Three adventures from the United States are trying to match the feat of Carthaginian commander Hannibla who marched his army and elephants over the French Alps, more than two thousand years ago.
SV Elephants led through Alpine town, Modane
LV Landrover carrying supplies, and walkers with packs on backs
GV AND ZOOM OUT Children in Braman watching elephants pass
LV Expeditioners leading elephants past church in high meadow
GV AND ZOOM OUT Snow-capped peak in Alps
SV Expedition walking up mountain road, PAN TO one man prodding elephant
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Background: Three adventures from the United States are trying to match the feat of Carthaginian commander Hannibla who marched his army and elephants over the French Alps, more than two thousand years ago. The two men and a woman are only an army of three, and the elephants number only two. They began the most demanding part of their journey at the town of Modane, in France.
SYNOPSIS: The group reached the town of Modane a few days behind schedule. They had rented the elephants from a circus in Rome, and led them from the banks of the Italian river Tiber to the French river l'Arc. But not without some difficulty. Jack Wheeler, his fiancee Jacqueline Vial and Sam Oschin were making progress on elephant-back up the l'Arc valley in the ??? district of Savoy, France, using mule tracks. Then, arriving at a busy main road, police feared a panic by the elephants and insisted they be loaded onto a lorry.
The expedition passed the mountain village of Braman on Wednesday (12 September) to being the assault next day on the over six and a half thousand foot high (2,200 metres) Col Du Petit Mont-Cenis.
After crossing the first Col, they faced an even higher pass at Clapier, before arriving at the Italian town of Suze. The expedition may be smaller in size than Hannibal's trek more than two thousand years ago, and they don't seek the fall of Rome, but the elephants of today are no more eager to go mountaineering than they ever were.