OPERATION NIP-OFF: REPATRIATION OF JAPANESE SURRENDERED PERSONNEL FROM RANGOON [Allocated Title]
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- Title: OPERATION NIP-OFF: REPATRIATION OF JAPANESE SURRENDERED PERSONNEL FROM RANGOON [Allocated Title]
- Film Number: JFU 646
- Other titles: BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
- Summary: In Rangoon, capital of Burma, thousands of Japanese surrendered personnel board an American ship for repatriation, as part of Operation Nip-Off.
- Description: Outside a number of tents Japanese troops receive injections from orderlies and nurses. Close-up of man receiving injection. The SS Harold D Whitehead sailing away down the Rangoon river. Signs reading 'Ahlone Strand Road', 'Japanese surrendered personnel camp Ahlone' and 'Way in/Ana ka rasta'. Japanese surrendered personnel marching out with baggage. Alternate angles. Marching feet passing camera. The Japanese are counted onto the jetty. Walking down the jetty with the Harold D Whitehead in the background. Major-General Ichida, the wartime Chief of Staff to Lieutenant-General Kimura (commander, Burma Area Army), chats with the waiting men; it is raining. The Japanese personnel are ferried to the ship in a Ramp Cargo Lighter (RCL). The RCL comes alongside a floating jetty as others climb a gangway staircase. Stepping from the RCL to the jetty. Looking up at the gangway. Climbing the gangway. Japanese personnel coming aboard; a Scots soldier stands at the top of the stairs. Looking across the deck with a nameplate reading 'Harold D Whitehead' and Japanese personnel on the deck. Japanese troops eating from mess tins. Looking down on deck. More Japanese onto the floating jetty. Men walking on deck.
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- Production Date: 1946-06-22
- Production Country: GB
- Production Details: War Office Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor) SEAC Film Unit (Production company) Wilson, A (Sergeant) (Production individual)
- Personalities, Units and Organisations: IMPERIAL JAPANESE ARMY (regiment/service) Civilian Vessels, HAROLD D WHITEHEAD (SS) (merchant ship) (regiment/service)
- Keywords: Rangoon, Burma (geography) Repatriation of Japanese Forces, Repatriation (event) Post-war Burma 1945-1948 (event)
- Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W Sound format: Silent
- Technical Details: Format: 35mm Number of items/reels/tapes: 1 Footage: 469 ft; Running time: 6 mins
- Notes: Following the Japanese surrender around 70,000 Japanese troops, designated Japanese Surrendered Personnel, were retained in Burma on reconstruction tasks. They lived a miserable existence and about half their number were repatriated in the period in which this film was shot. The remainder were repatriated by March 1947.
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