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Title:DESERTERS AT SEDJENANE; ARAB MARKET ARRANGED BY ALLIED HQ; GRAVEYARD AT SEDJENANE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 335/4
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Two Yugoslav deserters, found fully armed by an Arab four km from Sedjenane, Tunisia. They are from the 10th Bersaglieri Italian Infantry Regiment. A market at Aien Sabaa organised by 5th Corps HQ with a view to gaining Arab support for the North African campaign. It is run by representatives of the English, French and American forces in cooperation with local chieftains. A war cemetery near Sedjenane, made and maintained by volunteers for their dead comrades.
Description: 25 January. The prisoners and their escort walking down the main street. The prisoners and the Arab who found them. The prisoners eating a meal with the Arab and the sergeant of the Field Security Police.
30 January. Arabs waiting for the sale to start. The Union Jack along with French and American flags attached to a tree at the side of a clearing. Arab women and children. A donkey in the market with a pile of bicycles behind him. Officers handing cloth to an Arab chieftain. An Arab chief buying tea and sugar. British Army representatives talking to Arab chiefs. One is 80 years-old and has the Croix de Guerre and Medal Militaire. Representatives of the Allied forces talking to Arab chiefs.
2 February. View of the cemetery. None of the names on the headstones are legible. Men walking around the cemetery.