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Squadron 992

Synopsis
In response to a request for a film that showed the importance of balloon barrage, Harry Watt made this drama-documentary about the training of a balloon squadron and its first assignment to the Forth Bridge, which had just been unsuccessfully raided. For his reconstruction of the raid itself, Watt got the Air Force to put German markings on their planes, which caused considerable consternation. Watt also claimed he was ‘arrested twice as a spy, because filmmaking was absolutely unknown and anybody with a camera was a spy’. Cavalcanti thought this film, along with THE FIRST DAYS, would be considered very important later. In his opinion such documentary records of history as it unfolded would ultimately matter more than the experimental work.
Series
Britain at War: The First Days
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. b&w. 26 min.
Year of production
1940
Availability
Sale
Notes
See: BRITAIN AT WAR: THE FIRST DAYS for availability on compilation videocassette.
Subjects
History
Keywords
armed forces; barrage balloons; documentary films; World War II

Credits

Director
Harry Watt
Producer
Alberto Cavalcanti
Writer
W D H McCulloch
Contributor
Frank H ‘Jonah’ Jones; Julian Spiro; Ken Cameron; Muir Mathieson; R Q McNaughton; Walter Leigh
Cast
Lionel Gamlin 

Production Company

Name

GPO Film Unit

Distributor

Name

Post Office Film & Video Library

Email
poes@edist.co.uk
Phone
01795 426465
Fax
01795 474871
Address
c/o Post Office Education Services
PO Box 145
Sittingbourne
Kent
ME10 1NH
Notes
Contact: Barry Wiles

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