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Title:ENGINEER STORES BASE DEPOTS [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 77-10
Summary: Stores intended to cope with the massive engineering tasks which will take place when the breakout from Normandy materialises are stockpiled in 21st Army Group's sector of the beach-head.
Description: The cameraman surveys an Engineer Stores Base Depot (ESBD) in No 2 Army Roadhead outside Bayeux where pontoon bridges are stockpiled by RASC or RE personnel with the aid of Austin/Coles mobile cranes. A Fordson WOT6 3-ton lorry belonging to 147th Bridging Company RASC arrives with another pontoon section and has it off-loaded and stacked with the others. In No 1 Army Roadhead at Tailleville, pontoon sections are stockpiled at another ESBD in a similar fashion. In the harbour at Courseulles, a pontoon section is lifted off an LBV by an RB-19 mobile crane (not seen) and dumped onto a US-built Studebaker semi-trailer lorry belonging to the same (?) RASC bridging unit for despatch to the ESBD at Tailleville.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Grant, Ian James1917-04-16Family origin: Edinburgh, Scotland (Production individual)
Notes: See with A70 70-1 (scenes in No. 2 Army Roadhead) 102-1 and 2 (scenes at Courseulles harbour), 135-3 (bridging units en route to the Seine at Vernon) and 161-2 (bridging units crossing the Albert Canal at Beeringen). Including 147th Bridging Company RASC, there were five bridging units in 21st Army Group's order of battle.
Remarks: Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above.