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Description: Converted armoured vehicle (VCP) is driven towards the camera; man with microphone stands on top (two takes); shots of the VHF aerial on the vehicle, and of the aerial being raised; close-up of the aerial. Smoke in the distance - camera pans to a crater in the ground (the smoke, according to the Progress Report, comes from strafed German MT), a military policeman directs traffic, near a row of damaged houses; jeep, truck, armoured car; shots of damaged restaurant, hotel etc; a smashed doll rests on some broken railings, near a German helmet; more film of wrecked houses; a sign reads "St Martin des Besaces"; damaged railway and railway line.
Production Details: Royal Air Force (Production company)
Baker, L A C (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Military Police (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - funnies: Visual Control Point tank (object name)
communications, British military - electronic: VHF radio (object name)
destruction, French military - aimed: gun (object name)
operations, Allied military - movement: road (object name)
transport, French civilian - rail: [wrecked] (object name)
Saint Martin-des-Besaces, Calvados, France (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 359 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Remarks: usefully evocative shot of doll on railings. 'Cab Rank' concept - quick-reaction tactical support by Typhoons controlled by the Special AFV - is fully explained in dope sheet to ACB 94 (which is not itself held).
Technical: print is part of a can comprising ACB 102-105 (total length 792 ft).