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Title:AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ROYAL OBSERVER CORPS [Main Title]
Film Number:AMY 108
Summary: Training film for members of the Royal Observer Corps (ROC).
Description: Opening sequence mentions radar but stresses the continuing importance of direct observation. Geographical organisation of ROC is illustrated graphically. Basic information given on organisation by ranks, use of phonetic alphabet, and 'georef' system. Distribution of post-observers and their relation to Group HQ. Detailed description of the techniques of aircraft flight observation and the method of reporting to the operations room, Group HQ Special mention of problems relating to low flying aircraft and mass raids. Scene shifts to operations room - use of plotting table and organisation of staff is described. Details of communication from operations room to RAF and between neighbouring ROC HQ. ROC recruitment, training and annual camp mentioned (this section contains sequences from AMY 113). Narrator stresses the importance of security procedures in ROC work. Film ends with mention of the Corps' role in World War Two - brief photomontage showing massed bomber formations, Heinkel He 111 bombers, and a barrage balloon crashing in flames.
Production Details: Air Ministry (Production sponsor)
Stewart Films (Production company)
Stewart, John R F (Production individual)
Barrowman, Ian (Production individual)
Seligman, Michael (Production individual)
Timothy, Andrew (Production cast)
Phillips, Frank19011980 (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: None
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 2959 ft; Running time: 33 mins