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Title:NAGA REFUGEES AT UKHRUL, MANIPUR, INDIA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 25
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Naga refugees shown tending a church garden and graveyard (including British graves), and rebuilding their shattered village of Ukhrul in Manipur, India.
Description: Naga women seen tending the grounds of the church at Ukhrul. Two men carry a church bell between them on a pole. Naga women tend the graves of two British soldiers. The name on one of the graves is legible - 'Lacey'. Shots including panorama of destroyed village. An emaciated child. A Naga woman nurses two infants. Elderly man retrieves a hidden store of food and distributes it to his family. Naga men strip bamboo for use in rebuilding. A woman sifts grain. Others pick through the wreckage of a burnt-out building for salvageable beams.
Production Details: Air Ministry, Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
Royal Air Force Film Production Unit (Production company)
Swain, J (Production individual)
Clot, Dennis Francis Emile1919-07-04 (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: Ukhrul, Manipur, India (geography)
Ukhrul 1944, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
India 1939-1945 (theme)
Far East 1939-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 240 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Dopesheet describes the Nagas as 'home-loving' and 'swift-footed' folk and praises their courage and initiative as scouts. Notes that many are Christians and 'staunch supporters of the Allied Cause' [capitals in original]. The Naga people are a distinct ethnic group living mostly on the Indo-Burma border in the Indian states of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland and on the border areas of Burma's Sagaing Division.
Ukhrul was recaptured by troops of 23 Long Range Penetration Brigade after resistance by the remnants of the Japanese 31st and 15th Divisions ceased on 8 July 1944.
No slates. Date on dopesheet 21/9/1944 but this likely to be incorrect. Sergeant Clot's personal log describes shooting footage in Ukhrul in July 1944, so this date more likely to be accurate.
ABY 11 (RAF OPERATIONS AT AND AROUND IMPHAL, INDIA [Allocated Title])
JFU 130 (QUEEN'S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS RESTING AFTER TAMU [Allocated Title])
JFU 179 (SCENES FOLLOWING THE CAPTURE OF UKHRUL [Allocated Title])
JFU 225 (ROAD LINES OF COMMUNICATION FORWARD FROM DIMAPUR INTO BURMA [Allocated Title])
JFU 230 (ROAD LINES OF COMMUNICATION FROM DIMAPUR TO KALEWA [Allocated Title])
JFU 90 (WAVELL'S TOUR - VISIT TO IMPHAL [Allocated Title])