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Title:AFV MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS IN THE 'BOCAGE' [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 121-4
Summary: The 7th Armoured Division, placed in reserve and quartered in the 'bocage' between the Mont Pincon massif and Aunay-sur- Odon, catches up with overdue but vital vehicle maintenance.
Description: Three tank crew-men 'pull-through' the 75mm gun barrel of their Cromwell tank and alter the track tension by adjusting the right-hand front idler wheel's tensioning device. Four crewmen sit down for a 'brew-up' of tea and corned beef and margarine sandwiches. Six men divide between them their NAAFI ration of beer and cigarettes. REME fitters work on one of the 65th Anti- Tank Regiment RA's M10 "Wolverine" self-propelled guns; one of its two idler wheels is removed to have its bearings replaced and both the breech of its 3-inch gun and its diesel engine are examined.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Ginger (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Artillery (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, 7 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - tank: Cromwell (object name)
armour, United States - SPG: M10 Wolverine (object name)
society, British military - sustenance (object name)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 122-8 for footage showing AFVs being repaired at 22nd Armoured Brigade's REME workshops. Equally useful footage of this kind can be found in A70 49-4, showing the 'Desert Rats' recovering a damaged tank near Villers-Bocage, and A70 95-1 and 2, which shows AFVs being repaired and re-fitted. Refer generally to footage showing the 7th Armoured Division in action during "Bluecoat".
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with items listed above, particularly A70 122-8.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 108-4 and 113-14.