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Title:BRIGANDS SURRENDER: CHINESE GUERRILLA BAND IN PERAK, MALAYA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:JFU 647
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: In Perak, a bandit group of former anti-Japanese guerrillas surrenders and disbands.
Description: Armed guerrillas standing at the roadside; one has a Chinese nationalist flag. Various shots of the guerrillas marching through the town. The Chinese Consul, Perak Secretariat and his British adviser Robert Grainger Ker Thompson, saluting the marchpast. Guerrillas. Brief medium close-up of a guerrilla. Seated guerrillas with rifles. They are addressed by Thompson. Spectators. More guerrillas get down from a lorry. Thompson and the consul seated at a table; a queue of guerrillas stands behind and a man in civilian dress standing at the table has a revolver in the waistband of his trousers. A guerrilla is issued cigarettes and food.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 163 ft; Running time: 2 mins
Notes: The Chinese nationalist flag is significant, as during the war there were various Chinese guerrilla groups affiliated to either the Nationalists, or the Chinese Communist Party, and this affected their reintegration (or failure to reintegrate) to postwar society. The cameraman's dopesheet remarks 'They should have disbanded in Dec. 1945, but due to a misunderstanding they took to the jungle and began open banditry in the Lenggong, Grik and Siamese border areas'.