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Title:SPECIAL OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE TESTING OF WEAPONS AND EXPLOSIVE DEVICES FOR SABOTAGE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:MGH 4323
Other titles:MAJOR C V CLARKE COLLECTION [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Trials with plastic explosive and a spigot mortar; railway engine.
Description: I. (In colour) In a quarry a sergeant tapes the fuse of a plastic explosive (PE) charge to a girder set upright in the ground. The explosion is filmed from a distance. The results are shown in close-up.
II. (In colour) A soldier carries a spigot mortar past a sandbagged pill box and slit trench. The mortar is set up by a road and fired, the front plate being thrown back, hitting the soldier on the head. The soldier is seen later, head bandaged, with the mortar. A close-up shows a spigot mortar bomb and time pencil fuse.
III. (In b/w) In a railway yard an officer unscrews the oiler cap on the connecting rod of a railway engine. He points out a part of the engine. A railway worker climbs on to the front to open the smoke box (continues on MGH 4324 qv).
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 59 ft; Running time: 3 mins (at 16 fps)
Notes: Part of collection of film shot by or for Major C V Clarke, MC while on staff of Special Operations Executive (SOE) Technical Research and Development Station (Station XII, Brickendonbury House in Hertfordshire), showing trials of various sabotage devices for use against Germans in Occupied Europe during the Second World War.