British officer served with The Admiralty Torpedo, Mining and Electrical Training Establsihment at HMS Vernon, Portsmouth, GB, 1939-1940 including defusing first German magnetic mine at Shoeburyness, GB, 21/12/1939
REEL 1 Recollections of period as officer with The Admiralty Torpedo, Mining and Electrical Training Establsihment at HMS Vernon, Portsmouth, GB, 1939-1940 including defusing first German magnetic mine at Shoeburyness, GB, 21/12/1939: threat of German magnetic mines, late 1939; background to appointment to investigating German mine threat; report that magnetic mine had been dropped at Shoeburyness; reaction to approaching mine with John Ouvry, 21/12/1939; inspection of magnetic mine; discovery of second magnetic mine; attitude to dealing with mine; effects of mine exploding; defusing magnetic mine; removing mine from mud flats; reporting to Admiralty and First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill; reaction to having dealt with mine; facilities available for removal of mine; effect of magnetic mines on movement of Allied shipping; methods devised for dealing with magnetic mines.
REEL 2 Continues: trials of 'log' method to deal with magnetic mine; blowing up magnetic mine with floating cable off Yarmouth, 10/2/1940; problems sweeping with magnets; magnet sweep trials; trials with experimental ships to blow up magnetic mines.
Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.