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Title:17TH DIVISION'S DRIVE ON RANGOON - PRIESTS IN ACTION AND RECOVERED ALLIED PRISONERS OF WAR AT PEGU [Allocated Title]
Film Number:JFU 243
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Film showing a battery of Priest 105mm self-propelled (SP) guns in action at Payagale, and Allied prisoners of war, freed from Rangoon jail, seen after having regained Allied lines at Pegu (Bago), Burma.
Description: A 105mm SP Gun, Priest (M7 in US service) being reloaded. A gunner passes ammunition to another standing in the crew compartment. This crew probably of 18th (Self-Propelled) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (part of 14th Army's artillery detached to IV Corps). The vehicle is named 'Docking'. A battery of Priests firing with 'Docking' nearest camera. Vehicles on the move. Priest battery firing in dusty conditions. Two Sherman medium tanks of 255th Indian Tank Brigade pass camera; a wooden building burns in the background. Lance Corporal Watson of 9th Battalion, the Border Regiment, escorts a blindfolded Japanese prisoner. Various shots of Allied prisoners of war, both British and American, posing for the camera. Allied servicemen look a Japanese prisoner of war (seen earlier?) confined in a small cell made of wood and wire.
Production Details: War Office Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
SEAC Film Unit (Production company)
Wishart, Basil Ferguson1919-09-191997-02-11Sergeant cameraman, No 9 Army Film and Photo Unit, later editor of the Shetland Times. Obituary see Herald Scotland, 13 February 1997. (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Indian Army, 17th Indian Division (regiment/service)
British Army, Border Regiment, 9th Battalion (regiment/service)
Indian Army, 255th Indian Tank Brigade (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Artillery, 18th (Self-Propelled) Field Regiment (regiment/service)
Keywords: Payagale, Burma (geography)
Pegu, Burma (geography)
Rangoon Road 1945, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Allied Prisoners of War Far East 1939-1945, Internment (event)
Prisoners of War, Far East 1939-1945 (theme)
Burma 1942-1945 (theme)
British Army 1939-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 350 ft (approx); Running time: 5 mins (approx)
Notes: The Allied prisoners of war seen here were part of some 437 men still fit to march who had been force-marched out of Rangoon jail on 25 April 1945. The Japanese intention had been to march them to Moulmein for shipment to other camps in South East Asia. However, finding their route cut off, the Japanese cut these prisoners loose. They reached British lines a few days later and were received by 1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment, of 17th Division. Tragically, however, the senior officer of this party (a Brigadier Clive Donald Hobson, who had survived more than three years of Japanese captivity) was killed when a unit of Indian Air Force Hurricanes mistook the prisoners' khaki uniforms for those of the Japanese and strafed them several times; Allied troops at this time wore 'jungle green'.
For other film of Allied prisoners of war liberated from Rangoon jail, see related items.
JIN 66 (FALL OF PEGU TO 17TH INDIAN DIVISION [Allocated Title])
ABY 103 (ARRIVAL OF RELEASED PRISONERS OF WAR AT CALCUTTA [Allocated Title])
JFU 223 (ENTRY TO KYAUKTAN AND LIBERATED ALLIED PRISONERS OF WAR AT RANGOON JAIL [Allocated Title])
JFU 246 (BRITISH PRISONERS OF WAR LEAVE RANGOON [Allocated Title])