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Title:MONSOON PATROLS IN THE SITTANG BEND [Allocated Title]
Film Number:JFU 278
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Infantry of 1st Battalion, Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) seen patrolling in monsoon conditions in the flooded 'Sittang Bend' area near Waw, Burma.
Description: An infantry patrol walks across an ankle-deep river. They board assault boats on the Pegu-Sittang Canal. The boats motor away. Men boarding. A file of men walk towards camera with a hut behind them. They get into local boats which are punted away by local boatmen. Men disembark at a post marked 'B-62'. A soldier bailing water out of the boat. A file of soldiers approaches a wooden building (a house?). Men cross a paddy field. Soldier pass a bullock drawing a plough and driver. Men crossing a paddy field with a tall pagoda spire in the distance. Men removing their boots and socks and washing themselves. A man scrubs his clothes with soap. Men queue for tea from a can. A soldier puts a cylindrical can, full of pale liquid, onto a small fire while another chops a bit of wood with a machete. A tall statue of a chinthe (a mythical Burmese guardian creature); tilt down to a number of soldiers sat smoking at its base.
Production Details: War Office Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
SEAC Film Unit (Production company)
Hewit, J R (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey), 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
Indian Army, 33rd Indian Infantry Brigade (regiment/service)
Indian Army, 7th Indian Division (regiment/service)
Keywords: Sittang (River), Burma (geography)
Waw, Burma (geography)
Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Battle of the Sittang Bend 1945, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Burma 1942-1945 (theme)
British Army 1939-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 476 ft; Running time: 6 mins
Notes: By May 1945 XXXIII Corps had advanced down the Irrawaddy Valley, and IV Corps down the Rangoon road, resulting in large numbers of Japanese troops scattering into the Pegu Yomas (hills) and the Shan Hills. The 1945 monsoon broke in the first week of May and by June a large area around the lower Sittang River, seen in this film, was an inpenetrable swamp. A week after this film was shot the Japanese began a breakout operation, known in Allied histories as the Battle of the Sittang Bend, that cost the Japanese Army 11,500 casualties.
Very similar material was also shot by Sergeant Hammond. For this, and other film relating to the lower Sittang, see related items.