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Title:WATERPROOFING VEHICLES FOR AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS [Main Title]
Film Number:ADM 962
Other titles:INVASION EQUIPMENT TRIALS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Step-by-step guide to the waterproofing of vehicles.
Description: Introductory captions point out differences between US and British practice. Opening scene shows LCT(5) unloading jeep and trailer into deep water to drive ashore; "a new wrinkle in the fight against the Axis", waterproofed vehicles can operate in 3-1/2 ft of water, for up to 6 minutes. LCT(5) unloads Dodge command car and Chevrolet 1-1/2-ton 4x4 truck. The Dodge stalls - during an invasion, carelessness in waterproofing may cost a driver his life, and imperil the whole operation. "The driver must realise that the vehicle entrusted to him is his responsibility." An indefatigable sergeant then demonstrates the right principles of waterproofing, using the issue kit on a jeep. After a mechanical check, asbestos AWC compound is used to seal vehicle systems and components. Extensions are added to the petrol tank opening, air intakes, etc. In between the various stages of the waterproofing process, the jeep is transferred from the motor pool to a bivouac (covered lest rain interfere), to the landing craft, where final components are sealed, not more than twelve hours before wading operations. Final scene depicts a landing - LCT(3) 340 disembarks jeep into deep water, LCT(5) 2438 unloads command car and Chevrolet light truck (as in the opening sequence, but omitting the stall). A 1/2-ton ambulance and 5-ton lorries wade ashore. "The sergeant has followed instructions to the letter, for he knows that he and his vehicle are a team with a real job before them. He knows too that by performing that job well, he will be protecting his own life and the lives of others, and doing a soldier's part in helping to speed inevitable victory."