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Title:WORKER AND WAR-FRONT MAGAZINE ISSUE NO 5 [Main Title]
Film Number:UKY 454
Summary: The fifth in a series of Ministry of Information "news magazine" compilations issued for screening in factory canteens etc.
Description: I. In the Northumberland coal mines, Jack Bower, an experienced ex-miner, has been jointly appointed by miners and management to help pits overcome production problems and bottlenecks. His work includes both "trouble shooting" (discovering the weak link in truck-couplings) and picking up the miners' own constructive suggestions - one man installing pit-props envisages, and is provided with, a dual-purpose axe/hammer.
II. A close-up of an old print introduces item on the revival of the ancient craft of charcoal burning. The old print contrasts strikingly with new methods - portable iron kilns have replaced turf, etc. Film gives some idea of uses for charcoal - steel, fuses, explosives etc.
III. Lengthy coverage of a sortie by Bristol Beaufighters in North Africa includes quite good film of the preparation of the aircraft (loading etc.) and of strafing attacks on a ship at sea and an enemy column in the desert.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Paul Rotha Productions (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Bower, Jack (person)
British Army (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - combat: Bristol Beaufighter (object name)
combat, British - air strike (object name)
combat, British - air strike anti-ship (object name)
economics, British national - employment (object name)
industry, British - general (object name)
industry, British - primary: coal mining (object name)
operations, British air - preparation (object name)
North Africa (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 2
Footage: 1130 ft; Running time: 12 mins