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Title:A VILLAGE WRECKED BY THE FIGHTING IS DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR AN AIRFIELD (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 94-4
Description: The cameraman surveys the site of the village of Tilly-sur- Seulles, completely devastated by fierce fighting during June 1944 and now in the process of being demolished and levelled off for the construction of another airstrip for the 2nd TAF by bulldozer teams working for 16th Airfield Construction Group RE. A steam-roller, which will be used for preparing the airstrip can be seen; sappers or pioneers dump lumps of broken masonry suitable for either road or airfield construction work into the back of a dump lorry.
Notes: Note: See with A70 52-2 and 94-5 and refer generally to A70 46-1, 54-2, 3, 55-3, 56-1, 57-7, 63-7, 8, 9, 79-1, 80-3, 108-1, 2, 117-1, 2, 149-1 for footage showing road construction, demolition work clearance operations, quarrying and airfield repair. Tilly-sur-Seulles was rebuilt after the war, in defiance of the cameraman's own expectations as recorded in his dope sheet.
Remarks: Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 94-5 which contains complementary footage and A70 52-2, which contains material showing the village of Tilly- sur-Seulles shortly after its capture by 50th (Northumbrian) Division.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 54/2 and 'The Path of the 50th - The Story of the 50th (Northumbrian) Division in the Second World War 1939-1945' by Major Clay.