• Short Summary

    THE EGYPTIAN ARMY IS TRAINING YOUNG TEAMS OF "SWIMMING SOLDIERS" ABLE TO FIGHT AN ENEMY IN WATER.

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    INSTRUCTOR DEMONSTRATING; WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT; GROUP PRACTISING; IN WATER.




    Initials GEP/VS/PW/SC



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE EGYPTIAN ARMY IS TRAINING YOUNG TEAMS OF "SWIMMING SOLDIERS" ABLE TO FIGHT AN ENEMY IN WATER. THE FIRST OF THESE GROUPS IS IN TRAINING NOW IN A CAIRO SWIMMING BATHS LEARNING SUITABLE COMBAT TECHNIQUES.

    INSTRUCTORS ARE TEACHING THE MEN TO FIGHT - LARGELY WITHOUT WEAPONS - AS WELL AS AQUATIC SKILLS LIKE SWIMMING BLINDFOLDED, OR WITH ARMS AND LEGS TIED, AND SWIMMING WITH ONE HAND WHILE CARRYING A GUN OR A KNIFE. IMPROVISED BUOYANCY AIDS, LIKE AIR CAUGHT IN GARMENTS, ARE BEING SHOWN. THE MEN ALSO LEARN METHODS OF SWIMMING FOR A LONG TIME BENEATH THE SURFACE OR CONCEALED BY AN UPTURNED BUCKET OR BY FOLIAGE.

    THESE NEW GROUPS ARE PART OF THE REORGANISATION OF THE EGYPTIAN ARMY AFTER THE 1967 DEFEATS. EGYPTIAN OFFICIALS SAY THAT PRESENT CONDITIONS OF WAR, WITH EGYPTIAN AND ISRAELI TROOPS FACING EACH OTHER ACROSS THE SUEZ CANAL, MAKE THESE UNDERWATER TEAMS NECESSARY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7BKN0AIFZ47OZ9OVVWFU6HZEN
    Media URN:
    VLVA7BKN0AIFZ47OZ9OVVWFU6HZEN
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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