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Title:BURMA AND BRIDGE PROTECTION 19 MARCH 1942 [Main Title]
Film Number:BAY 253-1-3
Other titles:THE AIR FORCE AND MAGWE, BURMA, MARCH 1942 [Main Title]
MAGWE BOMBED AND GENERAL COVERAGE 24 MARCH 1942 [Main Title]
THE BOMBING OF MAGWE AND SCENES WITH THE GLOUCESTER REGIMENT, 24 MARCH 1942 [Allocated Title]
BURMESE FARMING AND OUR TROOPS MOVE UP 21 MARCH 1942 [Main Title]
Summary: Mute, unedited footage shot by British Paramount News cameraman Maurice Ford in Burma
Description: Burma, 19 March 1942. Long shots of the Myotha Hills. Various shots of Burmese civilians driving bullock carts along a dirt road. View over along the Ava Bridge. Cars passing the a manned, gated checkpoint. View of the bridge from a protective machine gun position. Various shots of a large Buddha, identified by the cameraman's Dope Sheet as Lae-Jong Ma Auh. Small herd of cattle moving along a dusty dirt road. Close-up of two large stone lion statues guarding the entrance to a pagoda.
Magwe, Burma, March 1942. Close-up shots of Group Captain R Seton Broughall RAF talking with Squadron Leader Olson of the American Volunteer Group (AVG). Close-up shot of damage to the fuselage of a Blenheim (?) aircraft. Portrait shots of the aircraft's pilot, Hugh "Gus" Adler.
Magwe, Burma 24 March 1942. Long shots of plumes of smoke from the bombing of Magwe airfield.
Magwe, Burma 24 March 1942. Long shots of anti-aircraft fire. Brief shot of a Japanese aircraft in formation over head. Brief long shots of Japanese aircraft.
Near Leppadan (Letpadan) on the Prome Road, Burma 24 March 1942. Mortar explosions by a large tree (fired by troops of the Gloucester Regiment, out of vision). Three officers of the 1st Battalion Gloucester Regiment, portrait shot of Colonel C E K Bagot, who removes his pith helmet to show its "Egypt" badge to the camera.
Burma, 21 March 1942. Burmese civilians walking along the side of a road. The shots include a number of children. Several beautiful silhouette shots of trees and a pagoda. The same pagoda in the daylight. Large herd of cattle moving along a dusty dirt road. Burmese man chopping at the base of a tree. Burmese man sitting smoking. Detailed close-up shots of the workings of a crude field irrigation system. Military vehicles moving along a tree-lined road. More detailed shots of two Burmese me operating a similar irrigation system, with shots of military vehicles passing along the road in the background. View from a moving vehicle of the transport moving along the road. Long shots of the moving vehicles. Vehicles crossing a shallow river by means of a ford, various shots. Brief shots of Indian troops at work on road construction (possibly the ground work for a bridge over the river).
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 1041 ft; Running time: 10 mins
Notes: The Cameraman's original Dope Sheet notes that the damage to the aircraft fuselage was caused by a cable getting caught in his propeller when low flying over the Irrawaddy river.
Above stories relate to Maurice Ford's shipment numbers 145, 146, 147, 149 and 146 (as noted on his original Dope Sheet).
The names of personalities are taken from the cameraman's original Dope Sheets.
For the British Paramount newsreel including footage shot by Maurice Ford in Burma, 1942, see issue no 1173, IWM film ref NPA 1173.