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Title:AN AERIAL PANORAMA OF 'GOLD' BEACH (PART 2) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 46-8
Other titles:151ST BRIGADE IN ACTION NEAR THE TILLY-SUR-SEULLES - BALLEROY ROAD [Allocated Title]
Summary: Two sequences showing Allied activities in Normandy, 14 June 1944.
Description: I. The cameraman observes from a Taylorcraft Auster/AOP the lie of the land and some of the activity behind 'Gold' Beach between Le Hamel and La Riviere. Of note are the scuttled ships - Corncobs - forming part of 'Mulberry B' a mile or so off-shore, a crash-landed USAAF P47 being examined by British troops, the remains of a shot-down Ju 88, stores dumps and parked vehicles dispersed along hedgerows and in copses and military traffic heading inland.
II. Captured panzer crewmen are escorted into the 6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry's lines outside Verrieres. Infantrymen from the 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment pass a knocked-out 'Panzerlehr' Panther Ausf. A tank near Bernieres-Bocage on their way to reinforce 6th DLI; a CMP utility ambulance from 186th Field Ambulance RAMC makes the return journey. The camera scans briefly the overgrown countryside, ideal terrain for snipers. The Essex's Company CO, Major Elliot, and his tactical HQ personnel observe shells landing on Verrieres from their universal carrier. At an RAP in a lane outside Verrieres, the 6th DLI's casualties and prisoners from the 'Panzerlehr' Division receive first aid before being sent to the rear for further treatment.
Notes: For footage showing 50th Division in action alongside 7th Armoured Division with 30th Corps during June 1944 see A70 37-3, 41-3, 4, 43-1 to 4, 45-8, 47-6, 52-2 to 5. The 2nd Essex Regiment suffered heavy casualties in Verrieres Wood on the night of July 11th when it was partly overrun by elements of the Panzerlehr Division.
Remarks: good footage both during the aerial sequences and shots showing the fighting near Verrieres, in which the massive size of the destroyed Panther tank seen here relative to the stature of the infantry men who march past it is well conveyed. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 45-8 whose Part II contains complementary footage.
Documentation/associated material: in addition to the publications listed in A70 41-3 and 4, read 2nd Battalion The Essex Regiment the Pompadours, D-Day to VE Day in North West Europe by the Battalion.