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Title:ACTIVITIES IN THE ORNE BRIDGEHEAD, JUNE 1944 (PART 12) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 57-6
Summary: Due to the delay imposed on the ferrying of men and war materials from the UK to Normandy by the three-day long Channel gale, 6th Airborne Division receives urgently needed supplies by air.
Description: I. An Airborne NCO from 716th Company (?) Royal Army Service Corps briefs men assigned to pick up supplies dropped by parachute. Watched by members of the paratroop RASC unit, supply canisters float earthwards over St Aubin d'Arquenay from Stirling bombers flown by No 38 Group Royal Air Force. The collecting party sets off for the drop-zone in jeeps and quarter-ton trailers.
II. Short Stirlings drop supply containers over fields littered with abandoned and wrecked Horsa gliders; the parachutes on some canisters fail to open. A jeep-borne RASC team collects some of the supplies, together with their parachutes.
III. Airborne troops watch RAF Stirlings drop supplies by parachute over St Aubin; several canisters plummet earthwards, their parachutes unopened or snagged. RASC teams return from the drop- zone in jeeps and trailers loaded up with supply containers and crates.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Leeson, W J (Production individual)
Watkins, R V (Production individual)
Gross, A C (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Div, Airborne, 6 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Army Service Corps, Coy 716 (?) (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force, Gp 38 (regiment/service)
Keywords: supplies, British, movement [FA] - misc (object name)
equipment, British military - personal: parachute (object name)
aircraft, British - combat: Short Stirling (object name)
aircraft, British - glider: Airspeed Horsa & [wrecked] (object name)
Second World War, North West Europe & Operation Overlord & 23/6/1944 (event)
Saint Aubin-d'Arquenay, Calvados, France (geography)