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Summary: I. "Italy 'gets it' from North Africa." USAAF Liberators take off from a desert airfield in Libya to bomb Naples. Film from a great height shows bomb explosions on the quayside.
II. "New men-o'-war swell US Navy." Launching of the aircraft carrier Bunker Hill and battleship New Jersey "completed one year ahead of schedule."
III. "How 8th Army spent Xmas." Item emphasises the supply aspect of the 8th Army's progress, showing seemingly endless lines of trucks near Mussolini's monumental "Marble Arch" (marking border between Cyrenaica and Tripolitania) and the unloading of aviation spirit from a transport plane at an advance air base. Piles of Christmas mail have reached the soldiers on time. The men themselves are seen enjoying their Christmas dinner in the shade of ruined buildings, then going for a dip in the sea.
IV. "British Mission sees China at War." Parliamentary mission watches parade by Chiang Kai-Shek's modernised army then sees it in action on the upper reaches of the Yellow River. Air Force is now well-equipped with Vanguards and manned by "keen pilots" (view of Air Force Training School pupils). Bomb-proof hillside factories house the cotton and wool industries.
Production Details: Ministry of Supply (Production sponsor)
British Paramount News (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: United States Army Air Forces (regiment/service)
United States Navy, BUNKER HILL (USS), aircraft carrier (1942) (regiment/service)
United States Navy, USS NEW JERSEY, battleship (1942) (regiment/service)
British Army, Army, 8 (regiment/service)
Chinese Army (regiment/service)
Chinese Air Force, Air Force Training School (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, United States - combat: Consolidated B-24 Liberator (object name)
combat, United States - air raid (object name)
operations, United States air - sortie (object name)
ceremonies, United States - event-related: launching of ship (object name)
ships, United States naval - aircraft carrier, : Bunker Hill (object name)
ships, United States naval - battleship: New Jersey (object name)
celebrations, British - popular: Christmas (object name)
recreation, British military - sustenance: Christmas dinner (object name)
supplies, British, movement [RA] - misc (object name)
delegations, British international - informative: parliamentary mission visits China (object name)
Italy & Naples (geography)
China & Yellow River (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 815 ft; Running time: 9 mins