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U.S. News Review: Issue No. 4

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Description This newsreel covers six subjects. “The Raiders of Timor”: recounts how Australian troops were forced to hide in the mountains on the island of Timor when the Japanese military conquered the island. The Australians conducted asymmetrical warfare against the superior Japanese forces. Their time as guerrilla soldiers and their recovery from the Australian Army is retold through reenactments. “Army Salvage”: shows how the Army is recycling obsolete munitions and tanks from museums and warehouses into new weaponry. “We Guard Britain’s Books”: records how the British were using microfilm to reformat their rare books to provide a back-up copy in case the original texts were destroyed through German bombing. The microfilms are shipped to America and stored in the Library of Congress where they are acquisitioned, inspected, cataloged, and stored on shelves. “Good News from the Fishing Front”: depicts how Canadian fishermen are increasing their yield to aid with food shortages in the U.S. Shows the repairing of nets and the hauling in of a 500-ton catch of herring. “Battle in the Caucasus”: uses combat footage to tell how the Soviet military defeated German forces in a battle in the mountains of the Caucasus region on November 19, 1942. “Thingummybob: A Factory Song From Australia”: a woman sings a song accompanied by a military band for workers at a factory. The Song celebrates female workers who worked on the production line to make equipment for the war. The chorus goes “I'm the girl that makes the thing/ that drills the hole that holds the ring /that drives the rod that turns the knob / that works the thingummybob.”
Creator U.S. Office of War Information Bureau of Motion Pictures
Date Issued 1943
Original Format 16mm print
Duration 17:26
Color/Black & White B&W
Sound/Silent Sound
Nation of Origin U.S.
Geographic Coverage Timor; London, England; Washington, D.C., United States; Caucasus, Soviet Union; Australia