Japanese army conducts military exercises that involve inflatable rafts and pontoon bridges
Japan Date:1933 Duration:2 min 26 sec Sound:Yes
Japanese Army conducts military exercise. Artillery shells explode in the distance. Some raise white smoke, while others create craters and throw large amounts of earth into the air. Japanese soldiers run carrying rolled up canvases. From them they remove and inflate rubber rafts that they carry up over a hill and down to a shoreline. They jump into the rafts and paddle furiously toward an opposite shore. The national red ball flag (sun-mark flag) is displayed on one raft. Closeup of occupants in one raft. Machine gun fire is heard in the background. The rafts reach the opposite shore where the troops jump out and charge up a hill in smoke. View from camera located at defensive obstacle as the troops arrive there. They place sections of pontoon bridges over the obstacles and cross over them. Then they carry bridge sections down a steep embankment to another shoreline where they place them end-to-end in the water to form a serpentine floating bridge. Soldiers on each section maneuver them with long poles into position spanning the water to the next shore. Next, armed troops are seen running across the new pontoon bridge. Two of them carry a version of a Hotchkiss machine gun (licensed by Japan as their Type 3 Heavy Machine Gun). One of the last few soldiers crossing the bridge, carries the sun-mark flag.
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