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Title:BRITISH PARAMOUNT NEWS STORIES (JULY AND NOVEMBER 1940) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 427
Other titles:CONVOY HX.84 REACHES BRITAIN AFTER THE 'JERVIS BAY' ENGAGEMENT [Alternative Title]
Summary: Convoy HX.84 reaches Britain after a close encounter with the German raider Admiral Scheer and the famous defence by the auxiliary cruiser Jervis Bay. A second episode shows a German air attack on British destroyers off the South Coast.
Description: I. 'Epic of the "Jervis Bay"'. Convoy HX.84 reaches Liverpool, November 1940. In addition to various shots of individual vessels, there is a group shot of the Captain and officers of the Erodona, gun crew on the Oil Reliance, and an interview with the Captain and two nurses of the Rangitiki. The episode concludes with a general view of a convoy at sea.
II. 'Air Battle Over Channel'. Photographed "at great personal risk" by J F Gemmell, this episode, filmed entirely in long shot, shows an attack by German aircraft on six British destroyers steaming just off the South Coast. Bombs burst around a destroyer which turns hard a'starboard to evade its attacker. The ships put up flak and the cameraman holds on one of the aircraft which slowly descends, trailing smoke, to ditch into the sea. A parachute drifts down to hit the sea near a trawler. The attack over, the destroyers depart in line ahead.
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
British Paramount News (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: German War Navy, Admiral Scheer (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Jervis Bay (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Convoy HX.84 (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British civilian - tanker: Atheltemplar (object name)
ships, British civilian - tanker: James J Maguire (object name)
ships, British civilian - tanker: Erodona (object name)
ships, British civilian - tanker: Oil Reliance (object name)
ships, British civilian - cargo: Danae II (object name)
ships, British civilian - cargo: Rangitiki (object name)
combat, German - air strike anti-ship [D] (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 372 ft; Running time: 4 mins
Notes: Summary: the air-sea battle in episode II does not show any apparent damage to the ships involved. However, July 1940 was a bad month for British convoys in the Channel - German aircraft sank 40 Allied merchant ships, totalling 75,698 tons, and four destroyers - Brazen, Codrington, Delight and Wren.