march. The section leader orders a halt and his men fall out to take a rest.
II. Bullets strike dried-up mud and a tree-trunk lying on the ground. The carrier platoon from one of the three Black Watch battalions in the 51st (Highland) Division practises camouflage techniques in Thetford battle area. Two men cut tree branches with machetes and place foliage on their universal carrier. A serviceman prepares to remove the sign on the outside of a pub requisitioned by the army. An army cook examines cakes cooked in an outside oven and pours boiling water from an urn.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Connolly, J R (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Pioneer Corps (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Army Ordnance Corps (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 51 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 1 (regiment/service)
Keywords: supplies, British, storage [FA] - misc (object name)
weapons, British - grenade: hand grenade (object name)
training, British military (object name)
armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
equipment, British military - camouflage (object name)
Operation Overlord, Second World War (event)
Littlebury area, Essex, England, UK (geography)
Norfolk, England, UK (geography)
Notes: Summary: filmed for Production 'X'. Best seen with Production 'X' material, notably those items showing matériel being stockpiled for D-Day and the 51st Highland Division in East Anglia. Part I of the synopsis was filmed on 11/5/1944, part II on 12/5/1944.
Remarks: best seen with the items of ciné material referred to above.