• Short Summary

    HARDENED FRENCH
    PARATROOPERS, LED BY THE COLOURFUL GENERAL JACQUES MASSU (CQ), ARE UNDERTAKING A
    CONCENTRATED CAMPAIGN THIS WEEK TO CRUSH THE ALGERIAN REBEL FORCES.

  • Description


    4 SHOTS -- REBELS WITH FIREARMS



    REBELS SET UP MORTAR



    2
    SHOTS -- REBELS MAKE PLAN OF ACTION



    REBELS LISTENING



    4 SHOTS -- REBELS DOWN HILL



    CU -- 2 REBELS STANDING GUARD




    Initials



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: HARDENED FRENCH
    PARATROOPERS, LED BY THE COLOURFUL GENERAL JACQUES MASSU (CQ), ARE UNDERTAKING A
    CONCENTRATED CAMPAIGN THIS WEEK TO CRUSH THE ALGERIAN REBEL FORCES. THE
    NATIONALIST REBELLION IS NOW IN ITS FIFTH YEAR. THOUSANDS HAVE BEEN KILLED --
    BOTH REBELS AND FRENCHMEN. AND THERE'S NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT MASSU'S
    PARATROOPERS WILL BE COMPLETELY SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR MOP-UP OPERATIONS. BUT THE
    LIFE OF THE REBEL IN ALGERIA IS A HARDONE. THUS FAR THIS WEEK, THE ANNOUNCED
    REBEL DEATH TOLL IS 148 KILLED. NO ONE KNOWS HOW MANY WOUNDED....OR MISSING.

    AN INDICATION OF REBEL LIFE COMES FROM NBC CAMERAMAN, HERB GREEG (CQ), WHO JUST
    YESTERDAY MANAGED TO GET SOME FILM TO US.....FILM SHOT BEHIND REBEL LINES.

    WITH IT CAME THIS LETTER -- IN IT, CAMERAMAN GREER TELLS NBC'S TV NEWS EDITOR --
    LEN ALLEN: "PLEASE EXCUSE THE RATHER ECCENTRIC TYPING........ (ROLL CUE) "THIS
    MACHINE BELONGS TO THE F.L.N. AND I'M A BIT ASTRAY ON IT. I'VE FINALLY MADE IT
    INTO THE MAQUIS (CQ). NIGHT BEFORE LAST I WENT RIGHT DOWN TO A PLACE
    WHERE........ (FILM IN) "....THE LINE SPLITS INTO TWO AND CRAWLS AROUND A HILL.

    "I'VE BEEN PROMISED," CAMERAMAN GREER CONTINUES, "A GOOD CHANCE WITHIN THE NEXT
    FEW DAYS TO GET SOME INTERESTING ACTION FOOTAGE. IT'S AN AWKWARD TIME FOR THIS
    TYPE OF THING IN PARTICULAR. THE WHOLE LENGTH OF THE LINE HERE IS ALIVE WITH
    HEAVY CONCENTRATIONS OF FRENCH TROOPS. NATURALLY, IT'S A BIT DANGEROUS.

    OUT CAMERAMAN WITH THE REBELS GOES ON: "THIS REBEL ARMY HAS SOME VERY CAPABLE
    AND CO_OPERATIVE SOLDIERS IN IT. THERE WAS A HELL OF A BARRAGE SEVERAL
    KILOMETERS DOWN THE LINE WHEN I WAS THERE, ESPECIALLY TO DIVERT FRENCH ATTENTION
    FROM OUR AREA, AND MAKE TI EASIER TO GET TO ME OF THESE PICTURES." HERB GREER'S
    LETTER GOES ON: "SOMEWHERE HERE THERE IS AN AMERICAN 75 MILLIMETER RECOILLESS
    CANNON IN REBEL HANDS, AND I'LL TRY TO GET SOME PICTURES OF IT FOR YOU. THIS
    FOOTAGE IS MORE OR LESS NUN-OF-THE-HILL REBEL CAMP STUFF....AND I HOPE THERE
    ISN'T TOO MUCH DIRT ON THE FILM. I'VE HAD TO LOAD UNDER DIFFICULT CONDITIONS,
    AND DUST MAY EASILY HAVE GOTTEN INTO THE CAMERA." AND THEN THE CAMERAMAN
    CONCLUDES: "I'LL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU SOON. REGARDS, HERB." A CHATTY LETTER FROM
    AN NBC CAMERAMAN WITH THE ALGERIAN REBELS. A LETTER LOADED WITH AMAZING
    UNDER-STATEMENTS, WHICH ARE THE HALLMARK OF A NEWSREEL CAMERAMAN.

    (FILM OUT) AND WHILE HERB GREER COVERS HIS STORY, THE FRENCH CAMPAIGN AGAINST
    THE REBELS CONTINUES IN FULL FORCE. A FIVE-YEAR NATIONALISM BATTLE, WITH NO END
    IN SIGHT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6HT3K0XY4Y049EPJ869BF48NK
    Media URN:
    VLVA6HT3K0XY4Y049EPJ869BF48NK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/11/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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