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    Good shots of scenes of prisoner exchanges facilitated by the Red Cross with Arab women released from the French Hospital and Jewish female prisoners-of-war met by Haganah soldiers

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    Unused / unissued footage - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.

    Israel / Palestine

    MS Tracking shot past simple, windowless stone buildings by the road. MS A stationary motor coach containing Jewish women being exchanged under an agreed prisoner exchange.

    CU. Moving shot, hand holding Red Cross flag out of the window of travelling car. MS The Red Cross car of the delegate Dr.Courvoisier, of the Red Cross, stops to begin the prisoner exchange. LS An official (possibly Dr Courvoisier) taking the flag of the International Red Cross of Geneva from the car and walking towards Jewish lines. He is standing in a remote rural location and is waving the flag at unseen observers. (6 shots). CU Red Cross flag. LS A village boy rides by on a donkey. LS Rear view of village boy on donkey, passing a woman carrying something on her head. LS General view over the desert, low bare mountains in a bleak landscape. (2 shots). LS Arab donkey train passing along road, carrying bales of hay. LS Evening shot of Arab men and women walking home along the road, women carrying baskets on their heads. MS Scene as Red Cross worker has papers examined by his car. The Red Cross official (Dr Courvoisier ?) points something out on his map. A small flock of sheep pass the parked Red Cross car. The car drives off revealing a small Arab settlement in the valley behind the road. (5 shots).

    MS Various shots of Jewish women prisoners who are being exchanged walking into the Jewish sector. Many of the prisoners are young Haganah women. They are met on the road by soldiers who give them milk to drink. The groups of soldiers and women ex-prisoners continue along the road, one man carrying the Torah.

    MS Various shots of Arab soldiers and Red Cross helpers waiting with stretchers by the Jewish lines at the French Hospital which has been occupied by Haganah forces. A group of men waiting with stretchers. The Arab delegation at the gates of the hospital with a Christian monk. The delegation being admitted and crossing the ruins of buildings. A man waves a small flag of the Red Crescent / Red Cross as he picks his way over the rubble of the bombed building. A sick child being carried out. Wounded Arab women and girls being carried out, two to a stretcher. General views of the Jewish lines in the area of the French Hospital, a damaged church, rubble blocking the road.

    MS and CU. Various shots of Jewish women fighters laughing, singing and marching to the exchange (possibly in the North at Tourkharm, where the women were returned to Haganah by the Arab Legion, who did not consider the women to be combatants). One girl meeting her fiancé. More shots of women on the march, one playing her mouth organ, one carrying the Torah, waving at people watching.

    MS More negotiations between Haganah, the Church and Arabs at the site of the French Hospital. Various shots of Arab women being evacuated from the hospital, older women walking out over the rubble, another being carried out in a chair. Officials taking notes. Ruins of bombed building, pan to city wall (possibly the Arab front-line). Women walking out of the gates past armed guards. A row of Arab (?) sentries on the city wall above, pan to monk in the courtyard below. A religious statue in the grounds of the church / monastery. A groups of women, one holding a child, possibly appealing for food.

    LS A Red Cross official (Dr Courvoisier ?) walks along the road ahead of his stationary car, holding the Red Cross flag. Tracking shot of the Red Cross vehicle, driving up to the prisoner exchange point on the road. Buses full of Jewish women prisoners-of-war. Various shots of negotiations on the road., the women get out of the buses, one carrying the Torah and marching off down the road. Various tracking shots of the Red Cross convoy with the buses following, passing through roads lined with Arab refugees, and villages with crowds lining the streets. Various shots of Red Cross car and motor coaches carrying Jewish women exchanges moving into Jewish-held territory. The Red Cross flag flying from the bonnet of the car.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:11:29:00 / 01:20:41:00
    UN 1963 A

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