In northern Burma, troops of 2nd Battalion The Buffs cross the Shweli River before the assault on Myitson, with machine gun, mortar and artillery fire in support, as the divisional commander watches.
In the jungle near the Shweli river a group of Indian Engineers bring up a rolled inflatable rubber boat. The boat is inflated by blowing into it and by a foot pump. On a track through the jungle a wounded Indian man is tended to by two British; others kneel nearby waiting to move. Two soldiers move off into the jungle carrying a third man. Looking out over the Shweli river with rubber boats on the water; one is full of troops. British troops near the waters edge. A British officer (?) looks out with binoculars. Out of focus shot shows a soldier hurrying along a track. Focus corrected; British troops including stretcher bearers go forward along the track. A rubber boat is handled into the water. Men board the boat. A rubber boat is paddled. A rigid boat with outboard motor is used to tow rubber boats. An inflated boat is carried through undergrowth. Looking over the river with smoke trails from covering mortar fire. Boat is put into the water. A smoke bomb from a mortar falls into the river. Empty rubber boat at the waters edge. Men pile in and the boat is paddled away. Bren gunners lay down covering fire; one man changes magazines with smoke pouring from his gun. Looking over the river with boats in midstream and smoke. More men hurry into a boat. Men run and take cover on the riverbank; one man appears to have, most unusually, attached a Lee Enfield sword bayonet to his Thompson submachine gun. Shots of 6-pounder anti-tank gun, operated by the Gordon Highlanders, in action against Japanese bunkers. A British soldier, apparently not wearing any equipment, sits in the open on the river bank and snipes across the river with his rifle; a boat can be seen on the water. More of the 6-pounder. A group of British soldiers, apparently posing for the camera; one man fires his rifle past the camera (in a brief shot before this there appears to be another cameraman (an American?) with an Eyemo camera entering the bottom of frame). River with boat midstream. Boats with men wading in the water; spurts of water suggest near misses. 6-pounder in action. Major-General Festing, commander 36th Division, watches progress from the frontline with his aide de camp (ADC), an unnamed brigadier (in square hat with slung M1 Carbine, probably Brigadier M B Jennings) and the battalion commander of the Buffs. Moving the 6-pounder. More of the gun in action. The brigadier speaks to another officer. Festing watches through binoculars with his brigadier.
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