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Royal Navy - At War And Peace 1952-1960 [DVD]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Dd Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 May 2007
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OFOSFY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,676 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Four rare or previously unavailable Royal Navy films covering a visit by the Home Fleet to the West Indies, a large-scale commando exercise in the Mediterranean, a look behind the scenes with officer cadets at Britannia Royal Navy College, Dartmouth, and a training film for Artificers.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. E. May on 28 Feb 2010
There are four short documentary films on this DVD and each shows a different aspect of the Royal Navy and its people in the 1950s, a time when the UK still had a very large fleet - some 500 ships at the time of the Coronation Review in 1953 - and a time when conscription was still in force (although only about 2% of conscripts went into the Navy, most having volunteered for the Navy in advance of receiving their call-up papers).

The first is a real gem. The 30-minute short "Tiffy", sub-titled "Naval Artificer", describes the work of the different branches and trades of naval artificers and it's particularly interesting historically as, in February 2010, the last artificers passed out of training at HMS Sultan in Gosport, bringing to an end this highly respected category of skilled engineering rating after 142 years.

The film has a good script and is narrated by the famous voice of Bruce Belfrage. It opens in the huts of the artificer apprentice training school, HMS Fisgard, in Torpoint, across the Trevol Road from HMS Raleigh: it's "pipe down" and the teenage recruits are having a pillow-fight when the duty CPO Tiffy turns up and, on seeing the mess in the mess, asks "Where do you think you are? In the wardroom?"!

The film has excellent footage of tiffies of different trades at work on board the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, beginning with preparations for putting to sea and shows not only the sort of work they do but the results and effects of their efforts. There is footage of tiffies with small ships, too, at the MTB base at HMS Hornet in Gosport and in the submarine HMS Sanguine and destroyer HMS Roebuck, the carrier's destroyer plane guard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brother Tom on 14 Sep 2011
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This DVD is a must for those who sailed on HMS BULWARK on it,s World Cruise 1957/8 you will be taken back to the West Indies, Halifax Nova Scotia, Granada, and Trinidad. Exercises with the Royal Canadian Navy etc.At least three of the included short films will be great for those who serviced Seahawks and Sea Venoms during the mid fifties onwards.
It is very hard to find film of BULWARK during the 50s, but this DVD will help, it does not however show all of our World Cruise, but I do not think you will be to dissapointed.
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Brother Tom AIRFRAMES/ENGINES mechanic, FAA.
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My dad is in this DVD at the end receiving the freedom of Portsmouth .... he watched it and it bought back floods of memories , well worth the money for those who served...and those who want to a view of the Navy and Royal Marines
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