• Short Summary

    British troops arrive to Azores - they build the airfield there.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "AZORES - FIRST PICTURES".

    Azores, North Atlantic, Portugal.

    Various shots of British warships off the Azores. Long shots of the small ships taking the men ashore from warships. Close up shot of a map showing position of Azores. Union Jack flying. Pan to main town of Azores. Various shots of the supplies arriving at the small harbour, bren gun carriers, lorries oil, etc. R.A.F. (Royal Air Force) and Naval officers talking with Portuguese official. Various shots of the military personnel together with Portuguese workers busy building airfield. They use bulldozers and excavators. RAF B.17 bomber landing. Various shots of the soldiers eating at open air cookhouse. A casualty in the airfield erection is carried on a stretcher into the local hospital. Various shots of the Portuguese women helping our men with their washing. Several shots of the two Dakotas arriving, one bringing Air Commodore Brackley, the other Air Commodore Powell. The meeting means a link with east and west in mid-Atlantic. Several long shots, some aerial, of airfield.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1097.29
    Media URN:
    38267
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1943
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:50:01:00 / 01:54:00:00
    Canister:
    43/102

Comments (1)

  1. sanmartinian says

    Excellent video.
    My father was the commanding officer of the Portuguese Navy Destroyer Task Force.
    He welcomed the Home Fleet arriving at the Azores shown on this video. I can't be sure, but I believe the second ship shown was my father's ship. British and Portuguese destroyers at this stage of the war were of the same class, and I cannot distinguish the flag or other markings.
    I was twelve at the time and remember my father's leading ship suffered a severe accident when throwing depth charges at German U-boats, off S. Miguel, Azores. Although Portugal was officially neutral during WW2 (to avoid adding the Iberian Peninsula to the war theatres) the Anglo-Portuguese alliance worked in full as the video shows.
    I still have my father's medal for the action.
    My father was camera shy, and we can't see him in the video.
    But we can see the local officials comically dressed up for the occasion and the brave local population showing the poverty of those terrible war days.

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