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Title:RADIO LOCATION (RDF) PART 7 : operational use of Type Nos 273M and 284M (4) in a cruiser [Main Title]
Film Number:ADM 2556
Summary: Seventh in a series of radio location training films describes surface and anti-aircraft detection in a PB Class cruiser.
Description: (Reel 1) Use of 273 for detection of ships as far away as the horizon, and of 284 as a rangefinder for guns. If the range is too great for the 284, the 273 can be used for rangefinding (using the L.18 panel). Some good shots of radar and gun crews at work. (Reel 2) 'Reconstruction' of the detection, pursuit, attack with guns and torpedoes of a German cruiser named as the Leipzig (see remarks). Good scenes on the bridge and ops room of the British cruiser, and in the gun turrets, and of torpedo preparation.
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
B T-H Research Laboratory (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy (regiment/service)
Keywords: command and control, British naval: operations room, cruiser (object name)
equipment, British naval - surveillance: RDF (object name)
intelligence, military, British - surveillance: radar crew (object name)
operations, British naval - preparation: gun crew (object name)
operations, British naval - preparation: torpedo crew (object name)
ships, British naval - cruiser: PB Class (object name)
training, British naval - specialist: radio location (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 2
Footage: 1100 ft; Running time: 30 mins
Notes: Cataloguing: from Part 8 onwards the titles of this series change from RADIO LOCATION (RDF) to RADAR.
Remarks: the 'Leipzig' action is fictional; this ship was torpedoed and crippled in 1939 by HM submarine 'Salmon'.
Technical: film was catalogued after viewing a 16mm print; a 35mm print (4 reels, 3000 ft) is also held.