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Title:MANDALAY - SHELLING OF MANDALAY HILL [Allocated Title]
Film Number:JFU 55
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: British troops from 19th Indian Division advance into the north of Mandalay, Burma, and aid the attack on Mandalay Hill.
Description: Buddhist pagodas in the distance on Mandalay Hill. Soldiers of 1st Battalion 15th Punjab Regiment look on from traditional Burmese huts as the shelling of the pagoda on Mandalay Hill continues. A Burmese man hands out water to the British troops. Indian troops stand outside a traditional house drinking. A line of troops marches along a rough road. Mandalay Hill in the distance. British troops cross scrub land and pass a railway station number 080. Lee medium tanks advance through scrub land and throw up large dust clouds. 8th Battalion 12th Frontier Force Rifles walk along a road and a Grant tank passes them. Mandalay Hill is shelled by artillery and explosions and smoke appear.
Production Details: War Office Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
SEAC Film Unit (Production company)
Abbott, J (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Indian Army, 19th Indian Division (regiment/service)
Indian Army, 15th Punjab Regiment, 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
Indian Army, 12th Frontier Force Regiment, 8th Battalion (regiment/service)
Keywords: Mandalay, Burma (geography)
Mandalay 1945, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Burma 1942-1945 (theme)
British Army 1939-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 314 ft; Running time: 4 mins
Notes: Mandalay, Burma's second city, was an objective of great importance due to its prestige value and logistical connections, and was also the site of a large Japanese supply dump.
Operations for the capture of Mandalay were extensively covered by other British Army cameramen. See related items.