• Short Summary

    A cadre from 36th Guided Weapons Regiment, were filmed at the Royal Artillery anti-aircraft school, Manorbier, South Wales, completing basic training with 'Thunderbird' missiles--first British designed-produced missile to go into operational service with the British Army.

  • Description

    A cadre from 36th Guided Weapons Regiment, were filmed at the Royal Artillery anti-aircraft school, Manorbier, South Wales, completing basic training with 'Thunderbird' missiles--first British designed-produced missile to go into operational service with the British Army.

    Officers and non-commissioned officers have been undergoing the twelve-months course to be trained as regimental instructors, and as equipment comes off the production line, each battery will practice with its own 'Thunderbirds'. The whole Regiment of 580 men should be operational in a year.

    At the end of this year the 37th anti-aircraft Unit, now stationed in Malta, will return home to start training at Manorbier. The second Guided Weapons Regiment should be operational by the end of 1960.

    The 4,000 lb solid-fuelled 'Thunderbird' - designed for the defence of the Army in the field against high altitude aircraft - is now finishing acceptance trials at Woomera, Australia.

    Low flying attackers will be greeted with radar controlled-electronically fired light 40/70 A.A.guns.

    The Royal Air Force, equipped with 'Bloodhound' missiles, is responsible for home defence.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9A6RFGLEKM1ZPOITS4OZ2H0B9
    Media URN:
    VLVA9A6RFGLEKM1ZPOITS4OZ2H0B9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/06/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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