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Wessex Film and Sound Archive

British Army

Military museums in the region have deposited films and sound recordings on a wide range of topics concerning the British Army.

Aldershot Military Museum, for example, passed on some memorable films of the 1930s Tattoos and the 1954 Military Centenary in the town, along with many more professional and amateur films and tapes.

The Airborne Forces Museum collection contains training films and operational material relating to the Parachute Regiment, whilst the Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop deposited interesting items about the aircraft used by the Army for troop movements, etc. Marchwood Military Port concerns seaborne movements of troops and materials.

Good examples of films about regiments and corps are found in the collections of the Royal Hussars Regiment, and the Army Physical Training Corps. The latter has been much concerned with the British Olympic squads and this is reflected in its material.

The British Pathe newsreels already referred to, also contain items about the British Army from 1900 onwards. Mr W G Prall of Winchester took a number of amateur films about the local Army Cadets and the 'Old Contemptibles' (veterans of World War One) activities and parades during the 1940s.

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