U.S. Marines demonstrate defensive readiness on Naval Air Station, Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, before World War II
Pearl Harbor Hawaii USA Date:1941 Duration:2 min 15 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Armed U.S. Marines exit from heavily sandbagged barracks to a waiting truck containing a pair of Browning M1919 .30 caliber medium machine guns on a Scarff Gun-Ring Mount. A Lewis gun is fastened to the inside of the truck. As they emerge, some look to the sky, while the rest board the truck. One sets up a radio on the pavement and another looks through binoculars. Two officers unfold a rolled up map and one salutes and runs to the cab of the truck, while the other crouches with the radio operator. The event is repeated in a second take, filmed at a slightly closer distance. Next is a closeup of Marines in the truck pointing their weapons skyward as the truck pulls away. Closeup of heavily sandbagged entrance of building as Marines exit in another repeat of the event. Repeat of the two officers (both Lieutenants) and the radio operator pointing at a spot on the map. In fimal scenes, several Marines are seen silhouetted against the sky as one rotates the Browning machine gun on its Scarff mount.
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