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Title:THE 11TH ARMOURED DIVISION'S ARMOUR ADVANCES FROM AMFRÉVILLE TO DEMOUVILLE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 87-1
Description: German flares illuminate British positions east of Caen in the early hours of July 18th 1944 as Operation "Goodwood" gets under way. Tanks, scout cars and half-tracks belonging to the 2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry and the 8th Rifle Brigade wait for the 3rd RTR to clear minefield exits before they in turn can move forward. Huge clouds of smoke and dust from bombed German positions blot the horizon. An Allied bomber, set on fire by flak, plummets to the ground. The Yeomanry's tanks advance from their start-line near Sainte-Honorine-la-Chardonnerette past abandoned Horsa gliders to the Caen-Troarn railway line at Demouville. En route, a Sherman tank 'brews up' after being hit. An 8th Rifle Brigade Universal carrier and an M10 Wolverine from the 11th Armoured Division's anti-tank regiment negotiate the railway track. At the railway line, German infantrymen and panzer crews surrender to the tanks; one of the prisoners, an NCO, wears a Luftwaffe camouflaged jacket over his own Wehrmacht tunic. Sappers start repairs on the railway as the armoured advance continues. A Sherman Firefly tank stands guard astride the railway.
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)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Rifle Brigade, 8th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Yeomanry, Fife and Forfar, 2 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 29 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Artillery (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, 11 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 8 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman Firefly & [British] (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [wrecked] (object name)
armour, United States - SPG: M10 Wolverine (object name)
armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
aircraft, British - glider: Airspeed Horsa (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Humber scout car (object name)
01/5(4-16).233 [ Operation Goodwood] (event)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 87-2, 88-1 (also shot by Sergeant Grant) 89-3, 90-4 and 5 for footage showing 11th Armoured Division units in action during "Goodwood". Refer also to A70 89-1 and 92-7 for material showing Guards Armoured Division units in action. Of the 3 armoured formations participating in "Goodwood" on its first day, the 11th Armoured Division suffered the heaviest tank losses - approximately 120.
Remarks: Excellent action footage. The brief sequence showing the Allied (RAF?) bomber plummeting earthwards in flames is particularly effective. Best seen with items listed above, particularly A70 88-1
Documentation/associated material: read 'The Tanks : Volume 2 1939-1945' by B H Liddell-Hart, The History of the 2nd World War - Victory in the West : Volume 1' by L F Ellis, the Canadian Army official history of the N-W Europe Campaign - the Victory Campaign - by Colonel Stacey 'Taurus Pursuant : The History of the 11th Armoured Division' by BAOR as well as R J B Sellar's 'The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry 1919-1956'.