RESCUE OF ALLIED PRISONERS IN JAPAN [Allocated Title]
Recovery of Allied prisoners from Camp No 2, Tokyo area, and their transfer to the hospital ship USS Benevolence, Shinagawa Wan, for screening and treatment. Most of the prisoners were British or Dominion.
MLS of men gathered on quayside, waving to cameracraft. Views of deserted docks. CUs of group of ex-prisoners on the cameracraft - one smokes, another talks before the camera. PoWs onboard a LCP(L) - they wave to camera. US officer consults with Japanese officials. LCVP passes - men wave to camera. Three Hellcats fly low over the harbour - men wave to the aircraft. Japanese officials emerge from a tin shed - the departing American officer is saluted by the camp guards. LA.MS of a derelict flour mill, painted with the defiant slogan 'COME AFTER US'. Shots of the squalid, deserted camp. CU of quayside slogan, 'COOEE AUSSIE'. CU of a released prisoner dancing before applauding companions. LS, flour mill. Film then reverts to the opening sequence, as prisoners wave to the approaching landing craft, and shake hands with the commanding officer. Prisoners pack kit and leave the camp. Shots within a camp building - kitchen utensils, bedding, etc. A small group sits singing in the prisoners quarters. Final sequence onboard a landing craft returning from the shore - one of the American crewmen shows an ex-prisoner a war trophy, a Japanese army canteen. CU of the helmsman. Cameracraft closes on the starboard quarter to round the stern of USS Benevolence. Other LCVPs are alongside - men are transferred from the cameracraft on slung stretchers.
This unpleasant-looking character is called the Squander Bug, and it was created during the Second World War by artist Phillip Boydell, an employee of the National Savings Committee. The cartoon bug appeared in press adverts and poster campaigns as a menace who encouraged shoppers to waste money rather than buy war savings certificates.
American troops and locals at the Dove Inn, Burton Bradstock, in Dorset, 1944.
In 1942, the first of over 1.5 million American servicemen arrived on British shores in preparation for the Allied offensives against Germany during the Second World War. That year, the United States' War Department published Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain to help soldiers, sailors and airmen – many of whom had never travelled abroad before – adjust to life in a new country.