• Short Summary

    AS SIX BRITISH NAVAL VESSELS, INCLUDING AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER, SAILED FROM MOMBASA, EAST AFRICA, FOR THE ADEN AREA AS PART OF "PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES" IN THE MIDDLE EAST, FOLLOWING REPORTS THAT IRAQI ARMOUR WAS CONCENTRATING NEAR THE BORDER OF THE OIL SHEIKDOM OF KUWAIT, BRITISH TROOPS IN NEARBY BAHRAIN WERE KEPT IN A CONSTANT STATE OF READINESS.

  • Description

    AS SIX BRITISH NAVAL VESSELS, INCLUDING AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER, SAILED FROM MOMBASA, EAST AFRICA, FOR THE ADEN AREA AS PART OF "PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES" IN THE MIDDLE EAST, FOLLOWING REPORTS THAT IRAQI ARMOUR WAS CONCENTRATING NEAR THE BORDER OF THE OIL SHEIKDOM OF KUWAIT, BRITISH TROOPS IN NEARBY BAHRAIN WERE KEPT IN A CONSTANT STATE OF READINESS. AMONG UNITS THERE WAS NO. 1. (BULL'S TROOP) PARACHUTE BATTERY OF THE CRACK ROYAL HORSE ARTILLERY REGIMENT. DAILY TRAINING SINCE THEIR ARRIVAL IN BAHRAIN TWO MONTHS AGO HAS KEPT THEM FIGHTING FIT.

    EVER SINCE IRAQ'S THREAT TO KUWAIT IN JUNE 1961, BRITAIN HAS BEEN BUILDING UP THE MOBILITY AND STRENGTH OF HER MIDDLE EAST COMMAND AND IS NOW CONSIDERED TO BE IN A BETTER POSITION TO COUNTER ANY THREAT FROM IRAQ. IN BAHRAIN A BATTALION GROUP IS READY TO FLY TO KUWAIT AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE. THE GROUP ALSO INCLUDES THE 3RD BATTALION THE PARACHUTE, ENGINEERS AND SIGNALLERS.

    BRITAIN'S PRECAUTIONS, WHICH STARTED TO BUILD UP JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS, INCLUDED THE SENDING OF SOME 200 OFFICERS AND MEN IN FOUR BRITANNIAS AND A COMET OF ROYAL AIR FORCE TRANSPORT COMMAND TO REINFORCE OPERATIONAL STAFF AND SPECIALISTS AT NAIROBI AND ADEN.

    REPORTS ON DECEMBER 28TH INDICATED THAT AS A RESULT OF BRITAIN'S "PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE" AND IRAQI ATTACK ON KUWAIT WAS NOW UNLIKELY. BAGHDAD RADIO ACCUSED BRITAIN OF ATTEMPTING TO CREATE TENSION IN THE AREA AND SAID BRITAIN HAD "BETRAYED HER CRIMINAL INTENTIONS" BY HER STATEMENT THAT NO OPERATION WAS IMMINENT. AT THE UNITED NATIONS PROTEST AND COUNTER PROTEST WAS RECEIVED FROM IRAQ AND KUWAIT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6W06TR3KGV4H44735R0N3PY26
    Media URN:
    VLVA6W06TR3KGV4H44735R0N3PY26
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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