Two British Royal Navy battleships, the HMS Howe and HMS Anson, prepare for their first voyage during World War II. This feature from the Pathé Gazette shows everything from the loading of shells for their 14″/45 caliber guns to shipping out to sea.
For Archive Licensing Enquiries Visit: https://goo.gl/W4hZBv
Explore Our Online Channel For FULL Documentaries, Fascinating Interviews & Classic Movies: https://goo.gl/7dVe8r
#BritishPathé #History #Navy #Battleships #HMS #WWII #WorldWarII #RoyalNavy
Subscribe to the British Pathé YT Channel: https://goo.gl/hV1nkf
Titles read: “PATHE GAZETTE TAKES PRIDE IN PRESENTING THE FIRST PICTURES OF – NEW BRITISH BATTLESHIPS”.
Somewhere in Britain.
Various shots of new battleships HMS Howe and HMS Anson, receiving a final ‘touch-up’ of paint before being handed over to the navy. Dockyard workers leave the two ships.
The navy crew board the ships, followed by supplies. Captain Woodhouse takes over HMS Howe after the signing by the shipbuilders. Shells are lifted aboard by cranes.
C/U of a pile of bank notes being counted. At the first pay parade the crew put their caps on a table and their money is placed on top.
The naval chaplain conducts a service on the open deck; crew stand with heads bowed. Battleship Howe leaves the Graving Dock and enters the Firth of Forth. It moves very slowly through the narrow exit of the dock then heads out and under Forth Bridge. Engineers in the engine room check dials.
During tests at sea we see the Howe being put through her paces. Catapault seaplane is launched from the decks. Men climb onto the large 14 inch guns, take their covers off and they do their first firing; good shots of naval barrage.
L/S of the Howe coming in and dropping anchor.
BRITISH PATHÉ’S STORY
Before television, people came to movie theatres to watch the news. British Pathé was at the forefront of cinematic journalism, blending information with entertainment to popular effect. Over the course of a century, it documented everything from major armed conflicts and seismic political crises to the curious hobbies and eccentric lives of ordinary people. If it happened, British Pathé filmed it.
Now considered to be the finest newsreel archive in the world, British Pathé is a treasure trove of 85,000 films unrivalled in their historical and cultural significance.
British Pathé also represents the Reuters historical collection, which includes more than 136,000 items from the news agencies Gaumont Graphic (1910-1932), Empire News Bulletin (1926-1930), British Paramount (1931-1957), and Gaumont British (1934-1959), as well as Visnews content from 1957 to the end of 1984. All footage can be viewed on the British Pathé website. https://www.britishpathe.com/