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Title:1ST CORPS CONSOLIDATES ITS HOLD ON CAEN (PART 6) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 77-8
Description: I. In La Bijude, men from 13/18th Hussars' 'B' squadron collect smoke shells from a Fordson ammunition lorry; seen nearby are a complete Sherman troop and an infantryman (6th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment?) carrying a galvanised steel section for use as an overhead cover for his dug-out (?). The cameraman surveys a wrecked farmyard. An ex-DD Sherman tank is replenished with smoke shells. Tankmen armed with service revolvers and an infantryman armed with a sten-gun 'patrol' ruins for the cameraman.
II. An elderly woman (identified on the dope sheet as Madame M Bourdet) makes her way along the Caen-Bieville/Douvres-la-Délivrande road, passing a Sherman OP tank (33rd Field Regiment RA) parked outside an undamaged house near the Château de Caen on the way to her wrecked home. A member of a 59th (Staffordshire) Division 3-inch mortar team collects a rucksack from a jeep and disappears into a garden, where the Frenchwoman talks to his colleagues. A despatch rider guides a 1st Corps RASC CMP lorry convoy into Caen. Infantrymen of 1st Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB) patrol the bombed-out Château de Caen, in which they fire a captured Hotchkiss machine gun. Near the city centre, civilians recover furniture from a cafe; a KOSB six pounder gun detachment is seen in position.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Connolly, J R (Production individual)
Gross, A C (Production individual)
Notes: Summary: see with A70 71-3 to 5, 9, 72-3, 5 to 9, 73-1 to 4, 74-1, 2, 80-3 for footage showing 3rd and 59th Divisions in action during 'Charnwood' and scenes inside Caen after its fall. Part I of the synopsis was filmed on 9/7/1944 by Sergeant Connolly - refer to the dope sheet filed under A70 77-5 (A700 77/5).
Remarks: best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 76-1, (77-2, 3, 4, 6, which contain footage) showing British troops occupying the ruins of Caen (the last four items containing similar, complementary footage).