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    Various shots of material being unloaded in Italian quay.

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    Unused / unissued material. - Location and dates unknown / unclear.


    Various shots of military equipment and vehicles being loaded and unloaded from ships on quay. American and British sailors and soldiers are involved in off loading ships (including a number of Afro-American troops). Shots of troops coming ashore.

    Various shots of Italian military people and civilians.

    Shots of warships at sea. Troops disembark from ship. Various shots of ships and tugs at work. More shots of docks at work.

    Shots of people in harbour area - walking over bridge. Various shots around town. Some shots of bomb or shell damage. More shots of harbour.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:46:27:00 / 01:52:38:00
    UN 713 C

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  1. Unknown user says

    Very interesting film as it records Operation Slapstick, the landing (by sea) of the 1st Airborne Division in Taranto in September of 1943.

    The first 2 minutes show the loading of troops and equipment in Tunis. From then on, the action takes place in and around Taranto, as we can see the harbour, the castle and the famous swing metal bridge with a tram line on it.

    Exiting this bridge appears a Jeep carrying three soldiers and duffel bags, showing a Red Cross on the hood and in the windscreen the famous Pegasus and the AoS (Arm of Service) number 117 on black background that identifies the 181st (Airlanding) Field Ambulance (just like their Jeeps at Arnhem a year later). Nice detail the modified position of the spare wheel, moved from the back to the right side (before it was standardised in front of the grille), to allow for the fitting of the folding stretcher support so typical in ambulance Jeeps, as are the two clips in the hood besides the Red Cross marking.

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