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Title:REMOVAL OF SUNKEN ENEMY BLOCKSHIPS AT MOUTH OF TRIPOLI HARBOUR [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 336/6/1
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Men of the Royal Navy and Royal South African Navy work to clear Tripoli Harbour of ships sunk by the Axis army to delay the progress of the landing of Allied supplies.
Description: An underwater explosion as the parts of the most seriously damaged ships under water are blasted. A diver of the Royal South African Navy is helped into his diving suit. The diver goes over the side of one of the blockships and makes his way along the side to the partially sunken vessel. Two men of the Royal Engineers operate the air pump that supplies the diver with oxygen. View of the sunken enemy ships blocking the harbour entrance. Chief Petty Officer Devonshire of the Royal South African Navy, in charge of diving operations, jumps into the water. Other divers walk down the steps. He comes up to the stage after making a survey of the damage underwater of the blockship. The sunken ships blocking the entrance to the harbour.