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Title:COMMANDOS PREPARE FOR THE D-DAY LANDINGS [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 26-2
Summary: Commandos are briefed on their part in the D-Day landings on Sword Beach and are issued with equipment and rations while still quartered in their sealed transit camp.
Description: An officer informs his NCOs of No 1 Special Service Brigade's plan of attack using a map model which illustrates the brigade's axis of advance from 'Queen Red' Beach at La Breche to the Orne bridges and its intended operations in Cabourg and Houlgate at the mouth of the Dives river. US Army storesmen issue commandos with 24-hour ration packs, cigarettes, chocolate and tinned meat. Men belonging to a commando support platoon pack 3-inch mortar bombs into ammunition pouches and don their bulky rucksacks. Several commandos gather round a Vickers medium machine gun; nearly all have clips of .303 ammunition attached to their sleeves.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Army Film Unit (Production company)
Grant, Ian James1917-04-16Family origin: Edinburgh, Scotland (Production individual)
Notes: See with A70 22-1, 2, 3, A70 24-1, 2, 3, A70 25-1, A70 25-2 and A70 26-1 for footage taken by Sergeants Clague, Grant and Laws showing commandos from No 1 Special Service Brigade in transit camps prior to D-Day.
Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above.
Summary: Miles Roberts is Commando officer talking in phone, and later to Commando officer Captain Hugh Ward, 211th Battery, subsequently killed at Bréville. (Details supplied by Carl Rymen, 4/10/2005)