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Title:GENERAL STOPFORD LEAVES BATAVIA FOR SINGAPORE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:JFU 584
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: At Batavia, capital of the Netherlands East Indies (now Jakarta, Indonesia), Lieutenant-General Sir Montagu Stopford, commander of Allied Forces Netherlands East Indies (AFNEI), departs by air to Singapore to take up the post of commander Allied Land Forces South East Asia.
Description: Wide shot of Stopford getting out of his car at Batavia aerodrome and he is greeted by Dutch naval officers. He inspects a guard of honour of the Royal Netherlands Navy. He is greeted by Brigadier Weston, commander 161st Indian Infantry Brigade. He inspects a RAF Regiment guard of honour. March past by a battalion of 8th Punjab Regiment. Stopford talking with other officers. Stopford with Sutan Sjahrir. Stopford and Major-General Mansergh, the officer succeeding him as AFNEI commander. View of the nose of the RAF Douglas Dakota transport 'Hermes'. Hermes with propellers spinning.
Production Details: War Office Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
SEAC Film Unit (Production company)
Davis, Desmond (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Stopford, Montagu George North (person)
Mansergh, Eric Carden Robert (person)
Sjahrir, Sutan (person)
Royal Netherlands Navy (regiment/service)
Allied Forces Netherlands East Indies (regiment/service)
Indian Army, 161st Indian Infantry Brigade (regiment/service)
Indian Army, 8th Punjab Regiment (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force, Royal Air Force Regiment (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)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 174 ft; Running time: 2 mins
Notes: Sutan Sjahrir was a prewar nationalist organiser and had been appointed Prime Minister in November 1945, though Indonesian sovereignty was not internationally recognised at the time. He would later fall foul of President Sukarno, the man who had appointed him, and died in 1965.
For footage of Stopford's arrival in Singapore, see related items.