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Title:XMAS DAY WITH THE ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS, AND RETURN OF PATROL OF IRISH FUSILIERS AFTER ATTACK ON THE ENEMY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 298-4
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Royal Irish Fusiliers in the desert.
Description: I. 25 December. The Royal Irish Fusiliers of the 6th Armoured Division in forward positions on Christmas Day on the front line in Tunisia. The men queuing for Christmas Dinner. The troops eating dinner followed by dessert. A Bofors anti-aircraft gun being put into position for the defence of the Irish Fusiliers. Irish Fusiliers receiving communion in the field from Father Scallon. The altar is placed in the bushes due to the proximity of the enemy.
II. 29 December. Smokescreen covering the return of the patrol from an attack at Goubellat, Tunisia. The officers and men approaching the camp on their return, one officer is wounded.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 200 ft (ca); Running time: 2 mins
Notes: Technical: all four parts of AYY 298 are held on the same reel.
Summary: Major Horsfall, Major Murphy and Captain O'Farrell of the Royal Irish Fusiliers are referred to in the dope sheet but it is not clear if they appear in the film.