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Other titles:REGIMENTAL BADGES [Allocated Title]
RED CROSS SHIPPING ON THE IRRAWADDY [Allocated Title]
SECOND BURMA RIFLES, BURMA 26 MARCH 1942 [Allocated Title]
Summary: Mute, unedited footage shot by British Paramount News cameraman Maurice Ford in Burma
Description: Magwe, Burma, 24 March 1942. Various long shots of formations of Japanese aircraft in the sky. Unsteady long shots of various aircraft in flight (Allied and Japanese) shot through trees.
Burma, near Leppadan (Letpadan) on the Prome Road, 24 March 1942, long shots of mortar explosions near a large tree.
Burma, 24 March 1942. Shot of a controlled explosion on a railway line, with small railway hut in the background.
Burma, 31 March 1942. Portrait shots of two British Army soldiers and their regimental badges. Ernie Beasor with a hat badge of the Seventh Queens Own Hussars (Royal Tank Regiment "Fear Nought"), and "Steve" Stevens with a hat badge of the Second Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment.
Irrawaddy river, Burma, 24 March 1942. Sign "8 C.C.S. "SS Mysore"". Casualties being carried to Red Cross hospital ship moored on the bank of the Irrawaddy. Casualties on stretchers being carried shoulder high down a steep dirt bank by four Indian soldiers. View of hospital barges moored on the Irrawaddy. Silhouette shot from inside the ship looking out through the doorway showing stretchered casualty being carried on board. View of a Red Cross flag fluttering in the breeze. View from the bank of the moored hospital barges.
Burma, March 1942. Atmospheric and beautiful silhouette shots of trees shot at dawn or dusk.
Burma, March 1942. Large plumes of dark smoke rising from fires, probably Magwe airfield; various shots. View from a moving vehicle driving along a deserted road in the direction of the smoke and fires. RAF Hawker Hurricane coming in to land. Plumes of dense dark smoke rising from fires, close shots.
Prome Road, Burma, 26 March 1942. Troops of the Second Burma Rifles moving through a town (possibly Prome). Two lines of troops moving single file though the town. Portrait shots of various soldiers.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 931 ft; Running time: 10 mins
Notes: Above stories relate to Maurice Ford's shipment numbers 149, 151 and 157.
For other footage of the mortars fired by the Gloucester Regiment see our film ref BAY 253-1-3.
Names of personnel taken from the cameraman's original Dope Sheet.
See also film ref BAY 253-4 for footage of the bombing of Magwe.
See notes from Dope Sheet written by Maurice Ford relating to the filming of the bombing of Magwe, film ref BAY 253-4.
For the British Paramount newsreel including footage shot by Maurice Ford in Burma, 1942, see issue no 1173, IWM film ref NPA 1173.