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Title:MONTGOMERY VISITS THE 49TH (WEST RIDING) DIVISION [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 182-4
Description: Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery, 21st Army Group Commander, is seen with two of his formation commanders, Lieutenant-General Sir John Crocker (GOC 1st Corps) and Major-General E H Barker (GOC 49th Division) as they arrive at a Belgian sanatorium in St Antonius, ten miles north- east of Antwerp, to present awards for gallantry earned since mid-June 1944 to members of the 49th (West Riding) Division. After the ceremony (held indoors and thus not filmed), Montgomery and the divisional commander sit for photographs with the men he has just decorated; the first group portrait shows, commissioned officers, non- commissioned officers and private soldiers together, the second and third with officers only and other ranks only respectively. Montgomery bids farewell to Belgian nurses from the sanatorium before leaving St Antonius in his Humber staff car, "Old Faithful"; with him is his ADC, Major Sanderson.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Smales, Edgar Hiram1920-08-071984-09-19 (Production individual)
Notes: Summary: See with A70 171-6, 7, 172-7, 8, 174-5, 8, 9, 175-4, 182-3, 183-9, 11, 13, 15, 184-1 to 4, 186-4, 5, 190-4, 192-2 to 5 for footage showing 49th Division In action with 1st Canadian Army from 28/9/1944 to 7/11/1944. Four days earlier (16/10/1944). Montgomery ordered 1st Corps (including 49th Division) to advance on Wuustwesel and Roosendaal as 1st Canadian Army commenced the clearance of the Schelde estuary.
Remarks: Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above and with footage showing Montgomery showing ground VIPs and visiting the troops in Belgium and the Netherlands, notably A70 159-1, 2, 160-3, 4, 161-7, 176-3, 4, 5, 177-5.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 171-5.