• Short Summary

    ABOUT 60 KILOMETRES (37 MILES) FROM THE CAPITAL OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, EKING, IS THE SMALL VILLAGE OF SHAN SHAO TOU.

  • Description

    ABOUT 60 KILOMETRES (37 MILES) FROM THE CAPITAL OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, EKING, IS THE SMALL VILLAGE OF SHAN SHAO TOU. IT IS ONE OF MANY IN CHINA THAT HAVE BECOME CENTRES FOR THE TRAINING OF LOCAL MILITIA GROUPS.

    DURING THE JAPANESE OCCUPATION, THIS VILLAGE WAS THE CENTRE OF A CHINESE COMMUNIST MILITIA ORGANISATION TRAINED TO FIGHT AGAINST THE INVADERS. NEARLY TWENTY-ONE KILOMETRES (13 MILES) OR UNDERGROUND TUNNELS RADIATE OUT FROM HERE TO NEIGHBORING VILLAGES.

    THE VILLAGERS STILL MAINTAIN A MUSEUM DISPLAYING CAPTURED JAPANESE ARMS AND AMERICAN-MADE EQUIPMENT. THE ENTRANCE TO THE MUSEUM IS THROUGH A NARROW UNDERGROUND PASSAGEWAY WHERE THE COMMUNIST MILITIA GROUPS HID WHEN JAPANESE OR KUOMINTANG FORCES WERE NEAR THE VILLAGE.

    IN SHAM SHAO TOU THERE ARE 188 MEMBERS OF THE VILLAGE MILITIA GROUP. 96 OF THEM ARE WOMEN. VILLAGERS TAKE A COURSE IN MILITARY TRAINING THREE OF FOUR TIMES A YEAR. ON THIS FILM, ONE OF THE WOMEN SHOWN PRACTISING ON THE RIFLE RANGE HIT EIGHT TARGETS WITH EIGHT BULLETS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADE01B4YVR0QC8XWTAGR8KD7Q4
    Media URN:
    VLVADE01B4YVR0QC8XWTAGR8KD7Q4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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