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Title:BRITISH ARMOUR ADVANCES SOUTH OF CAUMONT [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 107-5
Summary: Armoured fighting vehicles from both the Guards Armoured Division and the 8th Armoured Brigade move up to the front line.
Description: M10 Achilles 17-pounder self-propelled guns serving with the Guards Division's anti-tank regiment, the 21st Anti-Tank Regiment RA, pound the dust in bocage country as they move up towards 8th Corps frontline along a tape-marked lane through a minefield between Caumont and St Martin des Besaces. East of the Bois du Homme, two Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry Shermans overtake an overturned 15th Recce. Regiment Humber armoured car. Shermans belonging to the 2nd Armoured Battalion Irish Guards' No. 1 Squadron together with several of the regiment's recce, troop Stuart (Honey) tanks and M5 half-tracks and Humber scout cars make their way across country towards Point 192 beyond St Martin des Besaces. Several tanks have 2-inch mortars attached to the commander's hatch ring in place of the usual .30 calibre or .50 calibre Browning machine-guns.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Laws, George E J1916-02-15 (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Corps 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 15 (regiment/service)
British Army, Yeomanry, Sherwood Rangers (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Irish Guards, Armoured 2nd Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, Guards, 5 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, United States - SPG: M10 Achilles (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M4A4 Sherman & [British] & [+] (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Humber scout car (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M3 Stuart VI & [British] & [+] (object name)
Operation Bluecoat, Mont Pinçon 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 102-4, 108-6 and 109-2 for footage showing the Guards Armoured Division going into action at the beginning of "Bluecoat" and refer generally to material showing 8th Corps formations in action during the same offensive.
Remarks: Excellent shots of Sherman M4A4 and Stuart VI tanks in service with the Guards Armoured Division.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the first two items listed in A70 107-4 and 'The History of the Irish Guards in the 2nd World War' by Fitzgerald.