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Summary: A view of the Empire's Navies, in peace and war, designed to emphasise their size and power, worldwide distribution, and fighting character (in explicit contrast to Axis navies).
Description: An interesting attempt is made to evaluate the differing roles of air and sea power (some good material on aircraft carriers, with Swordfish and Fulmar planes) but submarines are scarcely mentioned. Much of the material is simple stock shot compilation - there is also some good coverage (including Italian film) of the raid on Taranto and sinking of the Bartolomeo Colleoni, and less good material on the Bismarck and Admiral Graf Spee actions. Includes film of George VI at a Naval Review at Portland and closes with naval officers toasting Nelson.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
British Movietone News (Production company)
Wiggins, Sydney (Production individual)
Sanger, Gerald (Production individual)
Mitchell, Leslie (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: George VI, King (person)
Royal Navy (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British naval - combat: Fairey Fulmar (object name)
aircraft, British naval - combat: Fairey Swordfish (object name)
propaganda, British - inspirational (object name)
ships, German naval - battleship: Bismarck (object name)
ships, German naval - battleship: Admiral Graf Spee (object name)
ships, Italian naval - cruiser: Bartolomeo Colleoni (object name)
Portland, Dorset, England, UK (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: 979 ft; Running time: 11 mins
Notes: Remarks: second of 4 newsreel compilations produced for the British Ministry of Information - see remarks to THE EMPIRE'S NEW ARMIES (CBE 201).