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  • Short Summary

    The Royal Marines put on a marvellous show in preparation for the Royal Tournament.

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    Devonport in Devon, Debden in Essex and Aldershot in Hampshire.

    Pathe visits the army teams who are preparing their acts for the Royal Tournament. On a parade ground there are some trucks disguised as boats moving about. There is a mock battle with smoke and guns fired. The losers hold their hands up in surrender.

    Next, at Debden, we see a man creeping around an outbuilding as if he were an intruder. The handler releases the trained dog, who goes for the man. The intruder pulls a gun and the dog attacks him. There are shots of the dog and man wrestling on the grass and on top of a land rover.

    At Devonport, we see an emblem of Drake's ship, and a large team of men in red shirts and baggy trousers perform their field gun race. The men shift men and equipment across a gap for a 'river' using a pulley and wire. They construct the field gun on the far side, swinging themselves, large wheels and parts across the divide. It is a great demonstration of planning, teamwork, agility and co-ordination.

    At Aldershot, we see gymnasts running on the spot. They are top army PT instructors. Some do front flips on a mat. One man performs at the high bar and to finish, we see a display on the high horse of the formation team carrying out their precision routine with split second timing, running and jumping in sequence from four corners to jump the vault. Marvellous.

    Cuts exist - see other record.

    Amendment June 2015: A visitor to the site has informed us that the personnel at the beginning of the clip are not Royal Marines, but in fact men and boys who had recently completed training at HMS Raleigh. The badges on their arms are that of a propeller, indicating they are engine room staff awaiting their first draft.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    01:51:49:00 / 01:58:27:00
    CP 553

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