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Title:BRITISH TROOPS CONSOLIDATE 3RD DIVISION'S HOLD ON BANNEVILLE-SANNERVILLE (PART 2) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 94-3
Description: A soldier serving with the 1st Suffolk Regiment receives his ration of sweets and cigarettes after he and his comrades had helped to clear the main road through Banneville-Sannerville which as this film shows suffered severely from RAF bombing. A Bren-gunner and a rifleman are seen relaxing in their fox-hole, one writing a letter home on the back of a copy of the 'Reader's Digest', the other playing with a kitten found in the village. Men of 246 Field Company RE queue up to receive a hot-lunch, which consists of a bowl of soup followed by a plate of beans, mashed potatoes and a thick slice of spam and a tin of steamed pudding for each man. The cameraman inspects some slit-trenches once occupied by German troops belonging to 21st Panzer Division's 125th Panzer Grenadier Regiment which command an unbroken field of fire over cornfields stretching away towards Escoville from where 3rd Division's attack was launched. A soldier leans against the breech of a captured 7.5 cm anti-tank gun pointing towards Escoville.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Smales, Edgar Hiram1920-08-071984-09-19 (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Engineers (regiment/service)
British Army, Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 3 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 1 (regiment/service)
Keywords: defences, German - emplacement: fortifications (object name)
armour, German - gun [AT]: 7.5 cm Pak 40 (object name)
society, British military - sustenance: cooking (object name)
destruction, French military - area: bomb (object name)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 87-5 and 6, 89-4, 90-8 and 94-2 for footage showing 3rd British Division units in action during and shortly after Operation "Goodwood". Refer also to A70 85-1, 2, 5 and 6.
Remarks: Best seen with items of footage listed above, notably A70 94-2
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to A70 87-5