The Combined Services are staging a special exercise to be given on three days to an audience of V.
REEL ONE. The Helicopter Assault Landing. Waves of five Westland "WHIRLWIND" helicopters bring in men of the 42 Commando, Royal Marines.
In the second wave there are two "WHIRLWIND" machined and one "SYCAMORE".
Various angles on this assault landing.
REEL TWO. In the afternoon the 42 Commando staged a cliff assault at CULVER CLIFF, near SANDOWN, ISLE OF WIGHT. Here a troop of Commandos, some 60 men are landed from "GEMINI" assault landing craft. Each craft holds approximately 10 men. The attack was made in two waves, three "GEMINI" in each wave. The troop then climbed the 250 feet cliff face, and later withdrew.
Close shots of men in "GEMINI" craft going into beachead.
The "GEMINI" craft arrive on the beach, the Commandoes land and start the climb.
Advance men make a free climb. They then establish ropes up which the remainder climb or are hauled. Various angles on free climbers up cliff face, then men going up on ropes, etc.
Various methods of climb shown later. ROLLER HAULAGE, a man carrying 90 lbs of equipment is pulled up.
BIPOD HAULAGE- a machine gun, then ammunition is hauled up.
A stretcher casualty is evacuated. A walking case is evacuated.
Demonstration of withdrawal methods good and bad!
1st a normal known as "THE DEATH SLIDE". Then all ABNORMAL methods of descent! "CRAB" - "FRONT SWALLOW" - "BACK SWALLOW" - "CHAIRBORNE" - FRIGHTENED RECRUIT" Men climbing up ropes, normal.
The Control Craft, a "DUCK", with commentator and the Controller, with flag.
Close shot of Controller, with flag, and the Commentator.
A signaller at the Control R. T. in the "Duck".
Further shots of comedy withdrawals; HOW NOT TO DO IT!
NOTE. Very poor picture material - nothing new - unable move from one position.
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Background: The Combined Services are staging a special exercise to be given on three days to an audience of V.I.P.'s and members of the three Staff Colleges.
Two troops of 42 Commando, Royal Marines are being landed by helicopters from the Joint Experimental helicopter Unit to demonstrate an assault landing.