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Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Lord Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia (SACSEA), visits the recently built floating Bailey bridge over the River Chindwin at Kalewa, Burma, and inspects men of 11th East African Division.
Description: Pan over the Chindwin to 'Grub Bridge', a 1150-ft floating Bailey pontoon bridge at Kalewa; a jeep drives past camera. The 'rhino' patches of 11th East African Division are much in evidence. A second jeep follows carrying Mountbatten and the divisional commander, Major-General Charles Fowkes. Close-up of pennants on Mountbatten's jeep, including Chinese, British (with the phoenix insignia of South East Asia Command) and American flags. Mountbatten meets British personnel of 11th East African Division. Inspecting African troops. Addressing troops. On the bridge. A Lee medium tank on the bridge. Mountbatten's jeep departs, saluted by an Indian military policeman wearing the badge of XXXIII Indian Corps. Mountbatten, at an airstrip, meets American airmen; diagonal stripes on an aircraft suggest 1st Air Commando Group, United States Army Air Forces. Wide shot with parked aircraft and men carrying a stretcher case. Mountbatten watches an aircraft depart. African troops carry a stretcher case (an African soldier) with close-up. Mountbatten boards an RAF L-5 Sentinel.
Production Details: War Office Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
SEAC Film Unit (Production company)
Govan, Harold WilliamBritish Army sergeant-cameraman with South East Asia Command Film Unit (British) and No.9 Army Film & Photographic Unit, formerly Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment), service number 7662913, BEM in London Gazette 37576 published 21 May 1946, pg 2. (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Mountbatten, Louis (Earl) (person)
Fowkes, Charles Christopher (person)
British Army, 11th East African Division (regiment/service)
South East Asia Command (regiment/service)
United States Army Air Force, 1st Air Commando Group (regiment/service)
Indian Army, XXXIII Indian Corps (regiment/service)
Keywords: Kalewa, Burma (geography)
Chindwin (River), Burma (geography)
Chindwin Crossing 1944-1945, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)