Near the oil-wells of Hassi R'Mel - between Laghouat and Ghardais - in the French Sahara Visnews recently filmed manoeuvres of French airborne troops under General Challe.
Air V Transport plane in flight
CU Propeller of Transport plane with another in background.
CU Pilot looking into mirror.
GV Men of the Parachute regiment being dropped.
GV Parachute landing.
Air shot Small parachute leaving plane followed by army jeeps and larger parachutes.
GV Military supplies being dropped by parachute.
CU Wireless operator.
GV Pan From supplies being dropped to ground.
GV Supplies landing.
SV Three men preparing jeep.
SCU Removing bales of straw from landing platform.
LV Jeep being driven from landing platform.
GV Jeep away.
GV Jeep towing field guns crossing the Sahara Desert.
GV General Challe and General Matsu with other officers looking on.
GU Crew loading field gun.
GV Guns firing.
GV Officers observing firing.
GV Jeeps lined up for inspection.
LV General Challe inspecting jeeps.
SV Pan Ditto.
SV General Matsu shaking hands with troops.
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Background: Near the oil-wells of Hassi R'Mel - between Laghouat and Ghardais - in the French Sahara Visnews recently filmed manoeuvres of French airborne troops under General Challe.
During the exercise 40 jeeps, 4 trailers, 6 recoilless 10.6-cm guns, 3 12-cm mortars and other material and personnel were dropped by 29 Nord-2501 transport planes.
Hassi M'Rel is the third important oil field in the Sahara. Oil was struck here only last month. A sum of GBP97M. has been allotted by the French Government for the development of Sahara oil schemes.