By continuing to use this site without changing your cookie settings,
and for us to access our cookies on your device.
Title:LIFE IN THE TANKS; BURNING MARK III TANK; WESTERN DESERT [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 257/1
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Scenes of tank routine in the Eighth Army, some enacted. Activity in the Western Desert.
Description: 27 August. Tank commander consults his map and checks the intercommunication system. Interiors of tank and guns. Ammunition and petrol is distributed to the tanks. Rapid fire by the 2 pounder gun on a Crusader tank and from a Besa gun. The operator throws out empty shell cases and moves off. Stukas returning from a bombing raid; two of them are shot down. Burning remains of the Stukas and bodies of the occupants.
5 September. Advancing in the rear of a tank battle which has moved on, an infantry patrol of the Royal Sussex Regiment (133rd Brigade), come upon a still burning German Mark III tank. They take precautions against being spotted. Blazing tank.
4 September. Blazing transport after defensive enemy fire following a night attack by the 132nd Brigade on Italian and German infantry positions at Deir El Munassib. Exploding ammunition.
Production Details: Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Flack (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Hopkinson, Peter Richard Gunton1920-06-272007-06-28Hopkinson started him career in the film industry at the age of 16 as a clapper boy at Ealing Studios, then working at Denham Studios. He volunteered for overseas service in 1941and was an AFPU photographer and informant in the "Wartime Filming" interview project. He was sent to Persia initially to make a film about getting supplies through to Russia and made many other films in the Western Desert. He joined the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA). His career after the war was mainly filming documentaries and his last documentary was Whickers War, made in 2004. (Production individual)
Groom, G (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Eighth Army (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Sussex Regiment (regiment/service)
Keywords: Deir El Munassib, Egypt (geography)
El Alamein 1942, North Africa, Second World War (event)
North Africa 1939-1945 (theme)