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Title:1ST CORPS CONSOLIDATES IT'S HOLD ON CAEN (PART 2) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 77-2
Description: A jeep makes its way along the Caen-Bieville/Douvres-la-Délivrande Road into Caen through its bombed-out northern suburbs as two civilians explore the ruins of their home. An AFPU stills cameraman photographs the couple sifting through the wreckage. Infantrymen serving with the 1st Battalion King's Own Scots Borderers patrol the bombed-out Château de Caen (used as a barracks by German troops) for remaining snipers and stragglers: the cameraman studies inscriptions giving the castle's layout and history. From a vantage point in the château, the cameraman surveys the devastation in Caen and observes civilians making their way along a 'blitzed' street; clearly visible are the two spires of the Abbaye aux Hommes. The cameraman surveys the debris-strewn courtyard at the entrance to the castle and the devastation among the buildings used by German troops. Outside the château, Sergeant Mapham AFPU talks to an FFI volunteer armed with a sten-gun; they are joined by two other AFPU photographers (both wearing waterproof capes); a Sherman OP tank (33rd Field Regiment RA) can be seen parked in the background.
Notes: See with A70 71-3 to 5, 9, 72-3, 4, 8, 9, 73-1 to 4, 74-2, 3, 75-2 to 5, 76-3, 77-3 to 4, 6, 8 for footage showing 3rd Division in action during "Charnwood".
Remarks: Best seen with the items on ciné material listed above, notably A70 76-1, 76-3, 77-3, 4, 6, 8 which contain footage showing British troops occupying the ruins of Caen (the last four items containing similar, complementary footage).