Pathe interviews the Gibraltar Commander who was dismissed - many believe unjustly.
Second title reads "Premier agrees to probe facts of Admiral's wartime dismissal". SV. Admiral Sir Dudley North, who was Commander in Chief North Atlantic at Gibraltar in 1940, sitting at his desk at home in Dorset. SCU. Admiral North writing, he looks up into the camera and then continues to write. LV. Pan down showing various photographs belonging to Admiral North including wartime ones. SV. Picture showing Admiral North on the Royal yacht with King George VI. Queen and Princesses with the ship's company, & SCU. SV. Admiral North in naval uniform standing beside the steering wheel on the Royal yacht. LV. Pathe reporter Bill Symon interviewing Admiral North. Both seated on settee . Symon asks whether he believes that should be an inquiry into his dismissal. CU. Admiral North speaking "No, I don't think an enquiry is necessary. I have made my answer out quite clearly and that should be sufficient." Map of the Mediterranean showing Gibraltar Oran and Toulon. CU. Map showing Mediterranean and Gibraltar with Oran. GV. From sea rock of Gibraltar, & nearer shot. TV. From the rock, showing the fleet assembled in Gibraltar Harbour, & nearer shot. GV. Pan, fleet assembled in harbour, & SV. SV. Admiral Somerville (in centre) talking to Gort and Liddell. CU. Admiral Somerville. GV. British fleet at sea about to bombard Oran. SV. Naval guns firing salvo. LV. Naval guns firing salvo, & SCU. GV. French fleet in Oran being shelled. CU. Shell exploding in water alongside ship. Pan to battleship receiving direct hit. LV. Battleship receiving direct hits. LV. Shell exploding in water. LV. French battleships receiving direct hits and exploding, ship catching fire. LV. French battleship on fire and receiving more hits. CU. Shell hole torn in side of ship. GV. French battleship "Strasbourg" escaping and making her way out to sea. LV. French battleship in Oran Harbour still burning. GV. The escaping "Strasbourg" firing salvo.
SV. Map scene, panning from Oran up to Toulon. LV. French battleship in Toulon Harbour. SV. Another French battleship about to leave Toulon. LV. Destroyer. GV. French destroyer with French flag flying in Toulon Harbour. SCU. Map scene, panning from Toulon showing the escape route down to Gibraltar. GV. Air view, French fleet at sea nearing Gibraltar. Air shot of French battleships in line. GV. Rock of Gibraltar. GV. French destroyer passing the rock. GV. Rock in background with French destroyer passing it. Nearer shot of destroyer passing the rock. GV. Downing Street. LV. Admiral Sir Dudley Pound leaving No 10, & SCU. SCU. Winston Churchill leaving No 10. GV. French battleships and aircraft carrier at sea en route for Dakar, & nearer shot. SV. General de Gaulle on bridge of battleship with an officer. GV. Battleships on their way to Dakar. SV. Top view, French troops playing cards on deck. SV. French troops relaxing on deck. Ship lying off coast of Dakar. GV. Coast of Dakar, motorboat carrying De Gaulle's representatives on way to coast, & nearer shot. LV. French battleship laying off shore. LV. Motorboat returning from Dakar with wounded. SV. Top shot, wounded and representatives coming alongside ship. LV. Wounded being hauled up side of ship on stretcher. SCU. General De Gaulle on bridge of French battleship. A sequence of Admiral Darlan and General Dwight Eisenhower. GV. French battleships on fire after being scuttled in Toulon Harbour. LV. Pan, battleships scuttled and burning fiercely. SV. Battleship on fire. GV. The French battleship "Strasbourg" scuttled in the harbour at Toulon. SCU. Name on side of scuttled ship "Strasbourg". CU. Name "Nautour." GV. "Nautour" scuttled in the harbour. LV. Bill Symon interviewing Admiral North. CU. Admiral North speaking (natural sound): "Admiral Somerville and I have decided before directively deciding that we would not engage them unless we got the Admiralty's instruction to do so." LV. Admiral North being interviewed. He is asked whether he believes if he had attack and French had fought back, would British have won the engagement.
CU. Admiral North continues to speak: "Perfectly certain we should have lost it." CU. Picture of battleship presented to Admiral North by the Prince of Wales. SV. Admiral North's photographs together with an open case showing many medals. CU. Tracking shot of the medals in the open case. GV. Exterior of Admiral Sir Dudley North's home. Admiral North is gardening. SV. Admiral North showing the weeds in garden and is accompanied by his wife. SV. Admiral North gardening watched by his wife, he looks up at her. CU. Admiral North.
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