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Title:THE 50TH (NORTHUMBRIAN) DIVISION IN ACTION IN THE EURE VALLEY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 47-6
Description: An 8th Armoured Brigade Humber scout car heads through the wrecked cross-roads village of La Senaudiere shortly after its capture by the 1st Dorsetshire and 1st Royal Hampshire Regiments. Its stone-walled cottages have been gutted and set fire during 231st Brigade's attempts to overwhelm its German defenders. Two wrecked Panzer tanks from 130th 'Panzerlehr' Division lie among the ruins of La Senaudiere. From an OP established in the abbey at Abbaye de Mondaye, the cameraman scans a nearby farm and the fields, orchards, copses and hedgerows of this part of the Eure Valley; intrusive reminders of war in the form of a troop of Sexton SPGs, an artillery bombardment falling on German positions beyond the line La Belle-Epine Lingevres - Tilly-sur-Seulles and black smoke rising from a target hit and set on fire by British guns jar the tranquillity of this pastoral setting. Infantrymen serving with the 5th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment pass French refugees fleeing the fighting as they move up towards Longraye.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Parkinson (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: German Army, Div 130 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 231 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Yorkshire Regiment, East, 5th Battalion (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - armoured car: Humber scout car (object name)
armour, British - SPG: Sexton (object name)
armour, German - tank: Panzer (object name)
combat, British - artillery bombardment [d] (object name)
destruction, French military - aimed (object name)
operations, British military - movement (object name)
refugees, French - flight (object name)
Abbeye de Mondaye, Juaye-Mondaye, Calvados, France (geography)
Eure, France (geography)
La Belle Épine, Calvados, France (geography)
Tilly-sur-Seulles, Calvados, Normandy, France (geography)
La Senaudiere, Calvados, France (geography)
Longraye, Calvados, France (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 197 ft; Running time: 2 mins
Notes: Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 41-3, 4, 43-1.
Remarks: good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above.
Summary: for footage showing 50th Division in action alongside 7th Armoured Division with 30th Corps during June 1944, see A70 37-3, 47-3, 4, 43-1 to 4, 45-8, 46-8, 52-2 to 5.