• Short Summary

    One of Zambia's two Territorial Army Battalions recently went in to training camp beside the Kafue river in the Southern Province, for a two week period.

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    Roll One
    200 ft

    MS Blackboard - Sgt. Major Evans draws in sketch of dropping zone.

    CU Blackboard showing sketch.

    BCU Sgt. Major Evans.

    Various shots of supply drop troops from Caribou aircraft of the Zambia Air Force.

    Supplies dropped in wooden boxes attached to parachutes.

    Roll Two
    200 ft

    Various shots of supplies being dropped by parachute.

    MS Recovery of supplies and parachutes.

    MS Parachutes caught up in tree - Rifleman up tree cutting away branch to release parachute.

    CS Rifleman in tree. Pan along branch to parachute.

    MS Parachute released from tree and falls to ground.

    CS Detaching parachute harness from box of supplies.

    MS Commanding Officer of the 7th Battalion the Zambia Regiment, Lt. Colonel Bill Baker lectures troops on supply by air drop.

    MS Troops listening to Lt. Col Baker.

    MS General scene - supplies being unpacked at H.Q. Storage.

    Roll Three
    200 ft

    MS Troops Cookhouse - lunch is served by Company cooks under direction of lieutenant Quick Mandona.

    CS Rifelman's hand holding mess tin - camera follows through as lunch portion is served into mess tin.

    CS Cook ladling food into mess tin.

    CS Lieut Quick Mandona supervises food serving.

    MS General scene - troops relax and eat lunch after the morning exercises.

    CU Rifleman enjoys his lunch.

    MLS General scene - troops listen to Lt. Col. Baker lecturing on section battle drill.

    LS Demonstration troops attacking enemy position using battle drills.

    MLS Ant hill - Demonstration troops bren gun group firing on enemy. (Muzzle flash and smoke should be visible).

    MLS Demo, troops two sections attack enemy position from right flank.

    The enemy position - now overrun by demo, troops and have killed enemy.

    Bren group advance towards overrun enemy position.

    Roll Four
    200 ft

    CS Bren gun firing single shots. Demo. troops.

    CS Rifleman firing (PLEASE DO NOT USE)

    CS Rifleman Ditto. O.K.

    Bren gun firing. N.G.

    CS Bren firing O.K.


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    Background: One of Zambia's two Territorial Army Battalions recently went in to training camp beside the Kafue river in the Southern Province, for a two week period.The 7th Battalion the Zambia Rifles, commanded by Lt.Col Bill Baker is comprised of people from all walks of life.Average age of officers and men is between twenty and thirty years.Company Directors, Senior Civil Servants, old soldiers from the 1939-45 War, clerks, carpenters, businessman, medical assistance - all have joined to help form one of Zambia's main Defence arms.

    At this annual training camp the theory learned during the year in the drill halls is put into practice on the ground.Officers, N.C.O's and men go through practical battle drill routine - such as the section right flanking attack shown - nights navigation marches, the art of camouflage, rifle and machine hun training, fieldcraft, signalling, in fact all the complex skills required of a modern infantryman.

    About four hundred troops will have passed through the group during the fortnight it operated - not everyone could get leave in from their jobs for the whole period, but they came for as long as they could.

    Highlight of the camp training was a supply drop by the Zambia Air Force.A Caribou aircraft flew from Ndola over the camp site and dropped rations packed by the Service Corps, and attached to parachutes.Of the eight cases of provisions dropped only four condensed milk tins were causalities, and even these were not wasted - they went straight into the tea billies.

    Riflemen are seen enjoying their lunch after a hard morning field training.Standard Army rations included on this occasion bully-beef fresh vegetables, bread and butter, topped off with hot mug of tea - and then back to work.Afternoon's exercises including a demonstration of Field Battle Drill - off come the uniforms and equipment, and into that inviting cold water for a round with the medicine balls and a swim with their instructors.

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