The Second Marine Division of the United States Atlantic Marine Force left Cherry Point, N.?
The Second Marine Division of the United States Atlantic Marine Force left Cherry Point, N. Carolina, U.S.A., at midnight on July 15-16th. The men, under their commander Lt. Col. Alfred A. Tillman, were bound for the Lebanon where three and a half thousand U.S. Marines have occupied Beirut Airport and strategic positions in the city proper, including the United States' Embassy.
Although shot on July 15-16th., this film was embargoed until the seventeenth by the Defence Department.
In Beirut strict orders were issued to the Marines not to fire on anyone "unless personally provoked". The instruction was repeated after sporadic exchanges of fire in various parts of the capital, on Thursday.
Marines, with their rifles at the ready, stood guard over their vehicles in the dock area and at other points in Beirut. At the airport, eight miles away, about 25 medium tanks, 1,700 troops and about 80 jet fighter planes, of the American task force, are on guard.
Two thousand British Paratroopers -- the 'Red Devils' -- arrived in Amman, capital of Jordan on Thursday morning from Cyprus at the request of King Hussein, who has now assumed leadership of the defunct Federation of Iraq and Jordan, in the 'absence' of King Feisal.
A terrific build up of forces is taking place in the Middle East and the surrounding areas. British troops, the 1st. Cameronians, arrived in Aden -- at the southernmost tip of Arabia -- on July 16th from Kenya, and the 1st. Bn.Royal Fusiliers reached Bahrein from Kenya at about the same time.
Royal Marine Commandos are on their way from Malta to Cyprus and ships of the British Mediterranean Fleet are at the ready off the coast of Cyprus.
The 1st. Bn. Durham Light Infantry, 650 officers and men, left Southampton, U.K., on Thursday aboard the troopship "Devonshire", bound for Cyprus. Other troop movements in Britain include the despatch, by air, of the 19th. Infantry Brigade for Cyprus on Friday morning.