Shots of war in Libya - Italian POWs and Allies advancing in desert.
Unedited material from 1941. Original issue number unknown. Battle of Bardia.
Bardia, Libya, North Africa.
Aerial shots of coast. We see towns on cliffs and in desert. L/S of aeroplane landing. L/S of people in robes walking over dessert hillside. C/U of battered sign for 'Porto Bardia'. Various shots of Italian prisoners of war. Various shots of abandoned army vehicles. M/S of pilot getting into plane. Various shots of Allied soldiers advancing across desert. Various shots of injured soldiers being moved on stretchers from ambulance. Various shots of soldiers guarding POWs. M/S of camouflaged army vehicle. We see the POWs being herded into a desert compound and along a road by the sea. High angled L/S of bombed out buildings - abandoned Italian base?
More shots of towns and ships in harbour. C/U of sign reading 'Carabinieri Reali'. More aerial shots of towns, sea and Italian POWs in dessert. We see Italian POWs crammed onto lorries and trudging on foot. More aerial shots of desert; we see tanks and military vehicles advancing, also POW compound seen from air. Various shots of bombed ruins of buildings. C/U of sign reading 'via Benito Mussolini'. We see soldiers taking furniture from ruined buildings. Various C/Us of dead Italian soldiers. Some viewers may find these shots disturbing: bodies have suffered terrible wounds, some are showing signs of decay. M/S of abandoned Italian camp. C/U of sign reading via Benito Australia, some one has crossed it out and written Australia over the top. Various shots of soldiers marching about town. More shots of POWs.
Note: see also Pathe Gazette stories RAPID ADVANCE IN LIBYA (on tape *PM1069*, film id 1069.05) and THE WAR IN LIBYA BARDIA (on tape *PM1067*, film id 1067.18). This item may be cuts (out takes / rushes) from one or both of these stories.
Note: this item is located in vault with rest of 1941 material.