• Short Summary

    Stirring item shows the Axis troops in retreat across the desert as the 8th Army advances.

  • Description

    Titles read: "ROMMEL ON THE RUN".

    Middle East.

    Various shots of German tanks and equipment of the Afrika Korps left burning in the desert. Commentator talks of the first dramatic announcement telling of Rommel's retreat and our victorious advance. Infantry and tanks advance across the desert.

    We hear the voice of BBC War Correspondent in the Middle East Godfrey Talbot during his historic broadcast as he tells that the Axis forces in the desert are in full retreat. C/U of a map of North Africa showing location of Cairo. Afrika Korps trucks, tanks and half tracks move across the desert in retreat. Wrecked German tanks lie about. German soldiers carry dead or wounded comrades across the sand. Coffins with the Nazi flag draped over them.

    Various shots of the Eighth Army advancing with heavy artillery in action against Rommel's troops. The RAF are in support.

    C/U of Field Marshal Rommel. Various shots of crowds of German and Italian prisoners being herded in. M/S of General Sir Harold Alexander, Commander in Chief Middle East. M/S of Lieutenant General Bernard Montgomery, Eighth Army Commander. Silhouette of "the imperishable British soldier" standing in the desert with sunset behind.

    Note: El Alamein is not mentioned but that is where the main Allied offensive started from.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    hd format:
    HD at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:36:47:00 / 01:39:14:00

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