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Title:PREPARATION FOR OPERATION NEPTUNE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 685
Description: (1) D-Day minus four. Tanks move toward embarkation point. MCU as Churchill SBG bridgelayer of 79th AD passes camera. Rear 3/4 MS of Churchill AVRE fascine carrier of 1st Assault Brigade RE. Ms, Sherman Crab (bridgelayer and fascine carrier, frame left) - camera pans down shore scattered with supplies to LCT(5)s, beached ready for loading. Bridgelayer reverses into LCT 1408. Cut to rear 3/4 MS as RM Armoured Assault Group Centaurs pass through a naval camp followed by lorries carrying troops and jeep towing two-wheeled trailer - camera pans right to follow convoy (Nissen hut in background). MCU as four Churchill ARVs pass MP(Lieutenant) at bend in road. (2) 'J' Force. MS of LCT(R) firing series of short salvoes of 3(x3) and 4(x5) rockets. MS off port quarter of two LCG(L) (4)s keeping station at sea - foremost vessel fires 'A' gun towards shore. MCU tracks past LCG(L) 939 and LCT(R) 337. Stern 3/4 MS of LCA(HR). MLS of 11 LCTs in line ahead near coast. Mss off port beam of SGB at speed and starboard quarter of LCC, ML 136. (3) Southampton waters, May 1944. MS as camera approaches to cross bows of listing LST (Maracaibo tanker conversion). 3/4 MS of two LSTs moored bow to stern abeam of one another - camera tracks in for CU of open bow doors of LST 363. MS and MCU tracks past moored LCI(S)s, LCP(L)s, LCVs, LCVPs, LCP(SY)s (man semaphores from focsle of one survey craft ), and various sailing craft.