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Title:BATTLE of El ALAMEIN; COLUMN ACTIVITY; AUSTRALIAN 9TH DIVISION [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 237/1-3
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: British and Australian troops in action near El Alamein.
Description: AYY 237/1. 5 July 1942. D Troop, 83/85 Battery, 11th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery in an artillery duel on the El Alamein ridge. 25 pounders in action. Shell bursts. Tanks moving up. Command post of troops in constant touch with guns by radio. Gun position officer calculating the range and direction of the enemy target. This unit left India 12 months before.
AYY 237/2. 4 July 1942. A mobile column consisting of six 25 pounder guns, three Bofor ack-ack guns, six 6 pounders and one motorised infantry company, under the command of Major Lomass, Royal Horse Artillery (RHA). The Major holds a conference with other officers and locates the enemy. As light breaks, the blue flag goes up and the column moves off. 25 pounders open fire.
AYY 237/3. 8 July 1942. The Australian 9th Division moves forward towards El Alamein to take up positions. Anti-tank guns and twenty five pounders passing along the coast road. Bren gun carriers and Crusader tanks of the Divisional Cavalry Regiment. Infantry of the 26th Battalion carrying out manoeuvres along the sand dunes near El Alamein. Australian ack-ack cleaning and preparing their Bofors gun.