• Short Summary

    South African troops receive a great send off as they begin their journey to war.

  • Description

    Unused / unissued material - dates unclear or unknown.

    Title reads: "African Mirror No. 47. Farewell and Good Luck!"

    Johannesburg, South Africa.

    South African soldiers march down a crowd lined street. People cheer and banners are out wishing them luck as they leave for Europe and WWII. The Mayor of Johannesburg takes the salute as the troops (wearing odd hats) march past. The troops are led by a bagpipe and drum band and the soldiers wear kilts.

    They march to the railway station where they begin to get on to a train. Only one or two African faces in the crowds. CU of soldier saying goodbye to young child. Soldiers eat sausages before leaving.

    Various shots of the crowded troop train carrying the men away. Their loved ones wave from a crowded platform.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:38:21:00 / 01:40:47:00
    UN 162 B

Comments (3)

  1. Unknown user says

    You mention in your description, The Mayor of Johannesburg takes the salute as the troops (wearing odd hats) march past. The 'Odd Hats' are Highland Bonnets. They have been worn by Scotsmen, for over 500 years. A large, flat, woven woollen item of headgear, marked with a small round 'thing' in the centre called a 'Tourie' The traditional colour of the bonnet was very dark navy blue, The Tourie was always a dark crimson red. The traditional size was 12"+ in diameter. Huge! Also known as a 'Tam O'Shanter' after the famous poem. Certain Scottish troops wear a bonnet to this day. In the desert they are tan coloured brown with a matching coloured Tourie. Prominently worn in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also known as the Kilmarnock Bonnet. Whilst at one time long ago, bonnets were made throughout Scotland, with mechanisation, this gradually reduced to Kilmarnock. Now the last company to make them in Scotland is located at Stewarton, close by. http://www.robertmackie.com/ Very warm in the winter!

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  2. schermanjeanpierre says

    This is the 2nd Battalion Transvaal Scottish Regiment leaving for North Africa as part of 2nd South African Infantry Division... if this is 1941.

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  3. schermanjeanpierre says

    After watching the clip I think this is the 1st or 3rd Battalion Transvaal Scottish leaving South Africa in 1940 to go to East Africa.

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