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Title:MOTOR TORPEDOBÅTENE PO NORSKE KYSTEN [Main Title]
Film Number:ADM 213
Other titles:MOTOR TORPEDO BOATS ON THE NORWEGIAN COAST [Translation]
Summary: Norwegian film illustrating a raid carried out by a flotilla of Royal Norwegian Navy (RNN) motor torpedo boats (MTBs) against a German merchant convoy gathered in the fjord.
Description: Introductory speech, delivered by Prince Olav, describes the film as a "historical picture book" honouring Norwegian freedom fighters. The film is a compilation of dramatised sequences and stock shots, and contains no convincing action footage. There are, however, interesting interior and on-deck close ups of the boats, Fairmile 'D' class MLs. The film is anxious to refute Quisling's claim that the men conducting these raids were mere pirates, although the crew of one boat is seen breaking out a derisory 'Jolly Roger'. It is emphasised that the Norwegians operated from the Shetland Isles - old sagaland - and that they fought for freedom and democracy, many losing their lives in the course of the war. Popular support for these activities is suggested by the appearance of a local fisherman who provides information about the position of the convoy. The commentary notes that fisherman and naval officer have not seen each other for five years, thus emphasising both the hardships of exile and the enduring links between the sailors and the people on whose behalf they fight.
Alternative Title:MOTOR TORPEDO BOATS ON THE NORWEGIAN COAST [Translation]