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Title:PREPARATIONS FOR D-DAY NEAR THE INVASION EMBARKATION PORTS IN SOUTHERN ENGLAND (PART 2) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 19-2
Summary: Roads and embarkation ports are made ready for the pre-D-Day build-up.
Description: I. A CMP lance-corporal (wearing a Northern Ireland Military District flash on his shoulder) directs military traffic at a cross-roads on the A31 'Hogsback' road near Guildford in Surrey. In the background is a steam roller completes work on the recently-widened tarmac road. The cameraman studies various warning signs put up by RAC personnel placing restrictions on civilian and military use of certain sections of the road.
II. Civilian workmen lay prefabricated concrete sections at low tide in Gosport during the construction of an embarkation 'hard'.
III. Military direction signs adorn a newly-constructed dual- carriageway section of the A33 (?) near Winchester. A 15cwt truck drives past No 19 AFV depot on the A33 Winchester bypass where men can be seen at work on a Churchill tank. M10 Achilles 17- pounder SPGs are towed on M9 trailers by RASC Diamond T M19 prime movers along the A31 Winchester-Guildford road. The camera examines the picturesque parish church of Herriard together with its overgrown cemetery.
Notes: Summary: filmed for production 'X'. See with A70 9-1, 2, 17-1 to 3, 19-1, 3 to 5 for footage showing road improvement work etc. Part I of the summary was filmed on 10/5/1944 (?), part II on 11/5/1944, part III on 12/5/1944.
Remarks: good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 19-5 which contains complementary footage.