Wednesday, April 26, 2023

1964 Bomb Disposal on Britain’s Beaches | British Pathé

1964 Bomb Disposal on Britain’s Beaches 

British Pathé

Iain is a reader of Jake's Rolex World and he recently wrote in and shared a really fascinating video I have never seen before. Iain wrote:

Hi Jake,

I have been enjoying reading your Apollo/astronaut Rolex posts and I was earlier viewing the below video of mine clearances in the UK by the Royal Navy. 

There are good clear shots of the wrists of the officer leading the party around the minute mark. It looks to be a Submariner. I was hoping you could possibly confirm from the video if it is intact a Rolex Sub and not an Omega Seamaster 300.

Apologies if you’ve already seen the video/covered it in the past. 

Best wishes, Iain 

Iain, yes, that defiantly looks like a Rolex Submariner on his wrist...Thanks for sharing!!! It's so cool to see Rolex aquatic tool watches in action, back in the day...

On a pebbly beach we see some people sitting and looking at the sea on a sunny day. A Land Rover
arrives on the beach; several men in Naval uniform get out; one of them uses a mine detector (looks like a metal detector) to locate a mine under the pebbles. It is carefully lifted out. A large mine on another part of the beach is detonated; a red flag is hoisted as a warning; the men watch the explosion from a shelter / dugout. C/U of the smoking bomb. Another mine is exploded. 

At the Portsmouth Headquarters of the Bomb Disposal Unit we see several bombs that have been recovered. A young boy with his parents puts a penny in a large mine used as a collection box. BRITISH PATHÉ'S STORY Before television, people came to movie theatres to watch the news. British Pathé was at the forefront of cinematic journalism, blending information with entertainment to popular effect. 

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