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Title:LANDINGS ON 'GOLD' BEACH, 6 AND 7 JUNE 1944 (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 33-1
Summary: Tank landing ships seen ferrying men and materials to the Normandy invasion beaches.
Description: I. US and British troops and transport board one of two Royal Navy LSTs moored at an embarkation 'hard' at Felixstowe. Major-General Erskine, 7th Armoured Division's commander, talks to a 'Daily Telegraph' war correspondent. LST 406 docks at the 'hard'.
II. Royal Army Service Corps DUKW lorries are test-driven in the estuary of the Stour and Orwell Rivers and then reboard their parent landing ship.
III. The LST's cargo lift brings a lorry up to the top deck. British troops and transport disappear through the ship's bow doors.
IV. A Royal Engineers captain briefs American and British personnel on the general war situation and on Operation Overlord.
V. The LST convoy sets sail with Force 'L'; HMS Mignonette steams alongside. Naval gunners are seen on duty by their Oerlikon cannon.
VI. The convoy waits off 'Gold' Beach for the onset of low tide before landing its cargo. Sergeant Watkins' ship and another LST disgorge troops, engineering equipment, tanks, guns and transport onto 'Jig Green' Beach east of Le Hamel. Prisoners bound for England wait to board LST 406.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Watkins, R V (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Erskine, George Watkin Eben James (person)
United States Army & [artillery] (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, 7 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Engineers (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Army Service Corps (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Mignonette (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, United States naval - amphibious: LST 406 (object name)
ships, British naval - escort: Mignonette (object name)
transport, United States military - amphibious: DUKW & [British] (object name)
weapons, British naval - gun [AA]: Oerlikon (object name)
operations, British military - movement: ship (object name)
intelligence, military, British - briefing (object name)
prisoners of war, German - movement (object name)
supplies, British, movement [FA] - misc (object name)
journalism and record, British - press (object name)
12/5(261.22).7 [ Operation Neptune] (event)
Stour (River), England, UK (geography)
Orwell (River), England, UK (geography)
GB, England & Felixstowe, Suffolk <Harbour> (geography)
Gold Beach, Arromanches, Calvados, France (geography)
Jig Green Beach, Le Hamel, Calvados, France (geography)
Notes: Production : part I of the synopsis was filmed on 1/6/1944, part II on 3/6/1944, part III on 1/6/1944, part IV on 4/6/1944, part V on 6/6/1944 and part VI on 7/6/1944
Summary : the American troops seen on board the LST belonged to a self-propelled artillery unit attached to 30th Corps for a brief period
Remarks: excellent footage throughout, particularly the shots showing British and US troops and vehicles boarding LSTs. Evident is the leisurely atmosphere in which follow-up units were ferried from East Anglia to Normandy