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Title:THE 3RD AND 59TH DIVISIONS GO INTO ACTION NORTH OF CAEN ON THE FIRST DAY OF OPERATION "CHARNWOOD" (PART 4) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 73-1
Description: I. Sherman tanks (144th RAC's 'A', 'HQ', 'C' Squadron) move up from Basly and cross the Caen - Luc-sur-Mer railway outside Cazelle.
II. Outside La Bijude on the Caen - Douvres-la-Délivrande road, infantrymen from the 6th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiments universal carrier platoon take up positions facing east while Shermans from 13/18th Hussars 'B' squadron motor into the village. Supported by the tanks, the 7th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment attacks a strongpoint at Malon and comes under mortar fire.
III. A 33rd Armoured Brigade tank regiment (1st North Yorkshire or 144th RAC) leaves its harbour outside Basly.
IV. At a 3rd Division roadblock on the Caen Douvres-la-Délivrande road at Cazelle, signs warn of the proximity of the Germans and point the way to an 8th Field Ambulance RAMC ADS; nearby, Luftwaffe POWs await despatch to the rear.
V. A 4th AGRA (Army Group Royal Artillery) 5.5 inch gun goes into action at dawn.
VI. 176th Brigade's assault on Malon continues. A rifleman dashes out of La Bijude. The cameraman examines dead 'Hitlerjugend' grenadiers. Shermans (13/18th Hussars 'C' squadron) return from Epron (?). A sapper (257th Field Company RE) plants a mine warning sign ("Verges Not Clear"). A Sherman Crab (22nd Dragoons 'C' Squadron) motors towards La Bijude.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film Unit (Production company)
Collins (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 459 ft; Running time: 5 mins
Notes: Summary: see with A70 71-3, to 71-5, 9; 72-3, 72-5 to 72-9; 73-2 to 73-4; 74-1 to 74-3; 75-1 to 75-5; 76-1 to 76-3; 77-1 to 77-8, 78-3 to 78-5; 79-1, 79-2 and 80-3 for footage showing 3rd and 59th Divisions in action during "Charnwood" and scenes inside Caen after its fall. This footage should have been compiled in the following order Part (5), Part (3), Part (1), Part (4), Part (2), Part (6). See also BU series of albums - Nos 6633-37.
Remarks: excellent action footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 72-4, 8, 9; 73-3, 74-2, 3 which contain similar, complementary footage.