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Title:ARMOUR AND SOFT-SKINNED TRANSPORT POUR INTO THE ORNE BRIDGEHEAD PRIOR TO 'GOODWOOD' [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 85-3
Description: Their dimension considerably increased by minesweeping equipment, Sherman Crabs belonging to the 22nd Dragoons are coaxed across "Euston" bridge, a permanent swing-bridge over the River Orne. At the same time a stream of motorcycle despatch riders, trucks, jeeps and ambulances pours into the Orne bridgehead prior to the commencement of Operation "Goodwood"; a Crusader AA tank armed with three Oerlikon 20mm cannons guards the river crossing in anticipation of an appearance by the hard- pressed Luftwaffe.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Wilkes, A E (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Dragoons, 22 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 30 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, 79 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman Crab & [British] (object name)
transport, British military - amvulance: Austin K2 3-ton 4x2 ambulance (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: White scout car (object name)
armour, British - tank: Crusader AA (object name)
01/5(4-16).233 [ Operation Goodwood] (event)
Orne (River), France (geography)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 85-5, 6, 8, 86-1, 4 and 5 for footage showing military traffic crossing into the Orne bridgehead over the Canal de Caen and the Orne river. One of the reasons why "Goodwood" was not the success Eisenhower and SHAEF hoped it would be was the limited number of crossing-points leading into the Orne bridgehead, leading to traffic congestion and delays which impeded 8th Corps' attack.
Remarks: Best seen with items listed above, notably A70 85-8.
Documentation/associated material: read 'The History of the 2nd World War - Victory in the West : Volume 1' by L F Ellis, 'The History of the Corps of Royal Engineers : Volume IX' by Major-General Pakenham-Walsh and Alexander McKee's 'Caen : Anvil of Victory'.