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Title:TRAINING WITH CHURCHILL CROCODILE FLAMETHROWING TANKS (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 11-1
Summary: The cardinal features of the Churchill Crocodile flame- throwing tank are illustrated in this film showing the 141st (The Buffs) Royal Armoured Corps training with this new weapon at Eastwell Park, Ashford, Kent.
Description: One such tank from the Regiment's 'B' Squadron arrives at a fuel dump where its four hundred gallon trailer is replenished with FTF No 1 flame liquid. The Squadron's tanks, deployed in troops of three, practise firing sixty- and hundred-yard long bursts of flame on barren ground in the park while on the move. In between firing spells, the Crocodile trailer has one of its five nitrogen cylinders replaced and its two pressure valves adjusted. Examined closely is the multi-pivot link connecting the six and a half ton trailer to the forty one-ton Churchill Mark VII which carries the pressurised inflammable mixture to the flame projector seen mounted in the bows of the tank in the old hull machine gun position. Seen on several Crocodiles are individual crews' names, notably "Monty's Jalopy", and 'B' Squadron's 'Playboy' insignia, "Stop me!", painted onto a right hand side hull escape hatch.