5TH INDIAN DIVISION ADVANCE BEYOND TIDDIM (23/10/1944)
This film is held by the Imperial War Museum (ID: JFU 121).
A sign reads "Tiddim Bye-Pass (sic). Through Traffic". Indian troops with rifles, picks and shovels walk along a jungle-lined road. Jeeps laden with men and supplies drive along the same road. More jeeps and trucks moving. Trucks pass a bulldozer operated by 705th Section 652nd Company Indian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers clears the road two miles south of Tiddim. Troops walk past the bulldozer. Close-up of the blade of the vehicle and a close-up of the Indian driver who carries three Lee…
A sign reads "Tiddim Bye-Pass (sic). Through Traffic". Indian troops with rifles, picks and shovels walk along a jungle-lined road. Jeeps laden with men and supplies drive along the same road. More jeeps and trucks moving. Trucks pass a bulldozer operated by 705th Section 652nd Company Indian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers clears the road two miles south of Tiddim. Troops walk past the bulldozer. Close-up of the blade of the vehicle and a close-up of the Indian driver who carries three Lee Enfield rifles on the seat next to him. A convoy of three jeeps negotiate the road. A mule train. Battery Sergeant Major (the equivalent of a company sergeant major) George Margrett of 351st Anti-Tank Battery Royal Artillery uses a pick to dig in for the night. A derelict Japanese truck (it looks as if the engine has been badly damaged) is picked over by an Indian soldier wearing a turban. A mule is led down a very steep slope to a road; the mule carries cans of water. A jeep parked on the road next to a Japanese truck which has been tipped over. More derelict Japanese vehicles; they have had their engines destroyed. A jeep passes with a Sikh driver. Close-up of the damaged engine of one of the trucks. A Japanese helmet lies inside the truck. A Japanese staff car is burnt out on the roadside; the driver lies dead in the car. Close-up of the driver; his body is mostly in shadow; only his arm and leg can be seen but the body is swarming with flies. Front view of the car. Another close-up of the body. Major A R Becher commanding officer of 351st Anti-Tank Battery 56th Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery looks at Kennedy Peak - their next objective - through binoculars. Another wrecked truck on the road. Kennedy Peak in the distance. Two soldiers, Lance Bombardier L Chambers and Bombardier R W Harding, look at the Peak and point out various features.
Soldiers of 2nd Battalion East Lancashire Regiment walk past a wrecked bullock cart. Soldiers walk in one direction as wounded soldiers are carried in the other direction on stretchers. From the other side of the road another stretcher case passes. Men wait, crouched in the jungle. One loads a magazine onto a Bren gun. A column of soldiers walks through the jungle. Soldiers of Royal Indian Army Service Corps manhandle a bullock cart, pulled by two bullocks, over a railway line. The cart is full of supplies and ammunition. The cart, pulled by the two bullocks, is guided by a man standing on the shafts of the cart wielding a whip. Other men push and pull the cart on either side. The men help push the cart up a very steep slope. A Japanese soldier, wounded in night action against the East Lancashire Regiment, is given first aid. Close-up of the Japanese man's face as he grimaces in pain. The injured man is given water from a canteen and is then carried off on a stretcher. A Japanese prisoner is escorted by two soldiers wearing tin hats. A corporal goes through the pockets of a dead Japanese soldier. Close-up of another Japanese soldier with his hood over his head. Three British soldiers gather around a Japanese prisoner and appear to question him.
5th Indian Division advance beyond Tiddim, Burma, after taking the town from the Japanese.
On 8 July 1944 the Japanese Army finally abandoned its attempts to capture Imphal. There followed a period of pursuit south along the road from Imphal to Tiddim (along the 'Tiddim Road') 120 miles away. Tiddim itself was occupied on 17 October, after which the pursuit continued as far as Kalemyo.
According to the dopesheet BSM George Margrett from Blaenllechau, South Wales. Major A R Becher from Hereford, Lance Bombardier L Chambers of Glasgow and Bombardier R W Harding of South Croydon.
For more footage relating to Tiddim and the Tiddim Road, see related items.
- 5TH INDIAN DIVISION ADVANCE BEYOND TIDDIM (23/10/1944) (Allocated)
- Running Time:
- 7 minutes
- Film Gauge (Format):
- 619 ft
- Production Countries:
- War Office Directorate of Public Relations
- Taylor, A (Sergeant)
- Production company
- SEAC Film Unit