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Title:ACTIVITIES NORTH OF CAEN, JUNE - EARLY JULY 1944 (PART 15) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 66-1
Summary: A reconstruction in daylight for the benefit of an Army Film and Photographic Unit team of the night-time recovery of an abandoned 21st Panzer Division tank near Château de la Londe.
Description: The tank, a Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf H, a late-model variant armed with a 7.5cm L48 gun, is seen lying abandoned in a wheatfield. A 27th Armoured Brigade Sherman armoured recovery vehicle, manned by four Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers men, approaches the tank. Covered by the team's Bren gunner in the ARV, three men rush to the Mark IV to attach a towing cable to its rear towing hook.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Walter, Ernest Henry1919Family origin: Barry, Glamorgan, South Wales (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, German - tank: Pzkpfw IV Ausf H (object name)
armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman ARV & [British] (object name)
weapons, German - gun: 7.5cm L48 gun (object name)
weapons, British - smallarm: Bren machine gun (object name)
operations, British military - salvage: armour recovery (object name)
Second World War, North West Europe & Operation Overlord & 3/7/1944 (event)
Chateau de la Londe, France (geography)
Notes: Summary: the armoured skirting around the Mark IV's turret gave it an unintended similarity to the more powerful Tiger tank, giving rise to many mistakes in identification among Allied troops who tended to rate all German tanks as being Tigers
Remarks: good 'fake' combat footage