THE BUILD-UP OF MATÉRIEL FOR THE INVASION OF EUROPE IN DEPOTS IN SOUTHERN ENGLAND (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
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- Title: THE BUILD-UP OF MATÉRIEL FOR THE INVASION OF EUROPE IN DEPOTS IN SOUTHERN ENGLAND (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
- Film Number: A70 2-1
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- Summary: Vast quantities of equipment are made ready for issue to formations that will participate in the D-Day landings and the campaign in North-West Europe.
- Description: At the Central Ordnance Depot in Bicester, Oxfordshire, REME mechanics examine the carriages and test the elevating mechanisms of some of the dozens of Bofors Mark II 40mm anti-aircraft guns parked in the depot's grounds. The camera tracks along the rows of Bofors 40mm and six-pounder anti-tank guns awaiting despatch to army units; note that the anti-tank guns are minus muzzle brakes.
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- Featured Period: 1939-1945
- Production Date: 1944-04-04
- Production Country: GB
- Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor) Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company) Collins (Sergeant) (Production individual)
- Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Army Ordnance Corps (regiment/service)
- Keywords: operations, British military - maintenance (object name) supplies, British, storage [RA] - misc (object name) weapons, British - gun [AA]: 40mm Bofors (object name) weapons, British - gun [AT]: 6-pounder (object name) Operation Overlord, Second World War (event) Bicester, Oxfordshire, England, UK (geography)
- Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W Sound format: Silent Soundtrack language: None Title language: None Subtitle language: None
- Technical Details: Format: 35mm Footage: 90 ft; Running time: 1 min
- Notes: Summary: filmed for Production "X". See with A70 1-1, 2-1 to 3 and 6-1 for footage showing war matériel being stockpiled in preparation for operation "Overlord". The Bofors anti-aircraft gun, of Swedish design, was the standard weapon in the light anti-aircraft regiments in the Royal Artillery. Originally issued to the RA anti-tank units, the 6-pounder by 1944 served mainly in infantry battalions. Remarks: good shots of equipment listed in synopsis. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 2-2 which contains similar, complementary material. Documentation/associated material: see A70 1-1 for a bibliography.
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