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Title:HOME GUARD ACTIVITIES IN SCOTLAND [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 139
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Home Guard exercises in Scotland and Essex. Home Guard assembling from outlying areas, drawing weapons and attacking dummy target.
Description: 13 July 1941. Kirkmichael Platoon, 2nd Battalion, East Perthshire Home Guard under Major Balfour. Lorries carrying Home Guard and cars arriving in Kirkmichael from outlying districts, bringing in members after alarm has been given. They fall in and prepare to draw Lewis guns, ammunition, etc. They climb aboard lorries and depart, then arrive at point where enemy paratroops are reported. They leave lorries and deploy. Home Guard start to surround the sheep compound where the paratroops have installed themselves. The attack is worked up to a final assault. Short sequence of sheep-shearing with the workers called away on Home Guard alarm.
Men working on loading machinery hear the alarm and and leave to join the assembling platoon.
15 July 1941. 1st Inverness (East and Nairn) Battalion, Cawdor Platoon of Nairn County at Cawdor Castle near Inverness. Watchman on tower, pipers, the men coming over the drawbridge and falling in on parade. The platoon splits into two to round up supposed paratroops. They deploy into the attack.
18 July 1941. Lochaber Works Platoon, A Company, West 2nd Inverness-shire Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Laughton and Lieutenant Reid-Thomas. Men coming from aluminium works and joining lorry and armoured cars which come out from their garages. Some scramble aboard while others load on mortars and machine guns. They move off in column, having been preceded by an infantry detatchment. The supposed enemy is holding up a cottage on the far side of a river, the troops take up positions to fire on the cottage with armoured cars, using Lewis guns, mortar and Vickers machine guns. The infantry attack through a smoke screen and throw dummy bombs at the cottage.
27 July 1941. Home Guard exercises at Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex. 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. The Home Guard leave HQ and run to the landing stage. They embark in dinghies, leaving for the patrol boats. Home Guard with rifles and Brownings patrolling the river.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 3
Footage: 2155 ft; Running time: 22 mins
Notes: Summary: Reel 1 was filmed on 13 July, Reel 2 on 15 and 18 July and Reel 3 on 27 July.
Summary: Captain Tennyson D'Eyncourt was cameraman for the Scottish section and Sergeant Lawson for the Essex section.