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Title:AFTERMATH OF THE JAPANESE BOMBING RAID ON TOUNGOO, BURMA, FEBRUARY 1942 [Allocated Title]
Film Number:BAY 245-4
Summary: Mute, unedited footage shot by British Paramount News cameraman Maurice Ford of the aftermath of the Japanese bombing of Toungoo, Burma showing bomb damage to the city and refugees, February 1942.
Description: I. Toungoo, Burma, late February 1942. Shots of the bomb damage to the city, charred trees, buckled corrugated sheeting, rubble and partially demolished building.
II. Toungoo, Burma, late February 1942. Group of men walking along a street carrying bundles on their heads and under their arms, bullock carts laden with civilians passing along street, medium shot of unidentified troops entering a sandbagged and camouflaged gun position and a looter carrying a basket full of cloth being marched along a street under arrest (identification from the cameraman's original dope sheet).
III. Toungoo, Burma, late February 1942. Refugees on a road outside of Toungoo. Bullock carts loaded with civilians and goods on road and by the side of the road. Long line of laden bullock carts on right hand side of road as filmed from a passing vehicle. Panning shot over large crowd of civilian refugees with bullock carts in the distance. Numerous portrait shots of Burmese men, women, and children.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 398 ft; Running time: 4 mins
Notes: Remarks: very unsteady camera work for the first 30 seconds of the film.
Summary: dope sheet notes that the cameraman filmed "the fire of Toungoo in the distance"; this is not obvious on viewing the film. The identification of Toungoo taken from the original Dope Sheet. Relates to shipment no 137. For the British Paramount newsreel including footage shot by Maurice Ford in Burma, 1942, see issue no 1173, IWM film ref NPA 1173.