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Title:HIGHLANDERS IN THE DESERT; ARMY CATERING CORPS SCHOOL OF COOKERY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 261/2-3
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: The Seaforth Highlanders marching in the Western Desert. Cookery school at the Eighth Army Rest Camp, Western Desert.
Description: AYY 261/2. 16 September. Men of the Seaforth Highlanders on the march with their piper, W Macdonald of Inverness-shire, Scotland. Bren carriers loaded with infantry racing towards the cover of a ridge. The Highlanders and men from another platoon climbing up the ridge. The men marching in their sections, Piper Macdonald leads his section. Piper Macdonald playing to the men as they rest after a two hour march. They march again.
Also shots of the 152nd Brigade, 51st Division, just arrived from England.
AYY 261/3. 21 September. Demonstration of making stoves from empty petrol cans, mud and sand. Quarter Master Sergeant Moulding lectures to students with notebooks. Major Jeffreys, Army Catering Supervisor, with students who have passed out after a two week course. He tests some student cooking. Students at work preparing food in the kitchen under supervision. One man cooks steaks. Men peeling potatoes. Instruction in how to cut meat. A supervisor tastes the food and looks satisfied. Sergeant Moulding demonstrates how not to make pastry with examples of bad kitchen practice.
Production Details: Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Rodwell, K (Production individual)
Deeming, E A (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Eighth Army (regiment/service)
British Army, 22nd Armoured Brigade (regiment/service)
British Army, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's) (regiment/service)
British Army, 152nd Brigade (regiment/service)
Keywords: Egypt (geography)
El Alamein 1942, North Africa, Second World War (event)
North Africa 1939-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 618 ft; Running time: 7 mins
Notes: AYY 261/2. Piper Macdonald is a stretcher bearer during action.
AYY 261/3. Staff Sergeant Leyton and Sergeant Bate are mentioned in the dope sheet as staff at the cookery school but it is not clear if they appear in the film.