• Short Summary

    Behind the rebel lines
    Algerian rebels on patrol near the Tunisian border were accompanied by Visnews
    recently during intensified warfare against French troops.

  • Description

    Behind the rebel lines
    Algerian rebels on patrol near the Tunisian border were accompanied by Visnews
    recently during intensified warfare against French troops.

    Commanded by Colonel Si Nasser, the rebel band left their well-protected hideout
    for the forests. Their goal: the formidable French "Morice" barrier line,
    fortified with barbed Wire, mines and electrified fences, where our cameramen
    followed the wire-cutter through to the other side. Said their leader:"We want
    peace.....but will settle for nothing but independence".

    Coinciding with our filming came news of an eight-hour battle outside the
    French-Algerian port of Bone - most daring raid on a major town in Algeria by
    the rebels this year. French troops, supported by artillery, amour and a
    squadron of planes wiped out the attacking 44-strong rebel band. Six casualties
    were reported on the French side.

    Before they were spotted, the rebels gained control of an area of houses,
    orchards and vineyards between Bone airport and the town centre. Intelligence
    officers believed the band was sent from Tunisia to replace one recently
    destroyed in the Bone region during the recent upsurge of terrorism.

    According to French Army reports, 435 rebels were killed and 269 captured during
    the previous week in Algeria.

    Characteristic of the increase of Algerian terrorism in France, was the murder
    June 24 of seven Moslems at Villeurbanne, near Lyons. The men, found shot dead
    with their throats cut are believed to have been killed by four other North
    Africans.

    BACKGROUND The Algerian Was has raged for nearly five years - with phases of
    comparative peace and sudden uprisings.

    More than 600,000 French troops and 50,000 rebels are engaged in "no quarter"
    skirmishes. The rebels, all volunteers, are equipped with arms bought from Egypt
    and East Germany. Paid GBP1 a month, the soldiers live in huts well protected
    from air detection. Their main diffulties: the superior air-strength of the
    French - and the "Morice Lines" set up along the Moroccan and Tunisian borders
    to prevent supplies reaching rebel forces fighting inside Algeria.

    Recent reports that four leaders of the "provisional Algerian Government" -
    including leader Ferhat Abbas - had resigned, have been hotly denied.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAJTORLVY65E4MBAJHO6EEPKE4
    Media URN:
    VLVAAJTORLVY65E4MBAJHO6EEPKE4
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/06/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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