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Title:BACKGROUND MATERIAL FOR THE ARRIVAL OF GENERAL LEGENTILHOMME [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 348/1
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Industrial and agricultural activities in the Tananarive district of Madagascar.
Description: Rice fields filmed from the air. Malagasy natives labouring in the paddy fields, breaking down lumps of clay. Oxen being driven in the field. Bundles of rice plants. Women and children setting the rice plants. A local workman with a sack of flaked graphite. Pre graphite being floated to the top of a pan. Malagache workmen on the open workings. Graphite gneiss (rock) is pushed on trolleys into the washing shed. View of the graphite workings. Unpolished rice in the hopper of a threshing machine. Mechanical sifters. A sack of polished rice. Sacks being loaded onto ox carts. Oil drums in factory where vegetable oil is extracted from nuts. A smoke stack. Cow hides in a drying shed. Boots and shoes. Cans being made in a factory. Cans of plum jam are weighed and automatically sealed in a canning plant. The labelling department. Molten metal is poured into pattern moulds in a foundry. Lathes in the machine shop. Bevelled gears. The grindstone. Barefooted artisans operating the pedal. A general view of the workshop. Electric welding. Native girls learning to spin. Weaving on handmade looms. Plaiting straw hats. People shopping in a market in Tananarive. The headquarters of the Fighting French. Gun fire. The battery under the statue of Galliani. The cross at the base of the statue.