• Short Summary

    Shots of Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs) along dockside, crews, working on deck, testing gun, leaving dock and taking a trip round the harbour and interviews with crew who give firs-hand accounts of battle fought against German ships in the English Channel.

  • Description

    ENGLAND:
    SV Pan M.T.B. no 122. leaving dockside, crew on board, down harbour; SV Sub. Lt. R. Saunders standing at microphone with 3 others, speaks. (Nat.sd.) CU Sub. Lt. R. Saunders talks. (Nat.sd.) CU Naval types, Leading Tele. Langford speaks. (Nat.sd.) CU Leading Tele. Langford speaks. (Nat.sd.) pan down to stroking dog at feet. SV M.T.B. No. 219 past (Nat.sd.) SV M.T.B. past (Nat.sd.) and out to harbour. SV Lt. Gamble talks, followed by Lt. Gould. (Part only audible) CU Lt. Gamble talks followed by Lt. Gould (Nat.sd.) SV 2 M.T.B. boats at quayside. SV M.T.B.'s at quayside, engines running (Nat.sd.) SCU M.T.B. No. 44 past (Nat.sd.) and down river. CU Naval officer. SV M.T.B.'s at quayside.

    SOUND EFFECTS.

    SV Lt. Saunders speaks. "Well I would like to say in rather a hurry."

    SOUND EFFECTS.

    Saunders talks..."when our boat got out side the weather was pretty dirty, unfortunately my men had a spot of engine trouble outside. Well of course the luck was turned, eventually managed to get into firing position on the enemy battle cruiser, fired our fish, possibly scoring a hit on the Prince Eugen, disengaging the chase by a destroyer but am glad to say we held out before going a second journey, then they made the remainder of our boats return to harbour."

    CU Saunders speaks. (Similar speech)

    CU Leading Tele. Langford speaks. "Well I don't know much about it I was too busy, there was a hell of a lot of crashing and banging around. The most I remember was the dog was like a drowned rat. We went out there and did a lot of business and we've come back and that's all we know about it."
    Background: Shots of Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs) along dockside, crews, working on deck, testing gun, leaving dock and taking a trip round the harbour and interviews with crew who give firs-hand accounts of battle fought against German ships in the English Channel.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADA8RXKUDC8LTKXFEKJ6MODD9K
    Media URN:
    VLVADA8RXKUDC8LTKXFEKJ6MODD9K
    Group:
    Reuters - British Paramount Newsreel
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1942
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A
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    Motor torpedo boat crews recount battle in English Channel Motor torpedo boat crews recount battle in English Channel Motor torpedo boat crews recount battle in English Channel

Comments (1)

  1. MikeAsh says

    First vessel shown numbered 122 is a launch rather than a torpedo boat.
    Fist speaker is possibly Australian Sub-Lieutenant R F Saunders, speaking about the action of the Channel Dash on 12th February 1942. He commanded MTB 44 of the 6th MTB Flotilla.
    Note the naval position of his hands, in tunic pockets with thumbs outside!
    At 2m 59s a good shot of MTB 219, which was commanded at that time by Sub-Lieutenant Mark Arnold-Forster.

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