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Title:ASKARIS ESCORT JAPANESE PRISONER TO CAMP [Allocated Title]
Film Number:JFU 153
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: A Japanese prisoner of war (POW) is escorted to a POW cage near Imphal by a number of African soldiers.
Description: A British soldier stands by the roadside opposite a sign marked 'POW' (prisoner of war); a tent is pitched in the background. A lorry arrives and an African soldier (an askari) jumps down from the back. The lorry passes the British soldier. A Japanese prisoner stands on the back of the lorry, guarded by two African soldiers, with two more following on foot. Brief shot of an African soldier walking up to a British soldier, probably a military policeman. The Japanese prisoner is escorted into a POW cage; he carries a sack on his back. Two askaris leave the cage and a British soldier closes the gate behind them. Sign reading 'POW Office'. Alternative angles of the previous footage; lorry arriving and passing camera. The Japanese prisoner, under escort, passes camera. Japanese prisoner enters the POW cage through a corrugated iron gate marked 'Identity Check' which is closed after him. The prisoner is walked along an inner path and through a second gate at which a British soldier stands guard.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 138 ft (approx); Running time: 1:32 min
Notes: Dopesheet remarks that this footage was taken in response to a request from the Assistant Director of Public Relations of 14th Army to the Deputy Assistant Director of Public Relations at XXXIII Corps.
The dopesheet suggests that cameramen and the film censors alike were sensitive to the need to conceal the prisoner's identity. This is probably in order to comply with the Third Geneva Convention's stipulation in Article 13 that 'Prisoners of war must at all times be protected...against insults and public curiosity'.