• Short Summary

    Charity appeal for Toc H - society formed to fight boredom and misery of forces overseas. c. 1944

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    Featuring Commander A.B. Campbell. Shot of a globe being turned. Commander Campbell speaks of Wales. He talks directly to the Welsh people: "I know you Welsh people are a generous crowd" and makes a joke about Welsh butties. He talks of Welsh boys in the 14th Army out in Burma.

    Army manoeuvres, soldiers walking through rivers, firing tanks. Bad weather, rain. Two soldiers wring out a piece of clothing in front of a tent. He then talks of "the Japs" - calling them "murderous blackguards". Shots of dead Japanese including one in the boughs of a tree. Men run along carrying stretchers. Men walk across bridge leading mules loaded with supplies.

    The Toc H organisation are doing something to relieve the boredom and misery of the soldiers in Burma. They are setting up "rest camps". Soldiers can get a cup of tea - A Burmese man pours tea from an urn. Soldiers watch some entertainment - a couple dance on an outdoor stage. Men applaud. The men appreciate a singsong, a cool clean bed, an exchange of ideas, a chat in Welsh and a glimpse of a decent looking girl! C/U of a soldier taking off his hat and placing it on the head of a girl. Men swim and play football in the sea. Commander Campbell calls on the audience to give some money: "Wouldn't you be honoured to have one of them sitting in that tip up seat next to you, cosy and comfortable and sharing your cigarettes? Well, you'll go back to a hot fire and a hot drink, and they'll go back to this..." Shots of warfare. Soldiers on the march, mines exploding etc. There will be collection boxes as people leave the cinemas. "Think how proud those Welsh boys will be when they find a new Toc H rest camp presented by the people of South Wales... Please do give generously".

    Note: Toc H was a society formed in England and Wales after WWI to fight loneliness and hate and to encourage Christian comradeship.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:29:20:00 / 01:33:19:00

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