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Title:WADING TRIALS FOR SHERMAN AND BISHOP SELF-PROPELLED GUN [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 1031
Other titles:INVASION EQUIPMENT TRIALS [Allocated Series Title]
Description: I. MS as "LCT(3) 340" disembarks Sherman into deep water to wade ashore. The tank is inspected once parked on the beach.
II. "LCT(2) 142" disembarks a Bishop self-propelled 25-pounder for 6 ft wade. Vehicle runs parallel to the shore for some time before coming up into the shallows and running ashore past the camera. Sequence showing the effect of firing the gun while it is still waterproofed - the muzzle cap is destroyed and the canvas covering over the barrel reduced to tatters after four rounds. Major RA holds up the shredded covering for inspection. Caption notes that the gun mantlet is to be modified. Final sequence shows the Bishop reversing out to a depth of 6 ft in calm water to fire four rounds - prominent radio masts behind coastal town in background.
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, LCT 340 (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, LCT 142 (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British naval - amphibious: LCT 340 (object name)
ships, British naval - amphibious: LCT 142 (object name)
armour, British - SPG: Bishop (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: None
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 419 ft; Running time: 5 mins
Notes: Summary: the unit commanding the Bishop self-propelled guns is likely to be 384 Battery of 142 (Royal Devon Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery in Rothesay, Scotland - see "The Royal Devon Yeomanry - The Story of 142 Field Regiment Royal Artillery 1939-1945" (Baskerville Press, Eastbourne & London 1947) p 33.