IWM film footage of Admin Box

Discussion in 'Burma & India' started by zeezee, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Great photos! The river photo is stunning! Cool runway photo too.
    Thanks for sharing. Did the whole town know you were coming? Just wondering how rare it is for people from elsewhere to be travelling around.

    Yes, they knew we were due. The further north we were the more attention was paid to us.:)
     
  2. zeezee

    zeezee Member

    I put some screenshots from the film up in my albums area for identification purposes. I will put more up in a few days - some of main dressing station and others.
    There's one that would be great to get feedback on - as I think it might be my grandfather Jack. If anyone can see any identifying things on his uniform, as that is not really anything I know much about.
     
  3. zeezee

    zeezee Member

    After contacting the IWM again, to find out if there was any information on the other reels they sent along with the Admin Box reel, I was sent the "Dope sheets". They are very interesting~! The second reel MWY23 is of "Kohima recapture" and the third reel is "Evacuation of casualties by flying boats. Location: Brahmaputra (N.Assam) and indawgyi Lake (Burma)"

    So the buildings that I mentioned in an earlier post are actually in Kohima.

    Hopefully this will be of interest to someone! Oh, and if you order the video - or any video from IWM - make sure to ask for the "Dope Sheets" because they don't include them, unless you ask for them.
     
  4. zeezee

    zeezee Member

    After contacting the IWM again, to find out if there was any information on the other reels they sent along with the Admin Box reel, I was sent the "Dope sheets". They are very interesting~! The second reel MWY23 is of "Kohima recapture" and the third reel MWY25 is "Evacuation of casualties by flying boats. Location: Brahmaputra (N.Assam) and indawgyi Lake (Burma)"

    So the buildings that I mentioned in an earlier post are actually in Kohima.

    Hopefully this will be of interest to someone! Oh, and if you order the video - or any video from IWM - make sure to ask for the "Dope Sheets" because they don't include them, unless you ask for them.
     
  5. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hebridean Chindit, may wish to have the details of the sheets, especially in regard to the Sunderland flying boats.:D
     
  6. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

    There are 3 reels of film with the Sunderlands, one being about 14 minutes, the others being clips - the tail of the sunk Sunderland and the other being of the recovery of the same plane...

    I'm planning to get them at some point but not checked the prices yet...
     
  7. zeezee

    zeezee Member

    They are PDF files. Can I post pdf's to my image gallery? I'd be happy to email them also.

    This reel MWY25 (about 7 minutes long) has a bunch of footage inside an aircraft, some dunking of biscuits in tea while on the plane, some cloud shots, for about the first two & a half minutes then soldiers in boats arriving somewhere, one being put on a stretcher after getting off the boat and loaded into medical vehicle, some train tracks, more airplanes - one that can land on water, arial shot of a town, inside some sort of shooting thing - (sorry - am not very savvy about these things) plane taking off from water, shots of planes from a village with straw roof buildings, some soldiers, a soldier writing something down while talking to someone, same guy receives medical attention, some more shots in the village, a guys tattooed back - more airplanes in the sky, soldiers talking, more talking, some smoking,
    more airplane shots, water shot with reeds, airplane on the water.

    oh also - when I asked the fellow at IWM if there were other Admin box reels, he said "There is a significant amount of Second World War material that is not accessible via the Collections Search database. Much of this is unedited, mute material shot by the army. " and he encouraged me to book an appointment. So maybe in a year or so I will go check it out once I find some travel funding.
     
  8. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

    That sounds like the footage I'm aware of from stills I've seen...

    By all means post the PDF's - I'll pm you too...
     
  9. zeezee

    zeezee Member

    I tried posting the pdf's to an album but it didn't like them.
     
  10. zeezee

    zeezee Member

    zeezee,

    For a woman's viewpoint on traveling in Burma you might enjoy Emma Larkin's Finding George Orwell in Burma. It is partially a travelogue so you do get a strong sense of place and people, although I'm sure much has changed in the country since that book was first published in 2005 (?).

    This book is great - I borrowed it from my library. Thanks for the recommendation! Very good visual descriptions, the decay and the sense of what it is like to visit and living there. And also some great insight into George Orwell.
     
  11. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron

    zeezee,

    I'm delighted to hear the Larkin book was of contextual interest to you. There are many arresting stories there with links to the past.

    Regards ...
     

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