Another bit of "Fontenay-le-Pesnel" footage that the IWM currently has online, and certainly not one I have seen before, so perhaps it's only fairly recently gone up online?: This one under an associated subject of "British Military - hygine" - is a bit more revealing ;-) OPERATION EPSOM - 49TH DIVISION AT THE VILLAGE OF FONTENAY- LE-PESNEL (PART 4) [ALLOCATED TITLE] Object description British troops enjoy a hot shower behind 49th (West Riding) Division's sector of the front line. Full description Troops who have just had a hot shower dry themselves with towels, get dressed and cut their toenails in a farmyard in the village of Fontenay-le-Pesnel during a brief period out of the line following the capture of the Rauray spur. Men pour buckets of water into a large tank heated by a wood fire from where the shower water is drawn. Naked men scrub themselves clean in showers set up in the lee of a farmhouse. And with a production date of "1944-06-28" - I suppose clips of it might have been subsequently intended, perhaps, to turn up in some of the more light hearted 1944 newsreel. OPERATION EPSOM - 49th DIVISION AT THE VILLAGE OF FONTENAY- LE-PESNEL (PART 4) [Allocated Title] This one (above) - Part 4 - is available to view currently, but the other parts, are not, though the descriptions of those are i.e. OPERATION EPSOM - 49TH DIVISION AT THE VILLAGE OF FONTENAY- LE-PESNEL (PART 1) [Allocated Title] Part 1 - Object description Wrecked armoured fighting vehicles and guns from 146th Brigade and its supporting units and the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend are found in Fontenay-le-Pesnel as British troops consolidate their hold on the devastated village. Full description A 4th Lincolnshire Regiment Universal Carrier overtakes a Loyd carrier hit and set on fire by an anti-tank projectile in a meadow outside Fontenay; the 6-pounder gun it was towing lies a few yards away. Dead cattle and the corpse of an SS man (from the 26th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment) are found in fields outside the village. In Fontenay itself, a 7.5cm anti-tank gun covering the Caen-Juvigny road has been overrun, with one of its gunners lying dead nearby, while further down the road can be seen a burnt-out Sherman tank and a smouldering Panther Ausf G tank, which the cameraman examines in detail. The cameraman then surveys the extent of the destruction in the village - a product of mortar and artillery fire from both sides - and observes men of the Hallamshire Regiment looking for snipers in and around Fontenay, during which a fatally injured German is given water to drink, and digging in. Production date:1944-06-25 OPERATION EPSOM - 49TH DIVISION AT THE VILLAGE OF FONTENAY- LE-PESNEL (PART 2) [Allocated Title] Part 2 - Object description Scenes of armour and infantry moving towards Fontenay. Full description A Crusader AA tank, an M10 Achilles 17-pounder self- propelled gun and a Crusader gun tractor from the 73rd Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery, 30th Corps' anti-tank unit, move along a tank track towards the village of Fontenay-le-Pesnel. Men serving with the 11th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers - two of them having been injured during the fighting for Fontenay - sip mugs of tea. A Loyd Carrier with a 6-pounder anti-tank gun in tow moves up towards the front. Production date: 1944-06-25 OPERATION EPSOM - 49TH DIVISION AT THE VILLAGE OF FONTENAY- LE-PESNEL (PART 3) [Allocated Title] Part 3 - Object description Scenes of mortar bombardment at Fontenay-le-Pesnel. Full description Branches fall from trees lining the Caen-Juvigny road as a mortar bombardment launched by the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend lands on Fontenay-le-Pesnel; a motorcyclist despatch rider and a Universal Carrier from a 70th Brigade unit attempt to run the gauntlet. Smoke rises from buildings set on fire by German artillery while a near-miss sends earth clods flying into the air. Production date: 1944-06-26 There are a few mentions, I saw, in some of the correspondence home of my (24th Lancer) grandfather sent back from the nr. Fontenay area i.e. This from 24th June 1944: "The weather here today is lovely. In this orchard, (it’s just like Senie’s) we get the full benefit of the sun. We are lucky to have a nice stream for the washing of ourselves and our clothes; there is a nice little waterfall, so we have a shower bath, when it’s warm enough! They did fix up for us to have a bath, we took one look at it and decided our stream was cleaner. They say there’s trout in it but I haven’t seen any." And... from 2nd July 1944: "It’s getting too blooming dark to see now so I’ll have to give young Beddow his pencil back + go to bed. We had a grand shower in a field today, a milk churn with holes in the bottom.