- Title: GENERALS REES AND STOPFORD VISIT PAGODA HILL, MANDALAY, BURMA [Allocated Title]
- Film Number: ABY 82
- Other titles: ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
- Summary: General Thomas Wynford Rees, commander of 19th Indian Division, and General Montagu Stopford, commander of XXXIII Indian Corps, visit Pagoda Hill, overlooking Mandalay, Burma.
- Description: Rees and Stopford on the summit of Pagoda Hill (AKA Monastery Hill or Mandalay Hill) looking over Mandalay. Stopford wears the XXXIII Indian Corps badge of a crossed sword and trident with wings. The generals walk around the pagoda with a group of other officers. A thick column of smoke rises from a fierce fire. A group of soldiers (apparently men who participated in the capture of this feature) walk along a balcony. General Rees uses a telephone. A burning building. Views over Fort Dufferin with a pall of smoke. Panning shot across Mandalay. Pagodas in the city. A view of the monastery on top of Pagoda Hill. A fighter aircraft overhead is obscured by smoke. A deserted street. Two soldiers walking along an empty steet. Several buildings reduced to piles of rubble and twisted metal. View through a set of metal gates. An RAF Douglas Dakota transport aircraft flying at low altitude drops supplies without parachutes, possibly sacks of rice or other food. Other aircraft drop supplies by parachute. Shots of a damaged but nonetheless very thick brick wall. Jeeps crossing a bridge with soldiers on foot. An Indian Sikh soldier climbs a flagpole to unfurl a Union flag. Bomb damage to the walls of the fort. An RAF Republic Thunderbolt fighter aircraft makes a bombing attack against the walls of the fort. The wall suddenly erupts in dust and smoke. More views of the fort. A Hawker Hurricane attacks. Several jeeps parked inside the fort. Jeeps passing through gates. Some rather murky and indistinct footage of the fort under air attack. Thunderbolts bombing with explosions. Series of explosions along the wall. A drifting cloud of dust. More fighter attacks and billowing dust.
- Access Conditions: IWM Attribution: © IWM
- Featured Period: 1939-1945
- Production Date: 1945-03-20
- Production Country: GB
- Production Details: Air Ministry, Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor) Royal Air Force Film Production Unit (Production company) Woodcock, Sidney Leslie1945-05-02Flight Lieutenant Sidney Leslie Woodcock, service number 175562, cameraman with No.3 Royal Air Force Film Production Unit. Killed in action 2 May 1945 while filming from a Mosquito of 110 Squadron RAF over Rangoon, Burma. Buried in Rangoon War Cemetery alongside his pilot, Flight Lieutenant John George Buchanan (415744) see [http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2261432 accessed 24 February 2011] (Production individual)
- Personalities, Units and Organisations: Stopford, Montagu George North (person) Rees, Thomas Wynford 'Pete' (person) Indian Army, 19th Indian Division (regiment/service) British Army, XXXIII Corps (regiment/service)
- Keywords: Mandalay, Burma (geography) Mandalay 1945, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event) Air supply operations, Air operations over Burma, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event) Royal Air Force 1939-1945 (theme) Far East 1939-1945 (theme) Burma 1942-1945 (theme) British Army 1939-1945 (theme) Indian Army 1939-1945 (theme)
- Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W Sound format: Silent
- Technical Details: Format: 35mm Number of items/reels/tapes: 1 Footage: 946 ft; Running time: 11 minutes
- Notes: The bombing of Fort Dufferin and related operations for the capture of Mandalay were extensively covered by British Army cameramen. See reference below. Stopford incorrectly named 'Stockford' on dopesheet. No slates, date from dopesheet. Shooting date likely to be perhaps a week earlier. The cameraman of this piece, Flight Lieutenant Sidney Woodcock, was killed in action. He and his pilot, Flight Lieutenant J G Buchanan of RAF 110 Squadron, failed to return after a Mosquito sortie over Rangoon on 2 May 1945. They are buried in adjacent plots in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Rangoon War Cemetery.
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JFU 63 (MANDALAY HILL [Allocated Title])