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Title:MONSOON PATROLS IN THE SITTANG BEND [Allocated Title]
Film Number:JFU 277
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Infantry of 1st Battalion, Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) seen patrolling in monsoon conditions in the flooded 'Sittang Bend' area near Waw, Burma.
Description: Men in rain capes patrolling on foot across a muddy field. Trains and railway rolling stock can be seen in the background. Soldiers board an assault boat on the Pegu-Sittang Canal. Supplies (a tin of petrol and tinned food) are unloaded. The boats move off. Footage from a local boat being punted along the river by a local boatman. Water is bailed out by a young Burmese man. A British soldier punting. Men board a boat. A Bren gunner looks down the sights of his weapon. The boat is punted away. Various views of boats on the river. The boat beaches and the Bren gunner gets off first followed by other soldiers. A post is marked 'B-62'. Men wade across a paddy field before climbing up onto an embankment. They wade across a shallow river. The men, having reached their destination, stop to wash and wring out their clothes. Men removing their boots and socks. Close-up of socks being wrung out. A man lathers soap over his face and neck and washes in a puddle.
Production Details: War Office Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
SEAC Film Unit (Production company)
Hammond, R G (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey), 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
Indian Army, 33rd Indian Infantry Brigade (regiment/service)
Indian Army, 7th Indian Division (regiment/service)
Keywords: Sittang (River), Burma (geography)
Waw, Burma (geography)
Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Battle of the Sittang Bend 1945, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Burma 1942-1945 (theme)
British Army 1939-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 554 ft; Running time: 7 mins
Notes: By May 1945 XXXIII Corps had advanced down the Irrawaddy Valley, and IV Corps down the Rangoon road, resulting in large numbers of Japanese troops scattering into the Pegu Yomas (hills) and the Shan Hills. The 1945 monsoon broke in the first week of May and by June a large area around the lower Sittang River, seen in this film, was an inpenetrable swamp. A week after this film was shot the Japanese began a breakout operation, known as the Battle of the Sittang, that cost the Japanese Army 11,500 casualties.
Very similar material was also shot by Sergeant Hewit. For this, and other film relating to the lower Sittang, see related items.
JFU 278 (MONSOON PATROLS IN THE SITTANG BEND [Allocated Title])
JFU 281 (DELIVERY OF AMMUNITION BY WATER TO UNITS ON THE PEGU CANAL [Allocated Title])
Art.IWM ART LD 5617 (Burma - 14th Army: The Battle of the Sittang Bend. Men of the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment Making an Armed