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Title:EIGHTH ARMY COMMANDER'S VISIT TO BENGHAZ [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 286/3-2
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Activity in Benghazi, Libya during the North African campaign.
Description: 28 November. General Montgomery leaves Navy House and visits the cathedral, watched by a few soldiers. He chats to one of the priests. He eats a lunch of bully beef and cold potatoes in his car, in a quiet street overlooking the harbour. He poses for a photograph taken by a Royal Army Service Corps sergeant and stops to talk to Lieutenant General Leese, 30 Corps Commander.
27 November. Petrol and other supplies are brought ashore by barges from cargo boats lying in the harbour. The barges move amongst bombed Axis shipping and blown up harbour moles.
25 November. Debris left by the Germans on an Axis airfield, fuselages and engines. Two minesweepers entering Benghazi harbour on the night of 25 November. They are followed by cargo carrying supplies. Petrol is unloaded from the ships and taken to shore in barges. Men from the Royal Army Service Corps wait to take the petrol away. Overhead a minesweeper Wellington flies across the harbour.