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Title:DESTROYED PZKPFW IV 'MARK IV SPECIALS' [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 120-19
Summary: The inevitable hazards of tank warfare and some of its unpleasant aspects are depicted in this film showing the tangled remains of German tanks destroyed by the 33rd Armoured Brigade in the vicinity of St Aignan de Cramesnil and Garcelles-Secqueville during the course of Operation "Totalise".
Description: Shown are three PzKpfw IV Ausf H or Mark IV 'Specials', all belonging to the same tank company from the 12th SS Panzer Division's Mark IV battalion. In each instance, internal explosions, caused by the rounds of 7.5cm ammunition stowed within the tanks igniting as soon as, or shortly after, they were hit by armour-piercing shot, have torn the Mark IVs apart, with whole sections of armour blown clean off. The corpse of an Waffen-SS panzerman protrudes from the left-hand side turret hatch of tank "533".
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
McArdle, T P (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: German SS-Panzer-Division 12 (regiment/service)
British Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: casualties, German dead - battlefield (object name)
armour, German - tank: Pzkpfw IV Ausf H & [wrecked] (object name)
Operation Totalise 1944, Normandy, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Garcelles-Secqueville, Calvados, France (geography)
Saint Aignan de Cramesnil, Calvados, France (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Running time: 1 min
Notes: Note: See in connection with other material showing wrecked or damaged Mark IVs and the 12th SS Panzer Division in action, notably A70 120-9 for footage taken by Sergeant Walker. Refer also to footage showing units of the 51st (Highland) division and the 1st Polish Armoured division in action during Operation "Totalise".
Remarks: Good shots of torn and twisted pieces of ironmongery, Best seen with items of film footage listed above.
Documentation/associated material: read 'The Official History of the Canadian Army : The Victory Campaign' by Colonel Stacey and 'The History of the 51st (Highland) Division 1939-1945' by J B Salmond.