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Title:THE 6TH GUARDS TANK BRIGADE IN THE 'BOCAGE' [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 123-7
Description: Their turrets festooned with spare Churchill and Sherman track links which serve as additional protection, Churchill Mark VI tanks from the 3rd Tank Battalion Scots Guards and Stuart Mark VI (Honey) tanks from the battalion's recce. troop make their way along a lane bounded by thick hedgerows, eventually to join to 32nd Guards Brigade at Le Busq.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Jones, H J [Army cameraman] (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Scots Guards, Tank 3rd Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Guards Tank Bde 6 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - tank: Churchill (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M3 Stuart VI (object name)
Operation Bluecoat, Mont Pinçon 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Calvados, France (geography)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 123-5, 6 and 8 for footage showing the 6th Guards Tank Brigade in action in the 'bocage' and refer generally to material showing 8th Corps formations in action during "Bluecoat". As was the case with all Allied tanks, even the Heavily armoured Churchill was vulnerable to close-range bazooka fire, a weakness which the fitting of track links on the turret and hull made up for.
Remarks: Much of this material is out of focus, although the close and overgrown nature of the 'bocage' countryside is immediately apparent.
Documentation/associated material: read 'The 6th Guards Tank Brigade - the Story of Guardsmen in Churchill tanks' by P Forbes and 'The History of the 2nd World War - Victory in the West : Volume 1' by L F Ellis.