Adventures: The Jungle Navy

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War Documentary hosted by Robin Ward, published by National Geographic in 1999 - English narration

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At the height of the First World War, as armies of thousands fought with each other on European soil, a much more unusual battle was waged in eastern Africa, where Belgian and German colonial territories were separated by the second largest body of water on the continent: Lake Tanganyika. An English big-game hunter living in the region came up with a plan to take out the German warships that patrolled the lake, and command of the mission was given to Geoffrey Spicer-Simson, a disgraced British career officer whose boorish incompetence had earned him the dubious distinction of being the oldest lieutenant commander in the Royal Navy. Spicer led a motley crew of 28 daring young men and two 40-foot gunboats named Mimi and Toutou, on a 9,000 mile trek from England to the Cape, and then through the wilds of Central Africa, to destroy a German enemy flotilla in Lake Tanganyika. Like the obsessed Fitzcarraldo in Werner Herzog's movie, Spicer and company (whose ranks boasted a pet monkey named Josephine) dragged the pieces of the Mimi and the Toutou (the two gunboats) over some fearsome terrain – " swamps which actually move about", Spicer wrote. Despite a lack of tactical skills (even his semaphore signals were indecipherable), Spicer managed to sink a German ship, then immediately spiralled into a funk, reverting to relative obscurity until re-emerging, highly disguised, as Charlie Allnut. This true story formed the basis for Hollywood’s famous blockbuster "African Queen" with Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. A CineNova Production for National Geographic Television

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Video Bitrate: 1 875 Kbps
Video Resolution: 720x544
Display Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 192 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 52 min 55 s
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 784 MB
Source: DVD
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