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Title:PERFORMANCE ON LAND AND IN WATER OF CARGO CARRIER - M29-C (WEASEL) [Main Title]
Film Number:ADM 1146
Other titles:INVASION EQUIPMENT TRIALS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Trials of M29(C) and LVT(1).
Description: I. M29(C). CU-MS as Weasel starts off down beach, cutting to shot of vehicle at sea - it approaches a mooring buoy, but misjudges and collides with it. M29 runs up the beach onto dunes. It then descends and runs along the beach before trying to climb up again - it gets stuck.
II. LVT(1). HA.MCU onto heads of soldiers in LVT as crewman works hand crank to lower ramp - the men run off onto the beach. Jeep attempts to reverse into LVT - it succeeds on the second attempt, and then drives off again. CUs of tracks and rear driving wheel of LVT, and MS along the cargo deck as crewman climbs out of the driving compartment.
III. M29(C). Weasel attempts to drive up ramp of LCT 340 which is lying in 3 - 4 ft of water; the vehicle slews round to lie broadside on across the bottom of the ramp. In a second attempt, the angle of approach is correct, but the Weasel gets stuck at the base of the ramp. A third attempt is also unsuccessful.
IV. LVT(1). Soldiers embark and the ramp is raised.
V. M29(C). Weasel drives to the edge of the beach, and the driver ships the twin rudders and lowers bow plate before entering the sea. M29 demonstrates its turning circle on the beach (Bedford OXD in the background), and its performance in soft terrain, crossing wet sand and the bed of a small stream. Cut to M29 at sea, manoeuvring around the camera craft. Final shot under the port quarter of LCT 340 - Weasel swims into view.