• Short Summary

    Mediterranean fleet takes over Italian island of Pantellaria.

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    PANTELLERIA - FIRST PICTURES

    Several shots of Mediterranean Fleet heading towards island of Pantellaria (Pantelleria). Admiral of the Fleet Sir Andrew Cunningham and General Dwight Eisenhower onboard one of the ships. Various shots of the fleet assembling off the coast. Several shots of a smoke screen being laid. Various shots of naval barrage from the ships hammering the coast of Pantellaria. Some air support but mainly from the sea. Various shots of the navy moving towards battered Pantellaria.

    (Mute & Track Negs.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1085.26
    Media URN:
    38096
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    21/06/1943
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:48:30:00 / 01:51:18:00
    Canister:
    43/49

Comments (1)

  1. hattrickpatrick says

    The "British Cruiser" referred to, and from which the film footage was taken, was HMS Aurora. This can be verified by reference to Chapter IX of the book "The Silver Phantom" written by the ship's company of "Aurora", first published in 1945. As well as Cunningham and Eisenhower, the footage also includes brief shots of the said ship's captain at that time, W G (Bill) Agnew, who is seen on the bridge, looking through his binoculars.

    From the same source, other ships in the bombarding force are given as the cruisers Newfoundland, Orion, Penelope, and Euryalus, together with a destroyer escort under the command of Admiral Harcourt.

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