• Short Summary

    US Army evacuates and destroys Tachen islands so nothing is left to the 'Reds'.

  • Description

    Tachen Islands.

    GV. Stores being assembled on beach ready for evacuation to Formosa (Taiwan). LV. Pan, mass of stores and soldiers landing craft off shore. SCU. Nationalist soldiers manhandling equipment onto landing craft. SCU. Soldier eating from tin with chopsticks. SV. Refugees walking down towards beach. SCU. Children with parents. SCU. Woman with baby on back leading another child, all wearing quilted coats. SV. Party of refugees, woman carrying a rice tin. SCU. Woman with child on her back. SCU. Child with mother. SV. Soldier talking to woman carrying belongings, child in foreground, & CU. Child with label pinned on coat. Soldiers hurrying along with equipment. SV. Gun being wheeled towards landing craft. SV. And another. SCU. Soldiers manhandling gun up ramp. SV. Family sheltering in a cave, & SCU. GV. US 7th Fleet at sea guarding approach to Tachen Islands. SCU. Lookout and gunners on ship. LV. Pan, Chinese coast line. CU. Commander Forrest looking through binoculars. SV. Landing craft approaching Tachen beach. LV. Civilians trudging through mud on way to beach, & SCU. SV. Soldiers helping old people over mud. Back view, civilians walking towards landing craft. SV. Civilians boarding craft. SCU. Old people being helped aboard. SV. Child being lifted onto edge of craft (2 shots). CU. US soldiers steadying child on edge of landing craft. SV. Landing craft on its way to parent ship. GV. From cliff top, landing craft on its way to parent ship as soldiers work in foreground - pan up to burning Tachen Islands in background. GV. Demolition under way as landing craft steam out towards ship. SV. Another charge goes off. SV. Signal being given to set off another charge. GV. Charge exploding. GV. Landing near parent ship. SV. Refugees aboard landing craft. SV. Landing craft nearing ship. CU. US Marine smiling. SV. Child being lifted by Marines from landing craft to ship. SV. Another child transferred by Marines. SV. Small girl holding crying baby. GTV. A larger landing craft approaching ship. STV. Chinese boy being hauled aboard by line. GV. Refugees on landing craft leaving Tachen.

    (Orig. "B") (F.G.)

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:42:08:00 / 01:45:34:00

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