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Title:THE 59TH (STAFFORDSHIRE) DIVISION REACHES THE ORNE AT GOUPILLIERES [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 113-19
Description: From high ground overlooking the Orne at Goupillieres, the camera sweeps over a picturesque countryside, consisting of a patchwork of fields bounded by hedges and clumps of trees straddling both sides of the Orne valley rising sharply towards the Fôret de Grimbosq in the east. Concealed from view are German troop positions covering the left flank of the 1st SS Panzer Korps presently facing the bulk of the 1st Canadian Army south of Caen. The 7th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment rides to Goupillieres on Churchill tanks belonging to the 107th RAC along a congested, hedgerow-bordered lane typical of the second-class roads through the 'bocage' region of Normandy.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Gordon, J (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Armoured Corps, Bn 107 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Tank, 34 (regiment/service)
British Army, Staffordshire Regiment, South, 7th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 176 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 59 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 12 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - tank: Churchill (object name)
Operation Bluecoat, Mont Pinçon 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Orne (River), France (geography)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See A70 111-5, 112-5 and 6, 113-4, 5, 6, 15 and 18, 116-6, 118-3 and 4, 124-1, 2, 3 and 6, 126-8, 10 and 11 for footage showing 12th Corps' formations in action near Villers- Bocage, in the Orne bridge-head and during the advance towards Falaise. A battle group from the 12th SS Panzer Division was despatched to the Fôret de Grimbosq shortly after 59th Division crossed the Orne.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 113-18 which is complementary to this material.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 111-5 and 113-18.