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Title:PRELUDE TO THE BIGGEST ALLIED ATTACK SINCE D-DAY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 85-8
Summary: Soft-skinned transport and specialised armour pour into the Orne bridgehead immediately prior to Operation "Goodwood".
Description: Trucks and jeeps cross the River Orne over a permanent swing-bridge captured by the 6th Airborne Division on D-Day and subsequently named "Euston" by 1st Corps engineers. A 22nd Dragoons Sherman Crab flail tank comes to grief as the earth bank at the entrance to the bridge collapses under its weight. One of its equally cumbersome stable-mates is carefully guided over the Orne on "London II" bridge, one of several Class 40 pontoon bridges spanning the Orne and Canal de Caen.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Smales, Edgar Hiram1920-08-071984-09-19 (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Dragoons, 22 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 30 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, 79 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman Crab & [British] (object name)
operations, British military - movement (object name)
buildings, French - institutional: bridge 'Euston (object name)
engineering, military, British: Class 40 Bailey Bridge 'London II (object name)
01/5(4-16).233 [ Operation Goodwood] (event)
Orne (River), France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 85-3, 5, 6, 86-1, 4 and 5 for footage showing military traffic heading into the Orne bridgehead over the Canal de Caen and the Orne river. All the bridges linking the bridgehead to the rest of the Normandy beachhead were under observation from German spotters in the tall chimneys of the Schneider steelworks at Les Colombelles. "Goodwood" did not take the Germans by surprise.
Remarks: Best seen with items listed above, notably A70 85-3. Together this material illustrates some of the difficulties 8th Corps had in despatching large numbers of heavy and cumbersome vehicles over a limited number of bridges.
Documentation/associated material: see A70 85-3 for a bibliography.