• Short Summary

    Events in the Middle East include Jan Smuts inspecting troops, and tanks arriving.

  • Description

    Item title reads - Events in the Middle East.

    Various shots of American freighters at Middle East port, tanks are hoisted ashore ready to join the fight. M/S as they test fire on ranges. M/S of South African Prime Minister Field Marshal Jan Smuts arriving at aerodrome in Middle East to visit his men. Various shots as they gather around whilst he makes a speech. They give three cheers and he drives through smiling and saluting.

    Various shots of transport vessels from Vichy France in a Syrian port. Various shots of British and Imperial forces who were taken prisoner and transported through several countries now disembarking. C/U of one prisoner smiling, another is wearing Arab head-dress. The camera pans across them all. Various shots as they eat heartily in the Mess.

    Various shots as General Dentz arrives in Jerusalem to act as hostage until all captured British officers are released. He is treated with courtesy and respect.

    Various shots of Vichy troops arriving back in Marseilles on ship, they wave. Various shots as they disembark, one soldier runs off the ship into the arms of his wife / girlfriend.

    Cataloguer's note: the actual story starts at 01:21:12 after the Pathe titles.

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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:
    01:20:51:00 / 01:23:24:00

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