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Title:MEDIUM ARTILLERY GOES INTO ACTION NEAR MONT PINCON [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 120-14
Summary: Gunners serving with either the 10th Medium Regiment RA or with one of the four medium artillery regiments within the 5th AGRA stationed in the rolling countryside between the Mont Pincon massif and the Orne river await the call to action stations.
Description: The medium regiment's trucks and jeeps are parked on a greasy slope in what is for Normandy unfamiliarly open country similar in appearance to parts of Wiltshire and southern Oxfordshire. The gunners of one particular 5.5 inch gun spend a rest period in between spells of firing, writing letters, smoking and playing cards. At the battery command post, an RA lieutenant gives firing orders down a Tannoy microphone as target-ranges and fire-arcs are plotted on maps nearby. The gun detachment is called to action stations and brings the gun barrel onto its target elevation, adjusts the sights and awaits order to open fire.
Notes: Note: See A70 120-15 for similar footage and refer to A70 109-5, 115-2, 120-2 and 7, 123-2 and 124-5 for material showing artillery in action on 30th Corps' front during the first three weeks in August 1944 and refer to footage showing 30th Corps in action during "Bluecoat" culminating in the capture of Mont Pincon and the advance towards the Noireau valley.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 120-15.
Documentation/associated material: Refer to the publications listed in A70 109-5 for a bibliography.