• Short Summary

    South African 'Springbok Sappers' ( engineer cadets ) in training and passing out parade.

  • Description

    Unissued / unused footage - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.

    Titles read: 'African Mirror No. 257 - A GRAND UNIT IN TRAINING'.

    South Africa.

    Various shots of 'Springbok Sappers' - South African engineer cadets - in training. They lay a bridge across a river so that vehicles can drive over. They then build a larger bridge with steel poles. Several shots of the infantry moving forward with rifles while under fire from field guns and air bombers. Sappers build another bridge across river - this one balanced on small canoe-style boats. Vehicles drive over.

    Sappers carrying poles hit the ground as bombers fly overhead. They lay the pole - actually a land torpedo - on a barbed-wired area and retreat. C/U of NCO lighting detonator. Explosion. The infantry move through the blasted area. More explosions. Infantry running over ground. They gather round their objective - a cave or dugout - with guns pointed.

    Several shots of passing out parade of the engineer cadets, attended by Deputy Chief of Staff Brigadier General Wakefield. The General inspects the cadets, takes salute during march past, and presents badges to each man. Commentator talks of the great reputation of the Springboks.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1940 - 1949
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:57:29:00 / 02:00:54:00
    UN 1201 I

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