Hundreds of soldiers of the Egyptian Third Army surrendered to Israeli troops on Wednesday (24 October) after they had been encircled.
LV ZOOM INTO GV'S AND SV'S Egyptian troops surrendering (5 shots)
SV Wounded Egyptians being driven on Israeli tanks
GV PAN Israeli tanks towards Suez City (2 shots)
MV Dayan talks to troops
CU Dayan speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: "Reporter: Will they have to give in?"
...And asked to surrender?
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Background: Hundreds of soldiers of the Egyptian Third Army surrendered to Israeli troops on Wednesday (24 October) after they had been encircled. Their communications and supplies were cut off.
According to an eye witness the two companies of surrendering soldiers seen in this film was only a fraction of the total number of prisoners taken. Thousands had given themselves up in other areas.
Many of the Egyptians were wounded. An Israeli commander said, as he watched the stream of surrendering troops struggle across the desert to his post, that he thought the Egyptian Third Army was no longer a fighting force. He added that only isolated groups of men were still holding out - the rest wee surrendering.
Injured, tired and very thirsty, the Egyptian soldiers had been snared in a narrow strip of land with all avenues of retreat cut off.
As they trudged through the sand towards their captors, the walking wounded helped each other and fitter men carried the stretcher cases.
With each side in the conflict accusing the other of violating the ceasefire, fighting was still reported as being intensive. Israeli tanks, seen in this film, were said by a frontline commentator to be "racing south" to capture Suez City and lay claim to the entire southern Suez Canal.
Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan questioned by a reporter said the Egyptians should give in. In his opinion they would have to surrender.
SYNOPSIS: Soldiers of the Egyptian Third Army, encircled by Israeli troops, their communications and supplies cut off, surrendered on Wednesday.
These soldiers, about two companies of them, were reported to be only a fraction of the Egyptian Third Army in the Suez area who gave themselves up
A front line reporter said he saw at least one-thousand Egyptians surrender in one small sector during the course of an afternoon. Many of these prisoners were wounded. As they struggled through the desert toward an Israeli command post the walking wounded helped each other - the fifteen men carried the stretchers of their more seriously injured comrades.
Some of the wounded were more fortunate - they rode on Israeli tanks to the compound. Other Israeli tanks had a less peaceful purpose. They, said and American newsman, were "racing" south to capture Suez City and lay claim to the entire southern Suez Canal.
Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan and his men were in good spirits. General Dayan told reporters that he thought the Egyptians should give in. Pressed for a more definite statement on the situation, the General said he felt the Egyptians would have to surrender.