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Title:THE 59TH (STAFFORDSHIRE) DIVISION CAPTURES THE TOWN OF THURY-HARCOURT [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 124-2
Summary: Reinforcements cross the Orne river into 12th Corps' bridge-head and British troops patrol the ruined and deserted town of Thury-Harcourt.
Description: 59th Division sappers keep watch on the locking pins of their Class 9 folding boat bridge spanning the Orne at La Bagotiere as it flexes under the weight of Fordson and Canadian military- pattern three-tonners and a detachment from the 2/5th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers' carrier platoon moving slowly over to the east bank of the river. A panorama over Thury-Harcourt and the high ground dominating the town reveals smouldering buildings - the handiwork of British artillery - at its centre. A pre-war milestone greets all who enter its eastern outskirts along the N162 road from Caen, some twenty-two kilometres away. A two-man patrol from the 2nd Battalion Gloucester Regiment makes its way along Thury-Harcourt's high street, checking deserted houses and gutted ruins for stray Germans and booby-traps, and takes up defensive positions in a pile of broken masonry at the end of the street.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Johnson, John Norman1909 (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Bde 197 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Engineers (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 59 (regiment/service)
British Army, Gloucester Regiment, 2nd Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 56 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 12 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
transport, United States military - truck: Fordson 3-ton 4x4 (object name)
transport, Canadian military - truck: CMP truck (object name)
engineering, military, British: Class 9 folding boat bridge (object name)
destruction, French military - area: bomb (object name)
weapons, British - smallarm: Bren (object name)
Orne (River), France (geography)
Thury-Harcourt, Calvados, France (geography)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See A70 111-5, 112-5 and 6, 113-4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 18 and 19, 116-6, 118-3 and 4, 124-1, 3 and 6, 126-8, 10 and 11 for footage showing 12th Corps' formations in action near Villers- Bocage, in the Orne bridge-head at Goupillieres and during the advance towards Falaise. At the end of the Normandy campaign, the 59th Division was disbanded to provide infantry reinforcements for the 21st Army Group.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 124-1 which contains similar footage.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 111-5.