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Title:REINFORCEMENTS CROSS THE ORNE INTO 12TH CORPS' BRIDGE-HEAD [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 124-6
Summary: Transport crosses the Orne at Goupillieres and moves into the Bridge-head originally won by the 59th (Staffordshire) Division in order to reinforce 53rd (Welsh) Division's advance towards the much-prized objective of the 2nd British and 1st Canadian armies.
Description: Bedford three-ton lorries, M5 half-tracks, Universal carriers, Morris recce. cars and motorcycle despatch riders belonging to 2nd Army and 53rd Division units cross the dried-up Orne river over a ford bridge constructed by 59th Division's engineers near the weir and powerhouse at Goupillieres. Meanwhile the REME crew of a Churchill ARV repair a knocked-out Churchill tank belonging to the 107th RAC, a regiment which was severely mauled by 'Kampfgruppe Krause' during the fighting for the Orne bridge-head.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Watkins, R V (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Armoured Corps, Bn 107 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 34 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Engineers (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 59 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 53 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 12 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - tank: Churchill (object name)
armour, British - funnies: Churchill ARV (object name)
transport, British military - truck: Bedford 3-ton 4x2 (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Morris II light reconnaissance car (object name)
armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
operations, Allied military - movement: river crossing (object name)
engineering, military, British: ford bridge (object name)
Orne (River), 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, 2 and 3, 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.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 113-15, 126-8 and 11 for footage showing the 53rd Division in action and A70 118-3 and 4 for material taken at the bridge crossing over the Orne at Goupillieres.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 111-5 and 113-15 and 18.