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    8 reels of naval footage - some newsreel items, some unedited material. c. 1940

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    Reel 4. Man looks through binoculars. Men (possibly civilians) have inflatable life jackets tied by a naval officer. C/U of the men's faces. Man in duffel jacket looks through binoculars. Aircraft in distance. A man signals with flags on the deck of a ship. Man sends a message in morse code. The path of a ship is plotted on a map. Shots of various ships. Engine room. A Japanese flag is raised (not by Japanese sailors though).

    Boat coming into harbour. Anchor is weighed. Shots of the chain of the anchor. Dusk shot of boat sending light signal. Warships out on the horizon. Planes fly past, barbed wire in the foreground. Explosions in the sea. Puffs of smoke in the sky. Parachutist falls and lands close to a ship. Aircraft crashes into sea.

    "Nazi Bombers Beaten Off - Pathe Gazette" (no soundtrack). Convoy of British merchant ships steaming through the straights of Dover. German dive bombers attack the ships and are engaged with gunfire from shore batteries and from destroyer escort. Spitfires get amongst the German aircraft and engage them in dog fight. Good shots, mainly LS taken from the cliffs at Dover.

    "Bombed and Torpedoed - But Safe! - Pathe Gazette" (no soundtrack) Various very good action shots of the crew of destroyer HMS Kelly getting away in lifeboats from the listing ship which has just been torpedoed. Heavy air attack from German dive bombers. The destroyer is captained by Louis Mountbatten who stays aboard with a volunteer crew. Men raise their hats to sinking ship.

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
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    01:21:17:00 / 01:26:41:00

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