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Title:ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS, BIR CAHELA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 306/4-1
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: The Royal Corps of Signals in a forward area at Bir Cahela, Libya.
Description: A signal officer on reconnaissance drives in his car to inspect the route. He examines the telephone lines and poles with binoculars and marks the information on a map. He examines the mass of wire at the base of the pole. A corporal of the Royal Engineers mine sweeping between the poles. He chalks a mark on the pole to indicate that the area has been swept. A lineman repairing a line at the top of a pole. A soldering iron is heated and passed up to him. An officer explains to a corporal details of the various mines unearthed. After the repairs the line is tightened by men on the ground hauling in the slack and then with a small hand winch. A big wireless set at Corps HQ used for keeping contact with units by telephone. The truck containing the wireless set. A jeep installed with a No. 19 wireless set used for mobile and short range work. An orderly approaches with a message which the officer sitting in the jeep transmits. Various shots of the lorry containing the telephone exchange at Corps HQ. Cables leading into it and shots of the operator at work. Cable laying in the forward areas. It is paid out of a drum mounted on a truck and pulled out by hand as the truck moves forward. It is then cut and a field telephone is connected. The lineman rings back at HQ to test the line and let them know that it is working. A plough opens a furrow in the ground and the cable is placed in it and covered. Officers and an NCO confer over a map which is marked with details of the route.