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Other titles:INVASION EQUIPMENT TRIALS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Trials of the Swiss Roll floating roadway at Portsmouth Dockyard, September - November 1942.
Description: The roll of floating roadway is lowered into the water from the dockside and unravelled. A group of men standing on the floating roadway struggle to raise the kerb sides. Men are seen walking on the roadway. Numerous shots of a lorry and a jeep driving along the straight roadway. The roadway is also tested under a variety of conditions - the lorry driving along the roadway laid out with a curve, the lorry driving along the roadway whilst small waves are produced by a passing power boat and the lorry driving along the roadway rocked by heavy waves produced by a Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) passing at speed. (The floating roadway heaves in the wake of the passing MTB and the lorry lurches dramatically but stays on the roadway.)
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
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: 319 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Summary: the opening captions give the dimension of the Swiss Roll floating roadway: length 212 ft, width 20 ft, width of roadway 7 ft 2 in and weight 18 tons. The caption on the film refers to the floating roadway as the mat. The roadway is of lightweight slatted wood construction.