• Short Summary

    NEARLY 30,000 AMERICAN MARINES ARE TAKING PART IN AN INVASION EXERCISE AT HUELVA, SOUTHWEST SPAIN.?

  • Description

    NEARLY 30,000 AMERICAN MARINES ARE TAKING PART IN AN INVASION EXERCISE AT HUELVA, SOUTHWEST SPAIN. THE EXERCISE IS CALLED OPERATION STEEL PIKE. IT IS THE BIGGEST LANDING OPERATION IN EUROPE SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

    THE MARINES CAME ASHORE FROM LANDING CRAFT AND FROM HELICOPTERS. THE LANDING AREA IS NOT FAR FROM WHERE CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS SET SAIL FOR THE "NEW WORLD" IN 1492. IT IS ALSO NEAR THE AMERICAN POLARIS BASE AT ROTA.

    THE TROOPS COME FROM CAMP LEJEUNE, NORTH CAROLINA. THEY BEGAN EMBARKING FROM PORTS IN THE EASTERN UNITED STATES THREE WEEKS AGO AND SAILED OVER IN MILITARY TRANSPORT SHIPS ESCORTED BY THE AMERICAN ATLANTIC FLEET.

    EIGHTY AMERICAN SHIPS AND 14 SPANISH WARSHIPS ARE TAKING PART. SPAIN IS ALSO PROVIDING SUPPORT AIRCRAFT AND A BATTALION EACH OF MARINES AND INFANTRYMEN. THE EXERCISE LASTS SEVERAL DAYS.

    TWO HELICOPTERS CRASHED DURING THE LANDING AND NINE AMERICAN MARINES ON BOARD WERE KILLED.

    A JOINT EXERCISE BY SPANISH AND BRITISH FORCES WAS DUE TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH, BUT IT HAS BEEN CANCELLED BY THE NEW BRITISH LABOUR GOVERNMENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAG13M8R6BPZKFR4U24NKVR6BH
    Media URN:
    VLVAG13M8R6BPZKFR4U24NKVR6BH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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