• Short Summary

    DESPITE THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT TERRORISM WAS AT AN END IN ALGERIA, THE O.A.S., (SECRET ARMY?

  • Description

    DESPITE THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT TERRORISM WAS AT AN END IN ALGERIA, THE O.A.S., (SECRET ARMY ORGANISATION) IN ORAN CONTINUE THEIR "SCORCHED EARTH" CAMPAIGN.

    VISNEWS FILMSHOT JUNE 27, SHOWS FLAMES AND THICK CLOUDS OF SMOKE RISING OVER THE CITY AS TWELVE MILLION LITRES OF OIL CONTINUE TO BURN IN THE PORT'S OIL INSTALLATIONS, AFTER THE BLAZE STARTED BY THE O.A.S., TWO DAYS BEFORE.

    THE NAVAL FIRE BRIGADE HAS REPLACED THE EXHAUSTED MUNICIPAL BRIGADE. THE INTENSE HEAT MADE THEIR WORK DIFFICULT AS IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE MEN TO GET CLOSER THAN 150 YARDS FROM THE MAIN CENTRES OF THE FIRE.

    ALL SHIPS WERE WITHDRAWN FROM THE HARBOUR, AND LAY OFF THE POST IN THE HOPE OF RETURNING TO COMPLETE THE LOADINGS SO HASTILY INTERRUPTED. TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMMUNICATION SERE SEVERED, VIRTUALLY ISOLATING THE CITY.

    OTHER FIRES BROKE OUT, FURTHER TAXING THE RESOURCES AND FLAGGING MANPOWER OF THE FIRE BRIGADES. FILM SHOWS A BLAZE AT A SCHOOL, SWEEPING THROUGH THE BUILDING UNCHECKED, WITH NO EFFORT BEING MADE BY LOCAL RESIDENTS TO PUT IT OUT.

    ANOTHER BLAZE, IN A FOUR DEPT, DREW RESPONSE FROM THE LOCAL RESIDENTS. FOR THE FIRST TIME THEY LENT A READY HAND TO FIREMEN AS THE FLAMES SPREAD, THREATENING THEIR OWN HOMES.

    LATE ON THE SAME DAY A LEADER OF THE O.A.S. EX-COLONEL DUFOUR, IN A PIRATE BROADCAST, CALLED OFF WHAT REMAINED TO BE CARRIED OUT OF THE SCORCHED EARTH POLICY. WITH EX-GENERAL GARDY AND A NUMBER OF FELLOW-CONSPIRATORS, HE THEN LEFT THE CITY FOR AN UNKNOWN DESTINATION. OBSERVERS SAID THIS MARKED THE END OF THE O.A.S., IN ORAN AS AN ORGANISED, DISCIPLINED FORCE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA98L0CHDKMNCEKNWT9LL7KUKBE
    Media URN:
    VLVA98L0CHDKMNCEKNWT9LL7KUKBE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/06/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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