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Title:AIR AND GROUND TRAVELOGUE PRECEDING THE BATTLE FOR FIANARANTSOA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 277/1
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Fairey Fulmar of 796 Squadron Fleet Air Arm flies AFPU cameraman Sergeant Rottner over an area in central Madagascar to film the prepared positions in anticipation of the remaining French forces in Madagascar making a final stand.
Description: The Fulmar ready to take off from the improvised aerodrome over 4000 feet above sea level. General view of the aerodrome. The Commanding Officer. From the airport to the town of Ambohimahasoa. Take off from the landing ground at Camp Robin. Briefing the pilot. Over the Alakamisy positions, taken from 300 feet. The railway station at Fianarantsoa and the town. The roads from Fianarantsoa to Ambalavao. The roads back to Camp Robin showing road obstructions. Views behind enemy positions. South African armoured cars clearing obstructions. The signpost at Ambohimahasoa. Vehicles entering the town. Trees being removed from the roads. Armoured cars pulling down a roadblock. Felled trees. Senegalese prisoners removing obstructions from the road. A machine gun position covering the road. A captured French colonel. Brigadier W A Dimoline of the 22nd East African Brigade with the South African Armoured Cars. The signpost at the entry to Fianarantsoa. The Brigadier is met by the local authorities and takes over the town. The armoured cars in the square with the tricolour in the background. The World War I war memorial. The King's African Rifles mount guard.
Production Details: Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Rottner, G H (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Dimoline, William Alfred (person)
British Army, 22nd East African Infantry Brigade (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm, 796 Naval Air Squadron (regiment/service)
South African Army, 1st South African Armoured Car Regiment (regiment/service)
British Army, King's African Rifles (regiment/service)
Keywords: Alakamisy, Madagascar (geography)
Ambalavao, Madagascar (geography)
Fianarantsoa, Madagascar (geography)
Ambohimahasoa, Madagascar (geography)
British Occupation of Madagascar 1942, Indian Ocean, Second World War (event)
East Africa 1939-1945 (theme)