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Title:FIRST TRAIN OF RELEASED INTERNEES ARRIVES AT BATAVIA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:JFU 585
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: At Manggarai railway station in Batavia, capital of the Netherlands East Indies (now Jakarta, Indonesia), a trainload of freed European and Eurasian internees arrives from central Java, with a guard provided by the independent Indonesian Army.
Description: A guard of Indonesian soldiers, notably armed with British-supplied Lee-Enfield No.4 rifles. Freed internees lean from a train carriage, which is daubed with nationalist graffiti ('merdeka'; 'freedom'). An Indonesian Army officer wearing a Japanese uniform complete with sword. People on the train with an officer of the Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL). Group of officers. Troops board a lorry.
Production Details: War Office Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
SEAC Film Unit (Production company)
Davis, Desmond (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Indonesian Army [NEW TERM] (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)
Recovery of Allied Prisoners of War and Internees 1945, Allied Prisoners of War Far East 1939-1945, Internment (event)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 85 ft; Running time: 1 min
Notes: This train had run from Cheribon (Cirebon), and had been organised by special arrangement between the Allies and the Indonesians. For footage of internees being evacuated from Cheribon by sea, see related items.