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Title:THE CHANNEL GALE HITS JUNO BEACH (PART 2) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 53-4
Summary: Additional footage of the scenes off 'Juno' Beach at Courseulles-sur-Mer during the three-day-long channel gale.
Description: A bulldozer from a REME unit serving with No 102 Beach Sub- Area, specially fitted for beach recovery work tows an RAF Matador/Coles mobile crane ashore from one of two RN LCTs lying off-shore at high tide. Tank landing craft waiting to unload vehicles directly onto the beach attempt to gain sea room as the weather worsens; visible amongst them is an LCI(L) fitted out as a brigade HQ assault ship. White horses fleck the crests of waves driven shorewards by the fierce wind. A barrage balloon torn free from its mooring sails over a grounded RN LCT flying an 'out-of- control' ball from its signal lanyards.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Harris, L W J (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Beach Recovery Section (regiment/service)
Royal Navy (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - balloon: barrage balloon (object name)
destruction, French: gale (object name)
engineering, military, British - Mulberry: [damaged] (object name)
ships, British naval - amphibious: LCT (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, 53-3, 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. The official designation of for the LCI(L) seen here fitted out as a headquarters ship was LCH (Landing Craft, Headquarters).
Documentation/associated material: refer to the publications listed in A70 41-8 for a bibliography.
Remarks: good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 53-3 which contains almost identical, complementary footage.