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Summary: The Special Air Service puts on a fire-power demonstration for the Army Film and Photographic Unit.
Description: START 00:05:00 Unedited film shot in a pinewood outside Gangelt just inside Germany showing the SAS flaming dagger insignia and motto "Who Dares Wins" on one of their heavily armed jeeps. SAS men from the 1st SAS Regiment's No. 2 Troop pose for the camera in jeeps which have been specially modifed to carry a twin Vickers K .303 light machine-gun mounting in the front and another one at the back, together with a Bren gun on a pintle mounting on the mudguard next to the driver. Low-angle shots of at least four SAS-manned jeeps passing the camera - two have a three-man crew and carry a single rearward-facing Vickers K mounting.
00:05:35 Shots showing the gunner of one of the jeeps operating his twin forward-firing Vickers K machine-guns on their flexible mounting, firing short bursts of tracer ammunition into nearby trees and pausing briefly to re-cock the weapons. The SAS jeep heads down a woodland trail, stopping to fire its forward Vickers K machine-guns; it is accompanied by two SAS troopers on foot, each armed with a Bren gun.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Walker, G J (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Special Air Service1 (regiment/service)
Keywords: Gangelt, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (geography)
Allied Advance into Germany 1944-1945, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
British Army 1939-1945 (theme)
North West Europe 1944-1945 (theme)
Special Forces 1939-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 176 ft; Running time: 1 min 57 secs
Notes: Summary: The Vickers K gun, known as the Vickers Gas Operated (VGO) in British service, was a rapid-firing machine-gun developed and manufactured for use in aircraft by Vickers-Armstrong after the First World War. By 1939, most modern RAF aircraft were equipped with the Browning .303 but the SAS came to appreciate the Vickers K's lightness and high rate of fire. Consequently, its jeeps were equipped with this weapon, usually in pairs.
Remarks: Rare footage of the SAS 'in action' in North-West Europe although it is clear from their behaviour that these SAS men did not regard this photo-opportunity altogether seriously.