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Title:ACTIVITIES NORTH OF CAEN, JUNE - EARLY JULY 1944 (PART 16) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 66-2
Summary: Additional coverage to Sergeant E H Walter's material showing 27th Armoured Brigade Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers personnel re-enacting their night-time recovery of an abandoned 21st Panzer Division Mark IV 'Special' north of Caen.
Description: A towing cable is connected up to the German tank's rear towing hook. The sergeant in command of the four man recovery team gets into its driving compartment and operates the steering levers. The team's Bren gunner covers the return of the driver to the Sherman armoured recovery vehicle which then moves off with its prize in tow to a Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers workshop enclosure. A bundle of clothing and tins found on the Mark IV are examined for any incriminating documents.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Gross, A C (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)
operations, British military - salvage: armour recovery (object name)
weapons, British - smallarm: Bren machine gun (object name)
buildings, British - military: REME workshop (object name)
Second World War, North West Europe & Operation Overlord & 3/7/1944 (event)
Chateau de la Londe, France (geography)
Notes: Summary: the abandoned Mark IV 'Special' seen here belonged to one of 22 Panzer Regiment's four companies which, in conjunction with elements of the 192 Panzer Grenadier Regiment, defended Château de la Londe against the 3rd (British) Division
Remarks: good 'fake' combat footage