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Title:PREPARATIONS FOR THE ASSAULT ON HOTTOT (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 77-11
Summary: The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry (SRY) move up to join 231st Brigade for Operation 'Maori II'.
Description: Detachments from SRY's REME recovery section and LAD in the form of a Sherman armoured recovery vehicle and an M5 half-track motor along a tank track and on to the Caen-St Lo road outside Tilly-sur-Seulles with the regiment's HQ squadron. Three heavily-camouflaged Shermans follow in their wake.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Carpenter, L (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Bde 231 (regiment/service)
British Army, LAD (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (regiment/service)
British Army, Yeomanry, Sherwood Rangers (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman ARV & [British] (object name)
armour, United States - halftrack: M5 & [British] (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] & [camouflaged] (object name)
operations, British military - movement: road (object name)
Hottot-les-Bagues (Operation Maori II) 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Caen-Saint Lo Road, Tilly-sur-Seulles, Calvados, France (geography)
Notes: Summary: for footage showing tank, infantry, artillery and medical units in actions with 50th Division during the fighting for Hottot, see A70 77-12 to 15, 78-1, 7, 79-4, 5, 7, 90-6 and 7. Operation 'Maori II' was part of a larger scheme - Operation 'Dauntless' - in which it was hoped that 50th (Northumbrian) Division would make a successful drive on Villers-Bocage.
Remarks: best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 77-12 and 78-2 which contain similar, complementary footage.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography refer to the publications listed in A70 41-3 and 43-4.