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Title:ROYAL MARINES PATROL ADEN AS THE BRITISH PREPARE FOR WITHDRAWAL [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 2005
Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - ADEN [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: HMS Albion arrives to help in the withdrawal from Aden. Onshore the Royal Marines stay on the alert.
Description: A small party of British troops, presumably Roman Catholics, prepare for an open-air mass - they are on the flat rooftop of a building on the high ground on the edge of the city and have a panoramic view over the flats around the port. A sandbagged OP has been built in one corner. A small table plays the part of an altar, and the priest prepares the sacrament. Cut to aerial view from one of a group of Wessex helicopters in flight over the desert - there are explosions on the range as salvos of MATRA rockets are fired. After the firings the camera-aircraft returns to Aden. LSs from the high ground on the outskirts of the city as Marines patrol the slopes below, climbing towards the camera. Cut to scene onboard HMS Albion as Wessex F lands on with a senior Army officer. The Marines practise deplaning from the Wessex HU.5s of 848 Squadron - the men are not in full kit, and the helicopter's engines are not running. Another HA pan over the city, and more general shots of patrol activity on high ground and in the streets.
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, ALBION (HMS), aircraft carrier (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm, Sqdn 848 (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Royal Marines, 42 Commando (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British naval - amphibious: Albion (object name)
aircraft, British naval - helicopter: Westland Wessex (object name)
operations, British military - withdrawal: Aden (object name)
Yemen & Aden (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 382 ft; Running time: 11 mins
Notes: Technical: underexposed and with a very strong blue bias
Summary: originally stored together with a black and white copy of ADM 3851, and presumably closely associated with that material. Unfortunately it is not nearly as well shot