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Title:TANKS MOVE UP TO THE FRONT IN THE BOCAGE (PART 2) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 119-4
Description: The 2nd Armoured Battalion Irish Guards travels through the 'bocage' from La Marvindiere to La Barbiere in order to relieve an 11th Armoured Division unit, the 3rd RTR, as part of a larger re-deployment made by the Guards Armoured Division to replace the 11th Armoured Division in the Burcy-Presles-Sourdeval-Le-Bas-Perrier sector of 8th Corps' front.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Laws, George E J1916-02-15 (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Irish Guards, Armoured 2nd Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Guards Armoured Division (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Guards Bde Gp 32 (regiment/service)
Keywords: Stuart VI light tank (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] (object name)
armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman Firefly & [British] (object name)
Operation Bluecoat, Mont Pinçon 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 113-3 and 12, 119-3 and 123-5 for footage showing the Guards Armoured Division in action in the 'bocage' during "Bluecoat" and refer generally to footage showing 8th Corps formations taking part in the same offensive. First adopted by the US Army, the steel prongs enabled AFVs to slice through thick earth banks and hedgerows which normally hindered the deployment of armoured units.
Remarks: Of general interest is the thickly-overgrown appearance of the 'bocage' through which the tanks are seen travelling. The comparative ease with which German infantry units were able to cope with Allied armour with their own limited resources owed a great deal to the kind of terrain seen here.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the first two items listed in A70 107-4 as well as the single book title listed in A70 119-3