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Episodes of the Royal Navy, part 4, ‚ÄúColour Camera at sea WW2”
January 1, 1970 @ 12:00 am
Part 4 is entitled ‘Colour Camera at sea WW2’.
This one hour program features rare coloured footage ,all taken between 1939/1942.
Some of the highlights include:: the 1st battle Squadron with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean, and also the 3rd flotilla experiencing very heavy conditions in northern waters; the Narvik operation including HMS COSSACK¬† intercepting the ALTMARK; being on board HMS KENT and the ill fated Submarine HMS GRAMPUS¬† in the far east.
A massive troop convoy is filmed from HMS NELSON and includes¬† rare view of many ocean liners of note! You will see fighting convoys¬† through to Malta, which include¬† ‘Operation Pedestal! Witness the sinking of HMS EAGLE!!
It is not often we get to see footage of WW2 in colour! Roland comments that to his knowledge at least 4 serving officers did operate cine cameras during the war and this footage is interwoven¬† from the colour collections of two of these men, shot from 4 different war ships, HM Ships NELSON, KENT and the Destroyers IVANHOE and LAFOREY. Unfortunately both destroyers and also our camera man who had served in both, did not survive the war!
Our thanks to David McFall of the Maritime Model Museum of Monavale, for providing the film for us.