Lovely item showing British servicemen and women at rest camp in Belgium.
Unissued / unused material.
Army rest camp at Blankenberge, Belgium.
Various shots queue of British servicemen and servicewomen. An ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) hands out towels to the queue. The queue moves towards building with banner hanging above entrance: "Welcome to Blankenberge Summer Leave Centre".
Good shots soldiers in splashing about in the sea. M/S children paddling on the beach. Various shots soldiers relaxing on deckchairs, other soldiers dry off with towels. L/S NAAFI sign on side of building. C/U sign: "Mines Cleared". Various shots boisterous crowd of servicemen and servicewomen entering the "NAAFI 21 dance club".
Various great shots of dance floor: servicemen, servicewomen and civilian women dance in front of big band. M/S group of soldiers and servicewomen relaxing on sofas. M/S group of soldiers drinking pints of beer.
L/S beach. M/S solders playing with beach ball with some girls in bikinis. M/S same soldiers playing football in the sand. M/S ATS handing some army issue swimming trunks to a chubby soldiers - he looks disappointed as the trunks a far too small for him. Various shots of entertainment show for soldiers on beach: we see a Charlie Chaplain impersonator and two girls dancing. Various C/Us crowd of soldiers and servicemen. Nice shot row of British soldiers on deckchairs.
NAAFI = Navy Army and Air Force Institutes.