ARTILLERY SUPPORT - 20TH DIVISION BEACHHEAD 5.5 INCH HOWITZERS [Allocated Title]
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- Title: ARTILLERY SUPPORT - 20TH DIVISION BEACHHEAD 5.5 INCH HOWITZERS [Allocated Title]
- Film Number: JFU 48
- Other titles: BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
- Summary: A battery of the 1st Medium Regiment Royal Artillery in action as support for the beachhead operations of 100 Brigade, 20th Indian Divison at Myinmu, Burma, where the Irrawaddy River has been crossed by British troops.
- Description: An Ordnance BL 5.5-inch Medium Gun fires four times. Shells are prepared for firing by the gun crew, the fuses are screwed into place and the shell is loaded and rammed home in the breach. A gunner works the sights and aims, the breech is closed and the barrel raised into the firing position. Ammunition is piled up and more fuses are attached.
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- Featured Period: 1939-1945
- Production Date: 1945-02-28
- Production Country: GB
- Production Details: War Office Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor) SEAC Film Unit (Production company) Hammond, R G (Production individual)
- Personalities, Units and Organisations: Indian Army, 100th Indian Infantry Brigade (regiment/service) Indian Army, 20th Indian Division (regiment/service) British Army, Royal Artillery, 1st Medium Regiment (regiment/service)
- Keywords: Myinmu, Burma (geography) Irrawaddy (River), Burma (geography) Irrawaddy Crossing 1945, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event) Burma 1942-1945 (theme) British Army 1939-1945 (theme)
- Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W Sound format: Silent
- Technical Details: Format: 35mm Number of items/reels/tapes: 1 Footage: 195 ft; Running time: 3 mins
- Notes: Dopesheet describes bitter fighting having taken place as the bridgehead was established, and the equally intense Japanese shelling of the beachhead. Sergeant Hammond had hoped to get footage of the 7.2-inch heavy howitzers in action but remarks that 'their fire is reserved for targets of supreme importance'.
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