- Title: CF376
10:00:02 - 10:03:29
Male VO; CU male hands opening letter / telegraph. Map of 'New Britain.'
V'shots jungle "looks pretty doesn't it? ... But ask Joe Soldier."
V'shots Texan regiment preparing, loading into truck. V'shots as chopping down grasses with machete.
10:03:29 - 10:07:22
V'shots marching soldiers - marines; hundreds. "The tools of a jungle army" - trucks, bulldozers arrive.
Soldiers putting up tents. Chopping down trees; struggling across streams in vehicles.
"When it comes to jungle construction you can't beat a fuzzy-wuzzy" - v'shots of loincloth clad black men building. Racism.
Soldier climbs tree ( looks effortless ) - palm tree as telephone pole. MS soldier on telephone / radio. CUs of switchboard - soldiers operating radio and field phones.
V'shots soldiers washing Jeeps in stream.
V'shots naked soldiers - "The old swimming hole; bath, shower, laundry combined" - soldiers diving into water, washing / scrubbing clothes.
10:07:22 - 10:11:56
V'shots soldiers eating / being fed. Overhead shots of "Canvas cities."
Morning wake up call / fanfare. Soldier washing using helmet. Maps - illustration of planned attack / invasion. Unit leader talking to soldiers. V'shots of soldiers checking weapons and equipment - soldiers practising; artillery, flame thrower.
V'shots "native fighters or 'Bongs'" - black soldiers. Simulated fight scene - soldiers ducking into jungle growth and shooting; being shot at. V'shots ships, rubber boats - "full dress rehearsal" for landing. Amphibious tanks - "Alligator and Buffalo."
10:11:56 - 10:15:57
V'shots soldiers listening to the General talking. ( dubbed ).
Montage of shots superimposed on journal pages; pencil writes 'Embarcation!'
V'shots soldiers / troops loading, packing, checking. "This is it."
Commander in Chief, General MacArthur and General McKruger talking, smiling, shaking hands.
"This is goodbye and good luck."
MS soldier waves as tank passes. V'shots amphibious tanks moving through sea towards large 'mother ship.' Soldiers climbing up net into ship, rubber boats being loaded into destroyer.
10:15:57 - 10:18:25
Convoy on the way - v'shots soldiers on board; eating, cleaning, sharpening machete, last minute checks on weapons.
"Daily ammunition to fight malaria" - soldiers taking pills ( thrown into mouth ). Last minute instructions / briefing - maps, soldiers looking on.
Nice series of shots of soldiers occupying time on board ship - silhouette of man playing mouth organ, reading magazines, smoking pipes and cigarettes, reading letters.
10:18:25 - 10:22:38
"D-Day." Series of explosions / gun fire / artillery - the first assault waves. Shooting at plane, rockets / explosions on beach. V'shots soldiers packed into landing craft / boats. V'shots American air force firing including aerials over jungle - propaganda leaflets dropped.
Soldier's injury being attended to / patched "First casualty." V'shots devastated shoreline - landing vehicles and soldiers moving in. Snipers - one soldier hit. V'shots as they move carefully through jungle - hiding, shooting, advancing, machine guns, explosions. V'shots dead Japanese soldiers.
Troops marching / advancing through jungle. Preparing for counter attacks - digging, beach guns, camouflage.
Field switchboard / telephone being operated "communication keeps pace with combat" Soldier by palm tree talking on telephone.
V'shots supplies dropped from airplanes.
V'shots water being processed into drinking water - machinery - soldiers drinking "the taste of chlorine."
Soldiers running through jungle, enemy planes overhead - bombs dropped, gunfire, men in trenches. V'shots of devastated surgical tent "direct hit." Wounded soldiers being attended to and moved around.
10:26:30 - 10:29:09
Soldiers looking at map, soldier writing CU 'mission accomplished.'
Christmas day - v'shots last mass, communion being given. Hundreds of soldiers loading into ships - v'shots as packing up and preparing. Huge ships.
Nice LA shot of sailor communicating in semaphore.
10:29:09 - 10:33:44
V'shots 1st assault - gunfire and explosions. MS soldiers smiling up at air force as flies overhead. Series of aerials as bombs dropped / explode.
V'shots int and ext planes shooting / gun fire.
10:33:44 - 10:37:33
First waves of Higgins boats; soldiers landing and moving through thick jungle. PROPAGANDA: " Not ghosts from Pearl Harbour but American boys - Tom, Dick and Johnny. The boys who used to play baseball in the vacant lot on Saturday afternoons, the youngsters who drove jalopies and sang the popular songs. You may have wondered sometimes if they'd ever amount to anything. Well, here they are giving everything they've got!"
Gunfire, soldiers drop to ground "contact with the enemy" - v'shots of gun fight.
LCIs - hundreds of soldiers advancing.
10:37:33 - 10:40:11
Dog to smell out snipers. Advancing and injured soldiers. Dead Japanese soldiers. Ms bazooka used, flame thrower, hand grenade.
10:40:11 - 10:44:38
vs dead Japanese soldiers ( many of them ).
More shots of soldiers advancing from ships with weaponry and supplies. 'Bucket lines' - passing ammunition to shore.
10:44:38 - 10:49:00
Putting up telephone wire,vs soldiers talking on telephone in jungle undergrowth.
LSs of destroyer Bronson sinking - shots of survivors floating, being picked up by another ship.
Rain in the jungle, man reading letter. vs of the thick mud - struggle.
10:49:00 - 10:53:41
Medical doctors / surgeons scrubbing up, performing emergency surgery / operation.
vs injured soldiers including "yes, an injured Jap; receiving decent treatment and a cigarette."
Soldiers moving through wreckage on beach.
Religious mass / ceremony being said over the dead, gun fire salute and burial.
Thomas Paine quote.
- Keywords:WAR IN JAPAN, WW2, WORLD WAR 2, PRISONER OF WAR, POW, PACIFIC WAR, PEARL HARBOUR, GI, SOLDIER, LIFE IN COMBAT, SOUTH PACIFIC, NEW BRITAIN, NEW BRITAIN CAMPAIGN, BATTLE OF ARAWE
- Master Title:CF376