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Re: New film - what the heck?
Oops! I meant to mention that alternative, since the underside of the boats in the film had hardware for crossing defensive booms. This is what the Italians did in WWI & after. The CV in the background could help date the film....
I think they are testing explosive motor boats jumping torpedo net booms. I can only surmise that the balloons are a wacky idea to take the weight off the stern to minimise damage to the props and the ski-like prop shields? Obviously "stealth" was not a priority!
Great views of the HIRYU, Alf seaplane and the type W101 auxiliary minesweeper.
Maybe they were testing the launching of barrage balloons for anti-aircraft use? Didn't look very successful....
What on earth is the high-speed boat in this film doing/trying to do? I can honestly say I've never seen any photos of film of this activity before, especially involving the IJN!