• Short Summary

    Americans take Japanese base on the island of Saipan.

  • Description

    Saipan, Pacific. 1944?

    Title reads "Battle of Saipan! - Yanks Land on Jap Base near Tokio!"

    Long panning shot of American ships at sea. Several shots of religious service onboard one of the troopships. Troops and priest kneeling in prayer on deck of the ship.

    Various shots of the American battleships, landing crafts and aircraft carriers at sea. Planes are seen taking off and in flight. Various shots of the sea and air battle. Landing crafts come ashore. Troops disembarking and advancing on shore.

    Various shots of artillery guns firing, infantry advancing across field, explosions, tanks in action. Several shots of dead Japanese soldiers on ground. Various shots of large group of civilians, mainly women and children, walking along road. American soldiers carrying some of the children.

    Several shots of people rounded behind barbed wire. Various shots of heavily bombed airfield - destroyed hangars, planes scattered around etc.

    Various shots of the wounded American soldiers being attended to and stretcher cases being transported to ships. Several shots of funeral service for the dead American soldiers onboard ship. Line of coffins covered with American flag being blessed, before being dropped into sea.

    Map of Pacific showing location of Saipan with arrows leading from Saipan to Philippines and Japan. Cut back to shots of American infantry advancing through countryside. American flag flying from a tree.

    Note - several seconds of sound at start of item, then silent throughout.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1940 - 1949
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:25:12:00 / 01:29:13:00
    UN 1430 E

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