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Title:THE CHANNEL GALE HITS JUNO BEACH (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 53-3
Summary: A channel gale of unprecedented violence for the time of year inflicts large-scale damage on shipping and artificial harbour installations along the stretch of the Calvados coast in Allied hands.
Description: On 'Juno' Beach at Courseulles-sur-Mer, a bulldozer belonging to No 22 or 23 Beach Recovery Section REME which has been specially adapted for recovering broken-down vehicles in shallow water tows a 2nd TAF Matador/Coles mobile crane ashore from an LCT. A barrage balloon flies over an RN tank landing craft lying jammed in between stranded and wrecked invasion barges on top of the beach; an 'out-of-control' ball hangs from its signal lanyards. Royal Navy LCT 664 and a Rhino ferry are driven broadsides onto the shore by rough seas. An untidy jumble of loose artificial harbour components, invasion barges, LCVPs and debris is compressed against the shore line by high winds while RN armed trawlers and other vessels ride out the gale further out to sea.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Grant, Ian James1917-04-16Family origin: Edinburgh, Scotland (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Beach Recovery Section (regiment/service)
British Army, TAF 2 (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, LCT 664 (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - balloon: barrage balloon (object name)
destruction, French: gale (object name)
engineering, military, British - Mulberry: [damaged] (object name)
ships, Allied auxiliary - passenger: invasion barge (object name)
ships, British naval - amphibious: LCT (object name)
ships, British naval - amphibious: LCT 664 (object name)
ships, British naval - amphibious: LCVP (object name)
ships, British naval - amphibious: Rhino ferry (object name)
transport, British military - engineering: bulldozer (object name)
transport, British military - engineering: Matador/Coles mobile crane (object name)
Juno Beach, Courseulles-sur-Mer, Calvados, France (geography)
Notes: Note: see with A70 41-8, 53-4, 54-1 55-1, 2, 57-2 to 4, 58-6, 70-1 for footage showing men and matériel being brought ashore over the D-day invasion beaches. LCVP = Landing Craft, Vehicle Personnel.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 41-8.
Remarks: good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 53-4 which contains almost identical, complementary footage.