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Title:30TH CORPS ADVANCES SOUTHWARDS BEYOND MONT PINCON [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 120-13
Summary: The 50th (Northumbrian) Division advances beyond Le Plessis-Grimoult down the road which leads beyond St Pierre la Vielle to the town of Condé-sur-Noireau.
Description: A private and a company quartermaster sergeant from the 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment examine an early-model (SdKfz 165 'Hummel' 15.0cm self-propelled gun minus one of its tracks) found ditched near St Pierre la Vielle. At a busy road junction where direction signs point the way to 50th (Northumbrian) Division's units, a 2nd Battalion Cheshire Regiment Universal carrier joins the main road. Two 50th Division soldiers look after a goat and a collection of rabbits and chickens they found wandering loose near the front-line. A troop of Sexton 25-pounder self-propelled guns and a Sherman OP tank from the 86th and 74th Field Regiments RA rumble along the main road past the road junction in company with a jeep and a Canadian military-pattern truck. A 90th Field Regiment RA OP carrier, "Fearless", turns left off the main road at the junction.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Covey (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Artillery (regiment/service)
British Army, Devonshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 50 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 30 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 231 (regiment/service)
British Army, Cheshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, German - tank: PzKpfw III/IV Hummel SPG (object name)
armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
armour, British - SPG: Sexton 25-pounder (object name)
animals, mammals: goat (object name)
animals, mammals: rabbit (object name)
animals, birds: chicken (object name)
armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman OP & [British] (object name)
Operation Bluecoat, Mont Pinçon 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See A70 113-23, 118-1 and 2, 120-1, 2, 5 and 6, 121-5, 122-2 and 7 for footage showing the 50th (N) Division in action during "Bluecoat" with 30th Corps culminating in the capture of Mont Pincon. The knocked-out "Hummel" 15.0cm SPG probably belonged to a heavy self-propelled artillery unit serving with 74th Korps, the formation opposing 30th Corps' advance from Mont Pincon to the Noireau.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 122-2 which was filmed on the same section of the Le Plessis-Grimoult - St Pierre la Vielle road.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 113-23 and 'The History of the Cheshire Regiment of the Second World War 1939-1945' by A Crookenden.