First pictures of prompt British action to forestall Japanese. Starting from assembly of convoy at?
Aircraft carrier: Swordfish planes lined up on deck. Swordfish plane takes off. Grumman plane takes off. Fulmar plane takes off pan to formation of about 21 planes in sky. Supply ships, etc. moving in nearer to land
Troops leaving troopship and getting into invasion barges. Troops leaving troopship and getting into invasion barges. Barges with troops leaving troopship. 9 planes in formation in air. Battleships in rough sea on way to Dago Saurez Port. Destroyer in rough sea. Deck of destroyer while through rough sea. Officers taking reading. Gun fire - bombarding Dago Saurez coastal batteries at entrance to harbour. Officers on bridge pan to ships entering harbour. Officers on bridge. Ships in harbour.
Marines on deck. Rear Admiral Boyd talking to some of his pilots who were released by marines after being prisoners. Two wrecks in harbour - auxiliary cruiser Bougainville and Italian merchant ship Somalia. German merchant ship Warenfels scuttled in dry dock. Planes on aerodrome. Damaged planes in hangar pan up to damaged roof of hangar. French sign on plane pan along damaged plane. South African air force planes on 'drome. South African planes on 'drome. Syfret saluting pan to Guard of Honour outside French H.Q. and inspecting troops. Conference in front of large poster of Petain. Colonle Claerbout sitting at table pan over to Syfret
French sailors marching away past British troops in foreground. Madagascan troops towards. Blockhouse with French 75 gun pan to British troops on top. Soldiers on top of blockhouse pan to natives past with white flags. French family on balcony pan talking to British troops. British troops resting - soldiers asleep. AIR VIEWs of British ships in port and dwelling houses on land.
Military - Active; Navy - Active; Aviation; Colonialism; France; Ceremonies - Military
Background: First pictures of prompt British action to forestall Japanese. Starting from assembly of convoy at African port, story includes crossing the Equator line ceremony, bombardment of Diego Suarez and mass landing by British troops in Madagascar