• Short Summary

    El Alamein in October 1972 is a small, quiet, dusty little outpost in the Egyptian desert -- significant only for its massive war cemeteries.

  • Description

    1.
    GV War cemetery, El Alamein, 1972. (2 shots)
    0.08

    2.
    MV & SVs old tanks in desert, 1972. (3 shots)
    0.22

    3.
    SCUs INTERIOR.. busts of Rommel and Montgomery in El Alamein museum, 1972. (2 shots)
    0.29

    4.
    SVs British troops preparing for battle near El Alamein, 1942. (5 shots)
    0.45

    5.
    GV General Montgomery (right) and Air Vice-Marshal Cunningham at battle preparations
    0.50

    6.
    SVs & GVs British tanks and aircraft moving into battle and battle in progress with tanks, aircraft, artillery and infantry (37 shots)
    2.16

    7.
    SVs dead German soldiers (3 shots)
    2.21

    8.
    SVs & CUs captured prisoners (5 shots)
    2.34



    Initials ES. 1620 ES. 1700


    This film, issued for the thirtieth anniversary of El Alamein, includes current film of El Alamein war graves and old tank and artillery relics, together with library footage of the battle of El Alamein at its height.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: El Alamein in October 1972 is a small, quiet, dusty little outpost in the Egyptian desert -- significant only for its massive war cemeteries. There lie the graves of thousands of British, Allied, German and Italian soldiers killed in the fierce twelve-day battle, which was to mark the turning-point of the war in North Africa. In contrast to today's quiet stillness, El Alamein in October 1942 was a seething mass of battling armies. Britain's General Montgomery and Air Vice Marshal Cunningham fought the Axis army of German and Italian troops commanded by Field-Marshal Rommel. The British Eighth Army counter-attack began on October 23, after it had stood defensively at El Alamein against Rommel's lightning attack during his push towards Cairo. The Allied Desert Air Force backed up the Eight Army with the biggest air support operation ever mounted in the desert. The pattern for victory was set after twelve day's of uncertainty -- and by May the following year, it was all over. Allied troops entered Tunis and Bizerta; the Axis forces laid down their arms; and the Mediterranean was opened to Allied shipping and the eventual invasion of Sicily and Italy.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADYTUBLY5RBTT8M1UDLFQ07I7K
    Media URN:
    VLVADYTUBLY5RBTT8M1UDLFQ07I7K
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment