‘If you track behind, you’ll likely find yourself newly dead’
“Jungle Marines,” a 15~ minute Crown Film Unit production, “Shows the dangers faced by long-range Royal Marines patrols in the jungles of the Far East.”
It portrays an 8-man RM patrol, all good chums, roaming around what looks like Burma during the latter part of WWII. Armed with No. 4 Lee Enfields, an M1928 Tommy gun, a BREN gun, and machetes, they poke around in good fashion in the green hell and across rice paddies, burning off leeches with cigarettes and winning hearts and minds with the locals while trying to keep one step ahead of the Japanese and jungle rot.
Of particular interest is how light they pack, using just a small musette bag for what seems to be a week-long patrol.
At the 7:40 mark, they make a great little raft out of groundsheets and bamboo to help them cross a river.
Then comes a night ambush.