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Summary: As 130th Brigade clears the villages of Eterville and Maltot, which it will shortly lose, 129th Brigade moves up to take Hill 112 which, in the face of fierce opposition, it manages only partially to capture.
Description: At dawn on July 10 1944, the 4th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry is seen advancing up the slopes of Hill 112 through the ripening wheat, taking prisoner German soldiers whose positions have been over-run. Churchill tanks of the 7th Royal Tank Regiment accompany the Somersets towards their objective and fire on German positions with tracer shot from their co-axial Besa machine guns. The Battalion and its supporting tanks come under fire from guns and multi-barrelled Nebelwerfers arrayed on 10th SS Panzer Division's front; Sergeant Leeson of the Army Film and Photographic Unit has a shrapnel wound on his left arm bandaged. To suppress the opposition the Somersets are encountering on Hill 112, a heavy mortar platoon belonging to the 8th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, 43rd (Wessex) Division's machine gun and heavy mortar unit, is called upon to turn its 4.2-inch mortars on German positions holding up the advance.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Laws, George E J1916-02-15 (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Leeson, W J (person)
British Army, Somerset Light Infantry, 4th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Tank Regiment, 7th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Army Film and Photographic Unit (regiment/service)
British Army, Middlesex Regiment, 8th Battalion (regiment/service)
Keywords: combat, British (object name)
combat, British - artillery bombardment [I] (object name)
combat, British - mortar bombardment (object name)
prisoners of war, German - surrender (object name)
armour, British - tank: Churchill (object name)
casualties, British wounded - battlefield (object name)
weapons, British - mortar: 4.2-inch mortar (object name)
weapons, British - smallarm: Besa machine gun (object name)
weapons, German - rocket: Nebelwerfer (object name)
Hill 112 (Operation Jupiter) 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Hill 112, France (geography)