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  • Calshot - Aka Training Pigeons For The Raf (1939)

    🎬British Pathé – The RAF train pigeons to send messages from aircraft, Calshot, Hampshire. Pigeons being tested by the RAF in Calshot, Hampshire. Full titles read: "CALSHOT" L/S's of a basket with pigeons being loaded onto and RAF (Royal Airforce) flying boat. Good L/S's of the large aeroplane taking to the sky. M/S's of a man releasing a homing pigeon from the cockpit of the aircraft. L/S's and M/S's of an RAF man collecting the pigeon after it has returned home, he holds it upside down and then and takes the message attached to it's ring off
    1593 Views
  • Carne Of The Glosters Home (1953)

    🎬British Pathé – Colonel Carne talks of his experiences behind bars in a North Korean PoW camp. CU Colonel Carne (for title) LV Empire Orwell. SV Glisters on board tug. CU shoulder flash "Glisters". CU Gloucester. SV Colonel Carne. SCU Colonel Carne. CU Colonel Carne. SCU. Carne speaking (natural sound): "A number of statements have been published in the press about the treatment of Prisoners of War (PoW)... ...Chinese methods of punishment are primitive... I am sharing my experience... but happy to be home..." I have gained and added pride in being British, and I have lost a little weight!" SV from tug, Glisters waving to people ashore. SCU PoW waving. SV tug "Calshot" pulling alongside. CU man points to relative, and preens himself. SV Carne walking through crowd supported by M.Ps. CU soldier being greeted by womenfolk. CU another soldier being greeted. CU Sergeant Major Ridlington with children. CU Captain Bill Morris and fiancee Rosemary Board. STV crowds P.O.W.s and relatives. CU Col. Carne
    1518 Views
  • Cuts - Out Takes For Pass Out Day In G 1356 (1926)

    🎬British Pathé – Out takes (rushes, cuts) for PASS OUT DAY in G 1356. The original story PASS OUT DAY. Shots are the same or similar to those in edited version of story.
    1522 Views
  • Ejector Seat Gets Rocket (1961)

    🎬British Pathé – A new design of aircraft ejector seat is tests in the Solent. Full title reads: "Solent. Ejector Seat Gets Rocket". Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire. GV boat putting out to sea. GV various groups of men most of them NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) officials on quay. CU the Swiss air attache Colonel Mosimann. SV Colonel. McIlhaney and his wife he is from the American Strategic Air Command (SAC). LV the aircraft Lighter at sea the rocket carrying the Ejector seat is fired and zooms up out of picture. LV the parachute descending. GV Ditto with the Dummy suspended from the chute. The dummy hits the water. SV the dummy floating in the inflated dinghy. GV dinghy with outboard motor going out of the rescue. GV Ditto as another rescue dinghy comes into sight and they head towards the floating dummy. SV the dinghy containing the dummy being attached by rope to the rescue dinghy. CU the dummy lying in the floating dinghy.
    720 Views
  • Grim Spectacle And Iron Efficiency (1927)

    🎬British Pathé – Army manoeuvres on the Wiltshire plains with tanks and other vehicles. Item title reads: "A Grim Spectacle & Iron Efficiency. The new Mechanised Army goes into action during manoeuvres on Salisbury Plain." Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire. Opening shot has a number of small armoured cars and motor cycles driven by soldiers. They are wearing tin helmets as the convoy roll through village streets. Dark footage of large tanks coming uphill towards camera, and rolling away down the road. M/S tanks and personnel carriers negotiate a country road. L/S of many lorries carrying soldiers stretching in long line in distance. M/S motorbikes and trucks crossing a hillside in the Wessex plains and lorries climbing a hill. Note: Item title missing. Some footage dark in places and grainy
    2026 Views
  • Highball Bouncing Bomb Tests (1943)

    🎬A ministry film documenting 'Special Weapons' tests on the wall targets at Ashley Walk Bombing Range.

    Over 3,000 acres of Ashley Walk were fenced off during the Second World War. Within this area many types of air delivered bombs were tested. Special concrete structures were built to assess the various bomb's effectiveness. There is still visible evidence of these structures and the scars remain from the largest weapons.

    "Highball" was considered one of the smaller 'special weapons'. These tests were using actual size casings but without the high explosive. The footage here is thought to be from late 1942 and early 1943.
    3951 Views

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