- Title: ROAD SCENES ON THE PUSH TOWARDS RANGOON [Allocated Title]
- Film Number: JFU 218
- Other titles: BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
- Summary: Armoured vehicles and motor transport of 63 Brigade, 17th Indian Division, seen on the road to Rangoon, Burma.
- Description: A low-loader carrying a bulldozer passes camera. A column of motor transport and Stuart ('Honey') light tanks (7th Light Cavalry?). A lorry drives across an open field; a pagoda spire can be seen in the background. A Chevrolet CMP lorry towing a small (and presumably captured Japanese) field gun on an archaic-looking wheeled carriage. A signpost gives directions to Rangoon (127 miles), Ananbaw (8 miles) and Mandalay (315 miles). Motor transport passes. Close-ups of the signpost. Stuart tanks kicking up clouds of dust as they pass. Lorries pass a sign for Rangoon.
- Access Conditions: IWM Attribution: © IWM
- Featured Period: 1939-1945
- Production Date: 1945-04-27
- Production Country: GB
- Production Details: War Office Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor) SEAC Film Unit (Production company) Higgins, K G (Production individual)
- Personalities, Units and Organisations: Indian Army, 63rd Indian Infantry Brigade (regiment/service) Indian Army, 17th Indian Division (regiment/service) Indian Army, 7th Light Cavalry (regiment/service)
- Keywords: Rangoon Road 1945, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event) Burma 1942-1945 (theme) British Army 1939-1945 (theme)
- Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W Sound format: Silent
- Technical Details: Format: 35mm Number of items/reels/tapes: 1 Footage: 194 ft; Running time: 3 mins
- Notes: These troops form part of a headlong Allied rush for Rangoon which was motivated by two considerations, namely the need to reach the city before the onset of the monsoon, expected in mid-May, and the impending withdrawal on 1 June 1945 of US Army Air Force transport squadrons supplying 14th Army. Ultimately successful, Rangoon fell without a fight to a combined airborne and amphibious invasion in the first week of May 1945.
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Related IWM Collections Objects:
JFU 175 (5TH INDIAN DIVISION'S ENTRY TO YAMETHIN [Allocated Title])