• Short Summary

    Allied troops with Arab Legion take Fort Rutbah in the desert.

  • Description

    Title reads: "The war in Iraq".

    C/U of a map of Iraq, showing position of Fort Rutbah. Various shots of men of the Arab Legion. M/S of RAF (Royal Air Force) aeroplanes being prepared for take off. C/U of line of bombs. C/U of British soldiers examining head-dress of Iraqi soldier. Panning shot of Iraqi soldiers lying in shallow pits with rifles pointed. Various good shots of an RAF light bomber bombing enemy positions. M/S of a look-outpost of the Arab Legion who are watching the attack.

    Various shots of armoured cars crossing the desert and entering the gate of Fort Rutbah. Pan around the fort which is littered with debris, it is a typical old style desert fort and ramparts surrounding a square courtyard. M/S of Allied troops removing the white flag that had been left flying over the fort by the retreating enemy. Various shots of Arabs who live at Rutbah emerging from their hiding places, we see them being interrogated by British intelligence officers. Various shots of the debris that litters the fort, including saucy pin ups stuck to inside of crate.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:11:53:00 / 01:13:21:00

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