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Title:12TH CORPS FIGHTS ITS WAY INTO S'HERTOGENBOSCH (PART 4) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 183-14
Summary: As the 53rd (Welsh) Division fights its way into s'Hertogenbosch, support units tidy up the main road leading into the city from the north east.
Description: Three sappers serving with 244th Field Company RE probe with a bayonet and pitch forks for German wooden Schu-mines buried in the verges alongside the Heesch-s'Hertogenbosch road in Hintham; another RE uses a mine detector as he sweeps for mines near the tangled wreckage of a truck and along the road-side verges. The cameraman examines three (?) abandoned horse-drawn 7.5cm le, IG 18 gun detachments and the corpses of their Wehrmacht gunners and draught animals killed as they tried to escape from Hintham into s'Hertogenbosch earlier in the same day (24/10/1944). Two engineers sitting on the back of an abandoned Wehrmacht artillery wagon watch their tinned meal cook over an open fire.
Notes: Summary: See with A70 182-6, 7, 183-5, 6, 12, 186-2 for footage showing 53rd (Welsh) Division in action during Operation Pheasant and refer to ciné material showing 7th Armoured and 51st (Highland) Divisions similarly engaged. For footage showing Royal engineers unearthing Schu-mines and Teller mines, see A70 196-5; the liberal use of landmines by the Germans was a feature of the Dutch '44-45 winter campaign.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 183-5 which features wrecked German field howitzers found near the infantry guns seen here.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 182-7.