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Title:SCENES IN THE NORMANDY BEACH-HEAD D+1, D+2 (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 32-1
Summary: Sappers demolish German defensive obstacles.
Description: A sapper serving with a 50th (Northumbrian) Division unit, the 233 Field Company Royal Engineers, uses a pneumatic drill to break up a stone-and-concrete dam built by the Germans to flood the Seulles valley at Creully. Nearby, a team of engineers completes the demolition of a German-built concrete wall, which was damaged by shell-fire, and uses the rubble to repair a section of the adjoining road. The camera records the flow of water through the breach made in the dam and pools of stagnant water lying in the lower reaches of the Seulles River. Upstream, the flood waters lap at half-submerged apple trees; in the background can be seen the village of Creully.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Ginger (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Div 50 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Engineers, Field Coy 233 (regiment/service)
Keywords: demolition, British - safety: dam (object name)
demolition, British - safety: concrete wall (object name)
defences, German - emplacement: concrete wall & [wrecked] (object name)
destruction, German: flood (object name)
Second World War, North West Europe & Operation Overlord & 7/6/1944 (event)
Seulles Valley, Calvados, France (geography)
Creully, Calvados, France (geography)
Notes: Summary : the operations of all three Allied airborne divisions were hampered to varying degrees by the deliberate flooding of river valleys by the Germans
Technical: A70 31 and A70 32 are held on the same reel.
Remarks: good footage