PERSONAL RECORD. PAPPS, COLIN. [84 SQUADRON IN INDIA - GHURKA CEREMONY, MEETING OF MOUNTBATTEN & GENERAL CHIANG KAI SHEK, RUGBY MATCH]

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Ghurka Ceremony - Initiation Ceremony of Ghurka men. The beheading a buffalo with a large machete in one blow. Dragging the beast about a ring. Dancing by men in robes. Beheading a goat with a Ghurka knife in one blow. Various views of Ghurka soldiers in the [British Indian Army]. Military band. Young European boy in uniform of a sort.
Heads of buffalo lined up on ground. Marching with ceremonial Ghurka knife out front.

Arrival of Lord Mountbatten exits car with Chinese General Chiang Kai Shek and his wife at Ranchi. Walking beside USAF aircraft. Boarding and exiting Douglas DC4. Boarding again with USAF officer. Aircraft taking off.

Note: Meeting of General Chiang Kai Shek and his wife with Lord Mountbatten at Ranchi. First talks between the British and Chinese concerning the allies support for China after the Japanese invasion. Mr Papps believes he was the only person with a camera.
Colin Papps was a Commander in the RAF during World War II. He served with 84 Squadron in India and later flew spitfires in Burma with 681 Squadron.

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Year 1942

Reference number F26524

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA, UNITED KINGDOM

Genre Amateur

Duration 0:06:14

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