• Short Summary

    Christmas Island prepares for a nuclear weapons test.

  • Description

    Christmas Island, Pacific Ocean.

    GV. From the air, the beaches of Christmas Island. TV. DUKW's in the water, they are carrying supplies from the mother ship to the shore. SV. DUKW coming in from sea onto ramp into mother ship to get more supplies. GV. Merchant ship laying off shore with DUKW's manoeuvring round it. SV. Pan down on ship's rigging to show the set up to move large portion of pontoon bridge off merchant ship into water. SV. Man waving directions. LV. Pontoon bridge section being lifted away from ship towards water. SV. Man waving directions. LV. Pontoon bridge section is lowered into the sea.

    CU. Board reading "Welcome from Xmas Island". SV. Group of women and children, local inhabitants (two shots). LV. Pontoon on the shore line of vehicles on it. SV. Men push down runway tracks from the pontoon onto the shore. SV. Group of local children watching. LV. Heavy truck coming off pontoon onto beach.

    GV. Stripped portion of land with stores piled around and trucks laying about - nuclear tests site is built. LV. Distilling plant set up on trailer, men around. CU. Sign on trailer "Grapple". CU. Man at side of the plant turning on tap. SV. Man guiding hose of water into large barrel while another man holds cup under the jet and has a drink from cup. LV. Towards, large truck towing radar equipment. LV. Large tree with bulldozer approaching it - tree will be removed for clearing a site. CU. Bulldozer going into action. LV. Tree is pushed over. GV. Soldiers assembled for church service in the open air with clergymen in foreground. CU. Priest reading. SV. Soldiers sitting on trestles listening. AS. Cross. GV. Open air NAAFI with man carrying beer towards a table. SV. Man approaches table and puts down tray, others start to pour the beer from tins into glasses. SCU. Three men drinking beer from glasses.

    (F.G.) (Orig.D.)

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:22:00 / 01:02:12:00

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