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Title:HMS HERMES BATTLE STATIONS AND HMS SHEFFIELD HIT [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 4826
Other titles:FALKLANDS CONFLICT [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Battle stations aboard HMS Hermes; survivors arrive from HMS Sheffield, which is seen from the air.
Description: A very long shot shows the distant HMS Sheffield, hit by an air to sea Exocet missile on 4/5/1982- it is just possible to make out a plume of smoke from the ship. In dull weather, fully armed Harriers aboard Hermes are made ready and take off. A large water pump is prepared on deck for helicopter transport (to the stricken Sheffield, apparently). Doctors hasten aboard a waiting helicopter. A Sea King helicopter brings Sheffield survivors (walking wounded, in tattered garments) onto Hermes. Miscellaneous shots show Sea Kings and Harriers hovering above Hermes, a seagull disrupting deck operations etc. A Sea King brings a fresh batch of Sheffield survivors aboard, including stretcher cases and the captain, Sam Salt. Sheffield survivors board a Sea King to be taken elsewhere. More shots show deck activities. Extensive footage (probably taken on 8/5/1982) from a helicopter circling the abandoned and still smoking HMS Sheffield shows the extent of the fire damage. A figure is seen on the foredeck (Commander Rowling, dropped aboard to reconnoitre).
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 572 ft; Running time: 16 mins
Notes: Summary: footage was received with no documentation and little identification. Information is partly based on the recollections of the cameraman, Alan Fowler, in 1993, and on a comparison with television news material (see FAL 15444 and FAL 15499). (See also note to ADM 4821).
Remarks: the camera work is poor - almost constant aimless panning and zooming means very few well composed shots, apart from some of those of HMS Sheffield. The footage suffers in comparison to the much superior television material, although it has the technical advantage of being preserved on film.