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Title:SEQUENCES FOR PRODUCTION 'X' [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ACB 91
Description: Film (shot from a moving vehicle) of an RAF truck passing by, of a despatch rider overtaking, and of a pedal cyclist (with a child seated behind) moving ahead. The camera vehicle passes groups of soldiers by the roadside (some digging) and of an armoured car: brief glimpses of poplar trees lining the road; the vehicle then goes through a ruined village (Bretteville) and the camera inspects wreckage; later, the vehicle passes through a less damaged village (Carpiquet): butchers, post office etc while jeeps, armoured cars, despatch riders etc come in the opposite direction; on to a bombed square, and past the "Salle des Ventes": a nearby tree has notice "To Winston Bridge" nailed to it; past a damaged church and cathedral, and take them into the country again (clearer footage). Trucks, armoured cars and motorcycles are shown and the camera vehicle is waved on by an MP (in breeches and peaked cap) controlling traffic, film of troops by the roadside, a bulldozer being moved on a transporter and of street damage.
Production Details: Royal Air Force (Production company)
Challis, Christopher George (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Military Police (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: communications, British military - message: despatch rider (object name)
destruction, French military - area (object name)
operations, Allied military - movement: road (object name)
transport, British military - 2/3 wheel: motorcycle (object name)
transport, British military - engineering: bulldozer (object name)
transport, British military - prime mover: transporter (object name)
transport, French civilian - 2/3 wheel: bicycle (object name)
Bretteville, Manche, France (geography)
Carpiquet, Calvados, France (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 778 ft; Running time: 8 mins
Notes: Summary: for details of Production X, see remarks to ACA 26.
Technical: print is part of a can comprising ACB 90, 91 and 93P (total length 1173 ft). No ACB 92 (destroyed). Shot of smashed Panther by the Bretteville roadside, mentioned in daily progress report, is absent.
Film:OPT 86 (RAF SECOND TACTICAL AIR FORCE ATTACK ON CARPIQUET [Allocated Title])
Film:OPT 87 (RAF SECOND TACTICAL AIR FORCE ATTACK ON CARPIQUET [Allocated Title])
Film:OPT 88 (RAF SECOND TACTICAL AIR FORCE ATTACK ON CARPIQUET [Allocated Title])