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Title:DUKWS IN RASC SERVICE (PART 2) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 57-3
Summary: Amphibious lorries ferry cargo from ship to shore.
Description: Cargo nets containing 75mm APC and 3.7-inch AA HE rounds packed in wooden crates are unloaded from a coaster anchored off 'Juno' Beach at Bernieres-sur-Mer onto DUKWs belonging to 199th GT Company RASC. An engine-driven cargo boom is seen in operation on board the merchantman lifting ammunition crates out of the ship's hold and lowering them onto the amphibians moored alongside which bounce up and down with the choppy seas. DUKWs from 199th and 297th GT Companies RASC pick up cargoes from other vessels anchored off 'Juno' Beach and return shorewards; note the Oerlikon AA guns as they head inland along a one-way system and as they unload jerrycans at a trans-shipment area behind 'Nan' Beach. A DUKW is refuelled and later joins others at the beach ready to collect more cargo.
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)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 391 ft; Running time: 4 mins
Notes: Remarks: see with A70 41-8, 53-3, 4, 54-1, 2, 57-2, 4, 58-6, 70-1 for footage showing men and matériel being brought ashore over the D-day invasion beaches. Of the eleven DUKW GT companies employed in Normandy, ten were used to ferry cargo from ships moored off the invasion beaches to trans-shipment areas inland. Each DUKW unit consisted of ninety-nine amphibious lorries.
Remarks: good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 57-2 and 4 which contain similar, complementary footage.