IWM Desert Victory

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  1. mikky

    mikky Member

    IWM Desert Victory (58.14)

    Object description

    Desperate situation following fall of Tobruk. 8th Army conducts a fighting retreat of 400 miles, deliberately falling back on El Alamein, a naturally strong defensive line. Imminent battle approaches in importance the Battle of Britain. German advance halted. Churchill visits troops bringing new commanders and promise of reinforcements. Montgomery: a modern Cromwell. British and US war production. Lines of supply described. Further German attacks defeated. 8th Army receives Shermans. Rommel's supplies disrupted by air attack. Alexander speaks on the value of training and physical fitness. Disposition of German and Allied forces. Value of joint planning. Montgomery ensures that every soldier understands his role in the coming offensive. Opening barrage. Detailed description of the battle and British breakthrough. Afrika Korps "utterly broken and possessed of no thought but flight". Rommel abandons Italians. Allied pursuit - 1400 miles in 80 days, a "feat unparalleled in military history". Naval role in supplying advancing troops. Italian Empire has been extinguished. Film ends with a triumphant military parade in Tripoli. Film deliberately degrades Rommel's military reputation, and emphasises Allied strength - featuring a wide variety of military equipment - and the remorseless pursuit - advancing armour, strafing runs, columns of prisoners, etc.
    Physical description


    35mm
     
  2. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Have this on video too, they were released a few years ago.
     
  3. mikky

    mikky Member

    It's free here [​IMG]

    Mike
     
  4. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    This film gets a mention in the 24th Lancer War Diary -

    18/3/43 Selected all ranks of the Regiment attended at the Doric Cinema, Newmarket. Subject:- Film “Desert Victory”.

    DESERT VICTORY [Main Title]

    DESERT VICTORY

    Full description
    Desperate situation following fall of Tobruk. 8th Army conducts a fighting retreat of 400 miles, deliberately falling back on El Alamein, a naturally strong defensive line. Imminent battle approaches in importance the Battle of Britain. German advance halted. Churchill visits troops bringing new commanders and promise of reinforcements. Montgomery: a modern Cromwell. British and US war production. Lines of supply described. Further German attacks defeated. 8th Army receives Shermans. Rommel's supplies disrupted by air attack. Alexander speaks on the value of training and physical fitness. Disposition of German and Allied forces. Value of joint planning. Montgomery ensures that every soldier understands his role in the coming offensive. Opening barrage. Detailed description of the battle and British breakthrough. Afrika Korps "utterly broken and possessed of no thought but flight". Rommel abandons Italians. Allied pursuit - 1400 miles in 80 days, a "feat unparalleled in military history". Naval role in supplying advancing troops. Italian Empire has been extinguished. Film ends with a triumphant military parade in Tripoli. Film deliberately degrades Rommel's military reputation, and emphasises Allied strength - featuring a wide variety of military equipment - and the remorseless pursuit - advancing armour, strafing runs, columns of prisoners, etc.

    Production date: 1943-03-06
     
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  5. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    What would they have used as a source for the clearly German footage in the documentary?
     
  6. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Given that the film was made after the Allies took Tripoli one imagines that there was captured German film stock available.
     
  7. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Churchill had copies of the film sent to Roosevelt and Stalin
     

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