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Title:ARMY AND NAVY ANTI-AIRCRAFT FORTS OFF THE EAST COAST AND IN THE THAMES ESTUARY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 1186
Other titles:THE ROYAL NAVY IN NORTHERN AND ATLANTIC WATERS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: General record material - the Army AA fort is covered in greater detail.
Description: LA views as cameracraft approaches an Army AA fort off the East coast. Cut to HA shot from one of the suspended walkways to the legs of one of the fortress buildings where they enter the sea, then pan up to show men passing along the catwalk. Another HA from the fort's control tower to two of the towers supporting 3.7-inch emplacements, panning left to a third. The 3.7-inch guns are traversed synchronously. MS from the firing control on top of one building to the 3.7-inch AA on top of another. XLS of a similar fortress. A crewman cleans the recoil cylinder of a 3.7-inch gun - he has paused in his work, the cleaning rag beneath one hand. CU as Royal Marine gunners remove the canvas cover and metal casing from a 40mm clip on a Bofors - the layer and trainer takes his seat and traverses the gun, the loader standing by. CU of a warning sign LOADED hung up by a gun position. Some of the crew play ludo on deck - the board is a large cloth weighted down at the corners by steel helmets and a 3.7-inch case. RM gunner prepares a 3.7-inch gun for firing - he checks the position of the power rammer, and then runs round to the left of the gun to act as loader. CU as a Bofors is fired off. The scene then shifts to a Naval AA fort with a view from alongside of one of the supporting floats with the sea swirling about. The crew wave down to the cameraman. The trawler cameracraft pulls away to give MS views of the fort before closing again to go alongside a mooring post - the boat's crew receive a heaving line and prepare to secure. Cut to view from the cameracraft again closing on the fort, which now has the minesweeping trawler Margaret Hide (FY.981) alongside, then a sequence shot as the two trawlers leave in company. CU onboard the fort as RM Corporal uses a large tripod-mounted rangefinder. LSs of the fort, seen first end-on to show clearly the wooden landing stage, and then in 3/4 views.
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, Margaret Hide (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, U4 sea fort (regiment/service)
British Army, U7, sea fort (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British auxiliary - minesweeper, coastal: Margaret Hide (FY.981) (object name)
defences, British - emplacement: AA fort (object name)
weapons, British - gun [AA]: 3.7-inch (object name)
weapons, British - gun [AA]: 40mm Bofors (object name)
equipment, British - fire control: rangefinder (object name)