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Summary: Southampton docks through the years of the Second World War.
Description: Reel 1 (886 ft): Loading tanks, vehicles, equipment for the BEF. BEF at docks, boarding, troopship departure. Ships damaged by mines and bombing. Dunkirk and Channel Islands evacuees. Bomb damage and fires in warehouses and cold store. ARP inspection (Colonel Moore-Brabazon). Unloading lease-lend supplies from USA. Build-up of US supplies and equipment for Second Front.
Reel 2 (757 ft): New dock control centre (heavily reinforced). Landing craft construction. Mulberry construction (fairly extensive coverage). Southern Railway ships refitted as troopships and hospital ships. Forces ready for D-day. Loading supplies after D-day (by "coloured" US troops).
Reel 3 (490 ft): Repairs in dry dock to war damaged ships (including Dinard, a hospital ship). Casualties off hospital ships. German POWs past dock gate. Locomotives and rolling stock loaded up for France. Memorial plaque 1939-45. Docks return to peace time.
Production Details: Southern Railway Film Unit (Production company)
Sangster, Basil (Production individual)
Arlen, Robert (Production individual)
Marson, Lionel (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Moore-Brabazon, John Theodore Cuthbert (person)
British Army, British Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, DINARD, hospital ship (regiment/service)
SOUTHERN RAILWAY (regiment/service)
Air Raid Precautions (ARP) (regiment/service)
United States Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: ceremonies, British - display: inspection parade (object name)
destruction, British military - area: bomb (object name)
engineering, military, British - Mulberry (object name)
industry, British - ships: landing craft (object name)
operations, Allied military - preparation (object name)
operations, British maritime - maintenance (object name)
operations, British maritime - harbour (object name)
operations, British military - movement: ship (object name)
refugees, french - reception (object name)
ships, British auxiliary - assistance: Dinard (object name)
ships, British auxiliary - transport: troopship (object name)
transport, British civilian - rail (object name)
supplies, British, movement [RA] - misc: ship (object name)
GB, England & Southampton, Hants <Docks> (geography)