BEACH RECOVERY - PART III: THE ROLE OF THE BEACH RECOVERY SECTION [Main Title]
A military training film examining in detail the rôle of the Beach Recovery section after an assault landing.
(Reel 1) L/S of an assault landing. The Beach Recovery operation that follows the assault is a finely tuned operation. At "H" and sixty minutes, the Track Recovery Vehicles (TRV) land on two beaches; the Operations Commander (OC) checks the beach service. The Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle (BARV) recovers vehicle casualties. Simultaneously the jeeps are landed. A D8 tractor makes for the exit at the landward side of the beach. Mine sweeping and obstacle clearing begin. Meanwhile the OC reconnoitres the area between his two platoons establishing what is required to clear the beach and where HQ should be. (Reel 2) BARV clear vehicles at the water's edge. Wheel Recovery Vehicles at work. Ward-le-France tows vehicle casualties to the high water mark. Scammell tractor relieves the D8 enabling it to do beach recovery. The DAW Amphibian (the "duck") and jeeps mine sweep and search for booby traps. HQ Beach Recovery is established - a bivouac camp; latrines are dug; a no 19 wireless set is used for communication. Wet Recovery and Wheeled Recovery Vehicles work in relay together. (Reel 3) Beach roadway built; vehicle dump at back of beach, from here the vehicle casualties are towed in a line to the maintenance park. At the Drowned Vehicle Park, dewatering oil takes the salt water from engines. Map to show communications between the two platoons and Beach HQ. Loudhailer used for control. Explanation of vehicle numbering system. The duck pulls out the submerged vehicle with the aid of a diver. Buoys mark positions of submerged vehicles. (Reel 4) Description of chain of command. Beach Recovery Section and Landing Craft Recovery Unit work together on mechanical and human casualties. Maintenance continues in quieter periods. Troops cooking and making tea. Construction of bivouacs from vehicles and tarpaulins. Sentries are posted.