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Title:THE 5TH BATTALION QUEEN'S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS ADVANCES ACROSS COUNTRY SOUTH OF CAEN [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 119-7
Summary: Additional coverage of Sergeant Smales' material showing the 5th Cameronian Highlanders advancing eastwards towards the villages of Conteville and Praussy-la-Campagne.
Description: The battalion's Infantry makes its way in the heat across a countryside made barren in appearance by scorched bushes and trees and by fields covered with bomb craters. Camouflaged M10 "Achilles" self-propelled guns from the 61st (?) Anti-Tank Regiment and Shermans from the 148th RAC (?) accompany the 5th Cameronians to their objective. Of interest is an infantry telephone mounted on the rear hull of one of the Sherman tanks which enables infantry to get quickly in touch with the tank commander without having to board the tank in order to attract its crew's attention.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
McArdle, T P (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Cameron Highlanders, 5th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 152 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 51 (regiment/service)
Canadian Army, Canadian Corps 2 (regiment/service)
Canadian Army, Army 1 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Artillery (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 33 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
armour, United States - halftrack: M5 (object name)
destruction, French military - area: bomb (object name)
Operation Totalise 1944, Normandy, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Calvados, France (geography)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 119-2 and 5 for material shot by Sergeants. Collins and Smales. Refer also to A70 116-1 and 7 and A70 119-1 for footage taken by Sergeants Connolly and Walker and material showing destroyed 'Hitlerjugend' armour in A70 120-9 and 19.
Remarks: Best seen with items of film footage listed above.
Documentation/associated material: read 'The Official History of the Canadian Army : the Victory Campaign' by Colonel Stacey and 'The History of the 51st (Highland) Division 1939-1945' by J B Salmond.