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Title:POLAND V GREAT BRITAIN FOOTBALL MATCH [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 344/2
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: A football match at the Baghdad Sports Ground, Iraq attended by Sayid Nuri as Said the Prime Minister of Iraq and other senior British, Polish and Iraqi figures. Some of the players on both teams are attributed to professional football teams.
Description: Palm trees and the entrance of the sports ground. View of the Union Jack and the Iraq flag. The Regent of Iraq arrives and is introduced to the British and Polish teams. He is followed around by General Henry Wilson, Commander in Chief of Paiforce and General Anders. He walks off the field and the game commences. There is a near miss for Britain. Various shots of the game. A shot taken just after Poland score. A penalty is saved by the British goalkeeper. View of the crowd. The two captains exchange national flags at half time, a Polish custom. The Polish player Hobowski takes a free kick. The crowd. Army vehicles lined up opposite the pavilion. Polish soldiers and members of the Auxiliary Territorial Service with British soldiers. Close-up of the Royal Box showing the Regent, the British Ambassador Sir K Cornwallis, and Generals Wilson and Anders watching the match. View of the game from the top of the pavilion. The crowd clapping after the game. The British players listed as belonging to clubs are Arthur Cunliffe (Burnley), Weekes (Crystal Palace), Wood (Leeds United), White (Liverpool), Lytham (Chesterfield), Bridge (Southport), Garbut (Shildon United) and Leech (Tottenham).
Production Details: War Office Film Unit (Production company)
Slade (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Anders, Władysław (person)
Cornwallis, Kinahan (person)
Wilson, Henry Maitland 'Jumbo' (person)
Sayid Nuri as Said (person)
Abdul-Illah, Emir of Iraq (person)
British Army (regiment/service)
Polish Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: Baghdad, Iraq (geography)
Western Desert 1940-1943, North Africa, Second World War (event)
North Africa 1939-1945 (theme)