British forces under General Wavell recapture Sidi Barrani and over 35,000 prisoners on December 11th 1940
Sidi Barrani, Egypt: (December 11,1940)
Big. gen. view pan. of shell-ruined Forts of Sidi Barrani, 2 lorries passing. Gen. view pan. of shell ruined Forts of Sidi Barrani pan. to 2 Australian soldiers looking at shelled buildings pan to more shell-ruined Forts. Semi view of 4 soldiers looking at Axis Monument in roadway built by Italians in November 1940. Cu. view of Italian inscription on Memorial. Gen. view pan. of captured tanks in desert. Cu. view of tank's gun pan to captured and abandoned tanks spread out over desert. Long view of tanks abandoned in desert, dead Italian in forged lying in sand pan. to other captured tanks. Pan. of mass of captured tanks spread out over desert. Semi view of captured abandoned tank in sands. Semi view of British soldiers looking at Gun mounted on lorry pan. to stores of captures ammunition. Semi view of field Howitzer & massed pile of arms such as rifles, bren guns, machine guns pan. to vast stores of ammunitions in boxes and more field guns. Shot of shelled howitzer & lorry. Semi view of 2 soldiers manoeuvering captured Bofor-gun Gen. view of Italian Tent flying torn Italian flag - soldier tells captured Italian to walk back to tent. Cu. view of torn Italian flag flying on top of tent. Gen. view of 2 soldiers walking thru sandstorm across desert showing abandoned equipment on sands where battle raged. 2 semi views of English soldiers standing near lorries in sandstorm. Back view of English tank moving off and disappearing into sandstorm followed by army lorry with lorry with soldiers...END OF ROLL ONE...
Sidi Barrani, Egypt: ROLL TWO. Gen. view of British soldiers leading hundreds of Italian prisoners towards & under camera across desert. Pan. of mass of captured Libian Native troops past. Shot of captured Native troops past. Shot of captured Native Libian troops past officers & Indians in car pan. to back view marching towards sea. Gen. view pan. mass of captured Italian troops sea in background. Gen. view of a few British soldiers leading hundreds of Italian prisoners towards camera & past across desert. Gen. view pan. showing mass of Captured Italian troops standing in groups, sea in background. Semi view pan. along showing bare feet pan. up & along Native captured troops. Semi view of British sentries & Italian prisoners pan. along to more Italian prisoners. Semi view of British soldier handing fags to prisoners. Semi view man giving food to capture Native troops. Cu. captured native troops holding hands out for food. S.v. British Tommy drawing water from Well and pouring it into tin-can. Cu. 2 captured soldiers one drinking and other filling water bottle. Semi view pan. of Native prisoners receiving water. Cu. view of Libyan drinking water out of tin. Gen. back view prisoners sitting together sandstorm. Semi view group of prisoners as sleep pan. to more prisoners Semi view pan. and cu. pan. of prisoners resting on sand. Cu. prisoner sitting on sand protection face with coat from sand pan. to another prisoner asleep. Gen. view of British soldiers outside tent with ammunition. Semi view of soldiers clipping .303 Cartridges together making belt for machine gun. Cu. view clipping .303 cartridges together. Long view of soldiers putting ammunition belts into machine gun of Gloster plane. Cu. pan. along 2 soldiers holding ammunition belt to man putting other end of ammunition belt into wing of plane. Cu. view loading bombs under neath plane. Cu. view putting bombs on rack. Cu view of row 4 Bombs under wing of plane. Cu. bullets in ammunition belt put into wing of Bristol; Gladiator. Front gen. view of gladiator taxi-ing towards across desert & taking off over camera. Long view of Bristol Gladiator taxi-ing towards across desert throwing up sand & taking off to cu. past camera in air at speed. Long view pan. plane in air at speed. Gen. view pan. of plane past in sky at speed. Shot of Dawn breaking over the desert. Shot of mechanics walking towards camera in semi darkness before dawn - sun begins to rise in backrd. Cu. pilot getting into Gloster Gladiator. 2 side front views & long view of Gloster Gladiator on desert warming up engine at dawn. Long view plane warming up engine - showing dawn breaking in sky. Semi view of plane warming up - down breaking in sky. Cu. plane warming up at break of dawn turns round past camera and taxi-ing off. Gen. view pan. of Gladiator racing across sky & climbing past clouds. Gen. view of plane climbing higher at dawn showing clouds. Semi view follow shot of Bristol Gladiator climbing steeply and over camera. Effect shot of plane climbing towards and past in air, to view Dawn breaking and pan. down to desert. Semi view of plane climbing towards camera & past in air. Gen. view of Dawn breaking in sky. Shot of British sentry on guard with rifle and fixed bayonet in semi darkness and fade out to complete darkness.
Background: British forces under General Wavell recapture Sidi Barrani and over 35,000 prisoners on December 11th 1940