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Title:BRITISH TROOPS ARRIVE IN BATAVIA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:JFU 386
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: The first British troops arrive in Batavia, capital of the Dutch East Indies (now Jakarta, Indonesia).
Description: Brief close-up of a grinning man. Landing Craft Infantry (Large) (LCI(L)) 217 berthing. Soldiers of 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders stepping onto the quayside. Two sailors attending to a mooring line. Sailors on the bow of LCI(L) 136 hauling on a mooring rope. Troops marching along the quayside. More men coming ashore from another LCI(L). Men carrying kitbags. Kitbags piled up. Kitbags unloaded from landing craft.
Production Details: War Office Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
SEAC Film Unit (Production company)
Hewit, J R (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, Duke of Albany's), 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
Keywords: Batavia, Java, Netherlands East Indies (geography)
Allied Occupation of the Netherlands East Indies, Allied Occupation of South East Asia post-August 1945 (event)
Empire & Commonwealth (theme)
British Army 1939-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 140 ft; Running time: 2 mins
Notes: The Seaforth Highlanders had coincidentally been involved in Britain's first occupation of Java in 1811. According to the dopesheet, the men had been at sea in this landing craft for six days since leaving Malaya 'believed to be the longest journey ever taken by troops in these craft'.
For film illustrating the political climate into which these troops were being deployed, see JFU 385.