• Short Summary

    Good shots of battles in desert and Australians capturing Italian POWs.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Authentic Battle Pictures from Libya".

    Libya, North Africa.

    Various shots of armoured vehicles passing the camera, crossing the desert. C/U of British officer looking through binoculars, Mediterranean sea in background. M/S of tanks advancing through sand storm in the desert. M/S soldiers laying telephone wire in desert. C/U of army radio operator. L/S of aeroplanes flying overhead. Some good shots of field guns firing in a duel with the enemy artillery (narrator says these are rare shots). C/U of solider on telephone. M/S soldiers looking at map. More shots of artillery firing. L/S of aeroplane. Various L/Ss of burning oil tanks. More shots shelling, explosions and fighter planes flying over desert. Various shots of Australian soldiers and British tanks advancing across the desert under heavy fire. Good shots of heavy Howitzer firing.

    Various shots Australian troops marching into town, they check for land mines. Various shots of Australian troops rounding up Italian prisoners of war at Mogadishu, the Italians hold their hands up. M/S of Australians with a captured Italian flag. Pan up a flagpole which an Australian is climbing, an Aussie hat flies from the top. Various shots of wrecked Italian gun position. A dead body is slumped over the gun, a white dog sniffs it. Various shots of Australian soldiers rescuing abandoned puppies from gun position. More shots of Italian POWs. British soldiers search the POWs, one has his wallet confiscated. M/S of injured POW being carried on stretcher by "men of the RAMC". C/U of grave marked by rifle with white flag, pan to injured POW lying on ground being cared for by Medical Corps. More shots of Italian POWs. Good shots of Australian troops silhouetted against a sunset. Good shot of a sunset over the desert.

    Note: aeroplanes seen are Lysanders and Gladiators.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:45:34:00 / 01:49:50:00

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