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Warspite117 Apr 2023 5:39 p.m. PST

An interesting movie.

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At the start a US 57mm (6-pounder) is pumping shots into a pillbox supported by a Sherman and then the German garrison surrender.

Then a Bangalore torpedo is shown being rigged to cut barbed wire.

If you follow the black time clock (on screen) at 05.58 the soldier on the left is using a German MP 38 or MP40 while his comrades balance a 0.30 cal Browing on a wall. He is blazing away with 9mm.

Later we cut back to the same 57mm which appears to be firing H.E. at another pillbox.

Second film:

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Spitfires going wheels up from a forward airfield. Later troops and ammunition unload on a British beach.

The film moves inland with British troops meeting French civilians. US troops play dice.

Mixed road traffic, some being directed by British Royal Military Police wearing characteristic white sleeves to make themselves more visible in bad light or the blackout.

DUKWs are much in evidence and we follow them from ship to shore.

At 07.00 there is a Sherman BARV (Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle).

At 07.52 there is a 3 x barrelled Polsten AA gun.


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