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Title:HMS EXETER RETURNS TO BRITAIN AFTER THE BATTLE OF THE RIVER PLATE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 1177
Other titles:THE ROYAL NAVY IN NORTHERN AND ATLANTIC WATERS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Newsreel items including the reception of HMS Exeter at Plymouth, the arrival of the captured German blockade-runner SS Uhenfels, and items relating to the Norwegian campaign.
Description: I. "H.M.S. Exeter Home". HMS Exeter comes alongside at Plymouth. Waiting crowds cheer her arrival. CU of Captain Bell as he delivers a short address. Churchill visits the ship with Sir John Simon, Admiral Sir Dudley Pound and Admiral Dunbar-Nasmith, C-in-C Plymouth. Crewmen tell of their experiences. Churchill addresses officers and men mustered on the quarterdeck. Views of battle damage on Exeter. Churchill shakes hands with officers and warrant officers, and is given three cheers by the crew.
II. "Royal Visit to Scotland". King George VI inspects Naval personnel fell in on a parade ground, and presents medals to a Commander, RN, and a Sergeant of the Royal Marines. Cut to HM inspecting RAF personnel - a pilot is awarded a DFC. King and Queen Mary visit an ordnance factory and go on a walk-about in dockyards - the civilian workers have to be restrained from approaching too closely.
III. "The King Inspects Dover Patrol". HM inspects men fell in on the quayside in driving sleet. An elderly rating hunches up against the cold - his companions smile. King presents medals - the second man has no cold weather clothing and looks rather unhappy. A troopship approaches the quayside and men disembark in heavy sleet. In a chilly reception area the King meets some of the men and chats with them. Outside, a wag jerks a loaf from a crate of provisions carried by a companion and holds it aloft for the camera. The King's party departs in snow-covered cars.
IV. "N.W.E.F.". Men of the North-West Expeditionary Force are issued with lined winter coats. Cruisers take on men and supplies.
V. "Nazi Ship in the Thames". Sequence showing details of the captured blockade-runner SS Uhenfels.
VI. "HMS Hardy's Men in London". Survivors parade in Trafalgar Square and are addressed by Mr Churchill.
VII. "British Troops from Norway". Troops disembark in Scottish port and are issued with new kit. General Sir Edmund Ironside and General Millhauser are on hand to greet them.
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
Pathe Gazette (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Dunbar-Nasmith, Martin Eric (person)
Bell, F S (person)
Pound, Alfred Dudley Pickman Rogers (person)
Churchill, Winston Leonard Spencer (person)
Simon, John A (person)
George VI, King (person)
Mary, Queen (person)
Ironside, William Edmund (person)
Millhauser (General) (person)
Royal Navy, EXETER (HMS), heavy cruiser (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Hardy (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British naval - cruiser: Exeter (object name)
ships, German civilian - cargo: Uhenfels & [captured] (object name)
ships, British naval - cruiser: Town Class (object name)
ships, British naval - cruiser: Arethusa Class (object name)
operations, British naval - movement: supplies for Norway (object name)
Plymouth, Devon, England, UK (geography)
Dover, Kent, England, UK (geography)
GB, England & London, WC <Trafalgar Square> (geography)
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: 945 ft; Running time: 11 mins