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Summary: Instructional film to encourage seamen to join the Submarine Detection Service, using actors in main roles, but genuine training situations.
Description: (Reel 1) Basic training at HMS Collingwood shore station at Fareham: flag ceremony, mess scenes, knots, gym, bayonet practice. Two ABs are persuaded of the worth of submarine detection. Talk of valuable work done by converted trawlers with fishermen crews. SD training at HMS Nimrod (the anti-submarine shool in Campbelltown, Scotland). "Mass procedure house" - training on asdic, mechanics of asdic. (Reel 2) "Rôle playing" - SD practice. Practical exercise at sea, using a real submarine. Relaxation - mixed hockey, dances. Graduation, posted to ship, action sequence, submarine is detected and hit. (Reel 3) On shore, in pub, two ABs hear how rationing is less severe, thanks to convoys getting through. The civilian must not grumble. The sailors cannot, of course, give any details for security reasons, but they are satisfied to be doing a good job.
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
Gee Films (Production company)
Ginever, Aveling (Production individual)
Slater, John (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, COLLINGWOOD (HMS), battleship (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Nimrod (regiment/service)
Keywords: training, British naval - specialist: submarine detection (object name)
recruitment, British naval (object name)
operations, British naval - routine (object name)
HMS Collingwood, Fareham, Hampshire, England, UK (geography)
GB, Scotland & Campbelltown, Argyll <HMS Nimrod Anti-Submarine School> (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 3
Footage: 2210 ft; Running time: 25 mins
Notes: Remarks: Quite well made. The film's purpose is unclear, it is in no sense instructional. Perhaps it was intended as an internal recruiting film that could also be shown to the public as a publicity film.