• Short Summary

    MALAWI SOLDIERS, WHO ARE NORMALLY STATIONED WITH D COMPANY AT ZOMBA, HAVE BEEN ON EXERCISE ON THE 10,000 FOOT HIGH (3,000 METRE) MLANJE MOUNTAIN. 58 SOLDIERS TOOK PART IN THE EXERCISE, LED BY CAPTAIN CANYON.

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    MLANJE MOUNTAIN; TROOPS MARCHING THROUGH THE RAIN.




    Initials AA/V/JF/BB



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: MALAWI SOLDIERS, WHO ARE NORMALLY STATIONED WITH D COMPANY AT ZOMBA, HAVE BEEN ON EXERCISE ON THE 10,000 FOOT HIGH (3,000 METRE) MLANJE MOUNTAIN. 58 SOLDIERS TOOK PART IN THE EXERCISE, LED BY CAPTAIN CANYON.

    EACH MAN HAD TO CARRY HIS FOOD AND SLEEPING BLANKET, AS WELL AS HIS NORMAL EQUIPMENT. THE MEN MARCHED FROM ZOMBA TO THE MOUNTAIN. ON THE FIRST DAY THEY COVERED 14 MILES (23 KMS) AND ON THE SECOND THEY COVERED 22 MILES (55 KMS). IN THE WHOLE FIVE DAYS OF THE EXERCISE THEY MARCHED A TOTAL OF 70 MILES (113 KMS).

    BUT THE EXERCISE WAS MORE THAN A HARD MARCH, THE MEN HAD TO CONTEND WITH THE SWOLLEN RIVERS AND SOGGY GROUND OF THE RAINY SEASON, AND MANY OF THE RIVERS HAD TO BE CROSSED WITH ROPES.

    CAPTAIN CANYON, WHO LED THE SOLDIERS, SAID THAT PART OF THE EXERCISE WAS TO SHOW PEOPLE THAT THE MLANJE MOUNTAIN WAS NOT THE FORBIDDING PLACE THAT SOME PEOPLE BELIEVED. ANOTHER ASPECT, HE SAID, WAS TO CREATE A FAVOURABLE IMPRESSION WITH THE LOCAL PEOPLE WHO SOMETIMES REGARDED THE ARMY WITH DISTRUST.

    THROUGHOUT THEIR FIVE-DAY MARCH, THE SOLDIERS WERE IN RADIO CONTACT WITH ZOMBA. WHEN THEY RETURNED TO THE BASE THE YOUNG MEN OF THE MALAWI ARMY LOOKED FIT AND WELL, DESPITE THEIR TRIALS IN POURING RAIN AND BURNING SUNSHINE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAMNLVL1RIMYR9P03U1V9GL733
    Media URN:
    VLVAMNLVL1RIMYR9P03U1V9GL733
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/02/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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