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Title:LIFE IN THE TANKS, WESTERN DESERT [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 272/1
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: A tank crew in the Central Sector, Alamein Line, 13 to 20 October.
Description: Loading ammunition onto tanks. A lorry carrying ammunition approaches a Cruiser tank. The ammunition is placed on the tailboard and taken aboard by the crew. The men on the tailboard wave goodbye to the tank crew. The lorry moves off. The ammunition is placed in a hole at the top of the tank. The tank crew being served and eating sausages at breakfast. A petrol carrier is parked behind a tank and petrol tins are handed down from the tailboard. One of the crew jabs holes in the can. A man on the tank pours the petrol into the container. Tanks appear in the distance coming over the hill and into the valley. An observer looks out from the turret of one of the tanks. Tanks start up and break the leaguer, moving to take up positions. A cloud of dust is left behind. Tanks move across the desert behind the wreckage of a crashed plane. A sentry takes up duty with the tanks. He goes on patrol, and looks ahead into the sunset. An officer gives the sentry his orders. The tank crew having breakfast. Cans of sausages are opened and the sausages placed on a petrol fire. The sausages frying. Mess tins on the ground.