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Summary: Informational film to aid with identifying enemy (German) warships from altitude.
Description: Reel 1: Description of the materials and supply routes for German surface supply ships (e.g. Tungsten from Spain and Far East) vital for the Luftwaffe aircraft production. Importance of correctly identifying enemy surface ships. Brief mention of sinking of Bismark to highlight good ship recognition practice.
Reel 2: Hull shapes help to identify whether vessel is a cargo ship or warship. Tirpitz highlighted. Leipzig features explained. Köln described.
Reel 3: Gneisenau described. Admiral Hipper described. Graf Spee class Lutzow and Admiral Scheer described. Narvik Class destroyers described. Converted merchant Sperrbrecher class ships described.
Reel 4: Tankers, minesweepers, and enemy convoy disposition/ formation. Beaufighter gun camera footage of shipping attack. Further convoy dispositions.
Reel 5: Battle fleet identification. Comparative speeds of vessels. Flak range of ships defences. Reporting requirements. Far East Hellcat attacking shipping. Ends with “reports in the morning brought results in the afternoon”...
Production Country: United States of America
Production Details: United States Army Air Forces (Production company)