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Summary: A demonstration of capabilities of the amphibious version of the US jeep by British army personnel.
Description: START 00:00:00 Title 'Amphibians II Amphibious Jeep'. Scenes filmed in south-west England showing a Ford GPA amphibious jeep underway - LCT(3) 340 and LCT(5) 2453 in the background. Intertitle 'In and out of L.C.T. afloat'. The jeep goes up the bow ramp into LCT 340, and then back down again into the water - LCVP passes in the background. Intertitle 'Engine Deck is awash even in calm water'. CU from onboard shows sea water spilling onto the jeep's engine deck. Intertitle 'An Amphibian ambulance carries four stretcher cases plus doctor and crew of two'. The jeep reverses into water carrying four stretchers (two on the engine deck and two at the rear), the driver and two passengers.
00:01:44 Intertitle 'Towing four F.B.E. Mk II laden with 2 1/2 tons'. The amphibious jeep tows four collapsible pontoons, each with a naval rating on board into the shallows, where they are cast loose. Intertitle 'A powerful Recovery winch driven off the engine'. CU as a winch on the amphibious jeep lifts test blocks on single whip suspended from the crane of a Mack 5-ton 6x4 heavy breakdown truck; in the background are several stationary vehicles, namely an AEC Matador artillery tractor and Bedford OYC, two 2 1/2-ton GMC 6x6, Karrier K6, Austin K3 and Commer Q4 lorries. Intertitle 'Breaking strain at lifting of six 7 cwt concrete blocks'. CU of cable around block and tackle.
Production Details: Combined Operations Headquarters (Production sponsor)
US Naval Film Unit (Production company)
Office of Strategic Services (for) (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, LCT 340 (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, LCT 2435 (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British naval - amphibious: LCT 340 (object name)
ships, British naval - amphibious: LCT 2435 (object name)
transport, United States military - amphibious: amphibious jeep (object name)
Amphibious Warfare (theme)
British Army 1939-1945 (theme)
Combined Operations and Landing Craft 1940-1945 (theme)
Royal Navy 1939-1945 (theme)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: English
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 404 ft; Running time: 4 mins 19 secs