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Weekly Review No. 140 - Easter Action on Bougainville Short Film (Full Length and Full Length Episode) – 1944 News/Current Affairs Documentary War

Weekly Review No. 140 - Easter Action on Bougainville

Short Film (Full Length and Full Length Episode) – 1944 News/Current Affairs Documentary War

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This intense newsreel reports from the war in the Pacific in Easter 1944, as American, Fijian, and New Zealand soldiers battle the Japanese in the Bougainville jungle. Cameraman Stan Wemyss found himself isolated with a Fijian patrol, amidst casualties and under fire from 'Japs'. He later recounted being so close to the action he could hear troops talking in two languages he couldn't understand; at one point he lays down his camera to pitch a grenade. Grandfather of future actor Russell Crowe, Wemyss was awarded an MBE in 1947 for his services as a war correspondent. 

While on the home front most of us were taking it easy for four days over Easter, Americans, Fijians and some New Zealanders were fighting the Japanese in shell-blasted swamps and jungle of Bougainville Island.
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