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Living History Group

Army Film & Photographic Unit

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Monty's Men Operation “Bluecoat” in Normandy - October 2003


Portraying 9th Battalion Durham Light Infantry (DLI), 151st (Intermediate) Infantry Brigade, 50th (Tyne Tees) Division comprising Platoon HQ with 3 sections and accompanied by 2 AFPU cameramen (Sgt Jeff Ball and Sgt Gary Hughes). This trip involved visits to the museum at St Martin De Besaces dedicated to Operation “Bluecoat” plus significant monuments and battlefield sites together with a “Living History” phase. This phase comprised patrolling as well as the establishment of dug in positions.


Here is a selection of photographs from this phase of the trip that hopefully captures some of the atmosphere of the original photos taken by the AFPU cameramen that accompanied the units of the 50th Division on the push through France in 1944.

All pictures copyright of Gary Hughes & Jeff Ball unless otherwise stated

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