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Title:MEN OF THE CHINESE ARMY MARCH THROUGH HONG KONG [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 174
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Units of the National Revolutionary Army (Chinese Nationalist army) march through Hong Kong.
Description: A crowd of Chinese civilians is supervised by British military policemen who wear white webbing and armbands marked 'DAPM' (Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal). The crowd wave the flag of the Republic of China (a red field and dark blue canton with a circular white sun and twelve triangular rays). Chinese students wearing brassards or armbands with the same white sun emblem. A man with a megaphone appears to be conducting the performance of a song. Faces of the crowd. A staff car is escorted along a road lined with civilians by military police motorcycles. A crowd of civilians lead a procession carrying banners. A column of Chinese cavalry on horseback. Various shots of procession and crowds. A string of firecrackers exploding on the ground. The parade marches on; some of the troops are seen carrying heavy machine guns and their tripods, others with rifles and one has an American Thompson submachine gun.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 358 ft; Running time: 4 minutes
Notes: Dopesheet identifies the Chinese unit seen in this film with considerable precision as the 267th Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, 13th Chinese (Nationalist) Army. It adds that these troops had been first sighted marching over the hills towards Hong Kong by RAF Spitfires (presumably of RAF 132 Squadron) who were able to provide an accurate estimated time of arrival.
Security arrangements for this event were apparently organised by Wing Commander Miller of the RAF Police.