• Short Summary

    Newsreel item showing British troops advancing towards Imphal, India.

  • Description

    Unused / unissued material - dates unclear or unknown.

    Title reads: "The Japanese retreat from Imphal and Kohima".

    Far East invasion scenes - India.

    Various L/Ss fighter plane flying over mountains, smoke rises in distance. Various shots British soldiers firing field guns into mountains. Various shots British soldiers talking into field telephones. Various shots soldiers advancing down mountainside. Various shots captured Japanese armaments. M/S two British soldiers sitting on tank. M/S group of British soldiers holding a Japanese flag. Various shots General Sir William Slim, Commander of the 14th Army (Bill Slim of Burma) and another senior officer inspecting captured territory. M/S Burmese soldiers with pack horses loaded with equipment. Various shots tanks and infantry on Kohima road in heavy monsoon rain.

    End title: "Indian News Parade".

    Newsreel item with English commentary.

    Note: Researcher indicates that the soldiers shown are members of C Squadron, 2nd Reconnaissance Regiment commanded by Major Kenneth Hook. The Squadron had just returned from some two months in the jungle during which time they had successfully covered the right flank of 2 Div who were recapturing Kohima. C Squadron had been tasked with capturing and holding Pulebadze (at 7522 ft, the highest mountain in the Kohima range). On return to Regimental Headquarters they were photographed by Pathé cameramen and, inter alia, happily received a hot bath from the Divisional Mobile Bathing Unit. The Japanese flag, which was captured during the operations, is still held by the Hook family. Major Kenneth Hook was awarded the Military Cross some months later for successfully commanding Hookforce in early 1945 when they were covering the left flank of XIV Army.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1980.11
    Media URN:
    61986
    Group:
    Unissued unused
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:42:28:00 / 01:44:43:00
    Canister:
    UN 1103 A

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