• Short Summary

    British troops were taking up positions at Tmimi, 80 miles west of Tobruk, Libya, Mar 23/24, for the following day's start of "Operation Triangle", a ten-day desert infantry exercise.

  • Description

    British troops were taking up positions at Tmimi, 80 miles west of Tobruk, Libya, Mar 23/24, for the following day's start of "Operation Triangle", a ten-day desert infantry exercise.

    Some 3,000 officers and men of the 3rd Infantry Brigade group, including the 1st Battalion of the Black Watch and 94 New Zealand Field Battery, were flown in for the exercise from Dhekelis Base in Cyprus. They brought with them 600 vehicles, 26 heavy guns and six spotter aircraft.

    For the purpose of the exercise, the New Zealand battery joined the "enemy" - the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment and the 1st Battalion of the Royal Scots, both stationed in Lybia.

    Lt-Gen R.N. Anderson, C-in-C of Near East Land Forces, visited the 3rd Brigade group at its desert camp. He was welcomed by the commander of the group, Brigadier B.O.P. Eugster.

    The exercise covers some of the battle fields of World War Two. At Tobruk a memorial wall bears the badges of the various British units that were engaged in the area. For eleven of the men of the Black Watch, taking part in the operation, the exercise is of special interest, for their fathers fought across the same terrain during the North African campaign of 19 years ago.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5BHB7FHA8G1TGXCIIXO2QRM12
    Media URN:
    VLVA5BHB7FHA8G1TGXCIIXO2QRM12
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/03/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:13:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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