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Title:BRITISH INFANTRY AND ARMOURED UNITS IN ACTION EAST OF VIRE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 123-6
Description: A four-man FOP detachment from the 1st Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers and the 3rd Recce. Regiment scan 'no-mans-land' for a Tiger tank alleged to be in the vicinity of Veissoix in 3rd Division's sector of 8th Corps' front. A Bren gunner and a rifleman (both wearing camouflage netting over their heads) lie in wait for any Germans venturing into their sector of the front line. A 1st KOSB private digs a deep slit-trench for shelter against mortar bombs and on completion of his task emerges, exhausted and covered in sweat, for a drink of water. Churchill Mark VI tanks from one of the 6th Guards Tank Brigade's three armoured regiments (the 3rd Tank Battalion Scots Guards?) make their way slowly along a cleared lane through a suspected minefield near Chênedollé.
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: British Army, King's Own Scottish Borderers, 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 9 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 3 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Guards Tank Bde 6 (regiment/service)
Keywords: weapons, British - smallarm: Lee-Enfield .303 rifle (object name)
weapons, British - smallarm: Bren (object name)
armour, British - tank: Churchill Mark VI (object name)
defences, British - emplacement: slit-trench (object name)
operations, Allied military - preparation: digging in (object name)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 116-8, 121-1, 120-4, 125-1 and 126-1 for footage showing 3rd British Division units in action east of Vire. See also with A70 123-5, 7 and 8 for material showing the 6th Guards Tank Brigade in action in the 'bocage'. The Tiger Tank unit opposing 8th Corps in the 'bocage' had been sent to Falaise on August 8th. Allied troops tended to identify all German tanks as being Tigers.
Remarks: Best seen with items of footage listed above.
Documentation/associated material: Refer to 'Assault Division' by Norman Scarfe and 'The 6th Guards Tank Brigade - the Story of Guardsmen in Churchill tanks' by P Forbes in addition to the first two items listed in A70 107-4 as a bibliography.