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Title:51ST (HIGHLAND) DIVISION PUSHES TOWARDS FALAISE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 119-2
Summary: The 51st (Highland) Division consolidates its gains won during the first two days of Operation "Totalise" in conjunction with the 1st Polish Armoured Division.
Description: In an attempt to minimise the amount of dust made by traffic, Canadian engineers spray water onto the road leading out of the Faubourg de Vaucelles as ambulances and trucks head for 2nd Canadian Corps' front. A Sherman tank from the 1st Polish Armoured Division (named "Irena" by its crew) is joined by two Loyd carriers making their way through the cornfields beyond St Aignan de Cramesnil. Long lines of infantrymen from the 5/7th Gordon Highlanders (?) and the battalion's anti-tank platoon make their way past bits of wreckage and fallen tree trunks through Garcelles-Secqueville. Infantry from the 5th Battalion Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders march across the scorched stubble of wheatfields towards the villages of Conteville and Proussy-la- Campagne. During the advance, Major-General Rennie, 51st Division's Commander, confers with Brigadier Cassels, OC 152nd Brigade.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Collins (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Cassels, Archibald James Halkett (person)
Rennie, Tom Gordon (person)
Polish Armed Forces in the West, 1st Armoured Division (regiment/service)
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)
Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Engineers (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
weapons, British - gun [AT]: 57mm 6-pounder (object name)
Operation Totalise 1944, Normandy, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Caen, Calvados, France (geography)
Calvados, France (geography)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 119-5 and 7 for footage taken by Sergeants Smales and McArdle. Refer also to A70 116-1 and 7 and A70 119-1 for material shot by Sergeants Connolly and Walker.
Remarks: A useful visual record of both the state of the weather during this late stage of the Normandy campaign and the appearance of the countryside between Caen and Falaise.
Documentation/associated material: read 'With the tanks of the 1st Polish Armoured Division' by Jamar, 'The History of the 51st (Highland) Division 1939-1945' by J B Salmond and 'The Official History of the Canadian Army : The Victory Campaign' by Colonel Stacey.