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Title:OPERATION BRACKEN: THE BLACK WATCH SOUTH OF BAGHDAD, 2004 (TAPE 7) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:BFA 2817
Other titles:HEADQUARTERS LAND COMMAND ARMY 2004 COLLECTION [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Activities at Camp Dogwood, including filling of sandbags, medical teams in action and the aftermath of an IED (improvised explosive device) detonation.
Description: START 07:00:00 Bars and tone.
07:00:30 Brief shot of Cobra helicopter gunship flying overhead.
07:00:59 Behind the HESCO bastion wall, sandbags are filled by hand. Interior of troop accommodation: soldiers relax on camp beds in the dingy, dusty space.
07:03:03 Unloading and checking of medical supplies in dimly-lit building. Further supplies are loaded onto a lorry.
07:04:36 Interview with Private Kaylie Thorpe of 3 Close Support Medical Regiment, combat medical technician, working at the Regimental Aid Post attached to the Black Watch. (Her role is primary healthcare and trauma care.)
07:07:39 Exterior of the building housing the Regimental Aid Post; armoured vehicles and battlefield ambulances are lined up outside.
07:08:06 Medical officer types report on laptop.
07:08:06 Interior of tented hospital ward; here, Captain Hugo Guthrie, Regimental Medical Officer for the Black Watch, is interviewed about the facilities and the medical services.
07:11:36 Interior of trauma centre showing equipment and supplies.
07:11:55 Cutaway shot of Red Cross flag.
07:12:07 Interview with Padre Alex Thomas, Battalion Chaplain of the the Black Watch, based at the Regimental Aid Post (ministry to the sick).
07:15:00 FV432 ambulance vehicle on the move.
07:15:35 Desert road with smoke by the roadside in the middle distance; this has been caused by an improvised explosive device. Views of Warrior armoured vehicles with crew, and Humvee parked next to them, setting up a cordon around the area of the IED. One has the slogan "FORWARD THE FORTY TWA BURNTISLAND" inscribed on the side. General views of Warriors and the surrounding desert landscape.
07:19:55 Teams prepare to inspect the site of the IED. Warriors stand guard; soldier approached the point of the explosion (shots of wrecked car in the middle of the road). Soldiers discuss pushing the debris out of the way using a Warrior.
07:21:27 Interview at roadside (wrecked car in the background) with Major Robin Lindsay (OC D Company 1st Battalion the Black Watch) discussing the discovery of the suspicious vehicle and the setting up of a cordon. (The vehicle subsequently exploded, but with no casualties.)
07:22:46 Close up of crater in the road caused by the explosion; Humvee parked in background.
Production Details: UK Land Media Ops (Production sponsor)
Headquarters Land Command Mobile News Team (Production company)
Brownbridge, Paul (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: Colour
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: None
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: DVCPRO
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Tape length: 24; Running time: 22 mins
Notes: Summary: Operation Bracken was the deployment of British troops (principally the Black Watch) from Basra to the American-controlled zone south of Baghdad in October 2004, to allow US Army troops to be freed up for the assault on Fallujah.