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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
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.
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.