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Description: (1) Free French Ship Aconit enters dry dock after ramming two U-boats while the escort for Atlantic convoy HX.228, 10-11 March 1943. The ship's forefoot is badly buckled. Vice Admiral Troup, Flag Officer in Command, Glasgow, goes onboard to inspect the crew. At the head of the dock is a large placard 'BON ACCUEIL A NOS AMIS ACONIT - VOUS AVEZ BIEN TRAVAILLE - VIVE LA FRANCE'. End CU of Lieutenant Jean Levasseur, captain of Aconit.
(2) 'King's Squad Marines on parade'. Marines perform arms inspection drill before British staff officer and senior US marine.
(3) Scenes onboard HMS Adamant: machine shop, welding, smithy, foundry, bakery, chapel. HA.MS from bridge to working space on upper deck. Shots of crew at work: cleaning boats, splicing, preparing sand mould, etc. Humorous sequence in which a rating carrying loaves from the bakery is knocked over by a careless but very much bigger man - a 'scuffle' ensues in which the smaller man ineffectively pummels his companion. End shot of periscope brought out onto deck supported by wheeled cradles, for testing and alignment.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Gaumont British (Production company)