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Title:THE OPENING STAGES OF OPERATION 'BLUECOAT' [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 105-1
Summary: The 15th (Scottish) Division advances through the 'bocage' south of Caumont.
Description: The 2nd Glasgow Highlanders' carrier and anti-tank platoons overtake infantrymen from the battalion's rifle companies plodding along a dusty hedge-bordered lane between Sept Vents and Hervieux (?) Heading in the opposite direction are two NCOs from 752 Grenadier Regiment; one of the prisoners is wounded and has to be helped along by his comrade. The cameraman takes in several closeups of a bespectacled driver of Universal carrier from 15th (Scottish) Division's fire-support battalion, the 1st Middlesex Regiment. The 9th Cameronians' carrier platoon makes the same journey through the bocage and one Cameronians' jeep returns from the fighting with a cargo of casualties. A 1st Lothian and Border Horse Sherman ARV moves up to recover the regiment's disabled flail tanks and allows a line of 46th Brigade infantry the right of way across a road. In the battered town of Caumont, 15th (Scottish) Division's reserve battalions (from 44th Brigade?) march through the ruins past the wreckage of a US army half-track and Caumont's scarred church tower. Tractors and 25 pounders from 181st Field Regiment, RA negotiate a tight bend in 'bocage' country.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Grant, Ian James1917-04-16Family origin: Edinburgh, Scotland (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Corps 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Highland Light Infantry, Bn 9 (Bn 2?) (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 46 (regiment/service)
British Army, Middlesex Regiment, 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Artillery (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 15 (regiment/service)
British Army, Lothians and Border Horse, 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 30 (regiment/service)
British Army, Scottish Rifles, Cameronians, Bn 9 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, 79 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 25-pounder field gun (object name)
transport, British military - prime mover: 17/25-pounder artillery tractor (object name)
armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman ARV Mark I & [British] (object name)
prisoners of war, German - movement (object name)
weapons, British - gun [AT]: 57mm 6-pounder (object name)
destruction, French military - aimed: artillery (object name)
casualties, German wounded (object name)
Operation Bluecoat, Mont Pinçon 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Caumont, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography)
Calvados, France (geography)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 105-2 for similar footage shot by Sergeant G E C Laws. Refer also to A70 105-6 and 7 for footage shot by Sergeant H J Jones and Harris and to material relating to Operation "Bluecoat" in general.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with items of footage listed above.
Documentation/associated material: read 'The 1st (Scottish) Division 1939-1945' by Lieutenant-General H G Martin, 'An Account of the Operations of 2nd Army in Europe 1944-1945 : Volume 1' by 2nd Army HQ, and 'The History of the 2nd World War - Victory in the West : Volume 1' by L F Ellis.