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Title:213 BATTERY, ANTI-AIRCRAFT (FRENCH); THE FIFTH MOTORCYCLE SQUADRON; FRENCH TROOPS IN ROBAA SECTOR [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 398/1
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: A gun crew and motorcycle reconnaissance unit of the French 19th Corps at Siliana, Tunisia.
Description: A horn is sounded by the spotter as the alarm for the gun crew of the 213 Anti-Aircraft Battery. The crew run to their positions on the 13.2mm heavy machine guns. Men resting before and after the action. The men at the Battery cookhouse with their mascots: a donkey, a hedgehog and a dog. The men eating their eleven o'clock meal. One of the lieutenants completing the Battery coat of arms and motto. Motorcycles with sidecars of the 5th Motorcycle Squadron, 7th Regiment starting up and advancing along the road. The motorcycles working across the open fields in extended order. Men maintaining their motorcycles accompanied by their mascot, a pig. A French signals truck attached to 19th Corps at work. General Mathenet (Commander of 1st Moroccan Division) talking to a French war correspondent at his headquarters near Robaa. Guards going out to their posts at dusk. Cooking a sheep on a spit among the ruins at Robaa. A French priest removing his robes after giving Holy Communion on Easter Sunday. Two French soldiers praying. A French signaller fixes wires on a telegraph pole on the Pont du Fahs road.
Production Details: War Office Film Unit (Production company)
Meyer (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Mathenet, Maurice-Noël-Eugène (person)
Free French Army, XIX Corps, 7th Regiment, 5th Motorcycle Squadron (regiment/service)
Free French Army, XIX Corps, 213 Anti-Aircraft Battery (regiment/service)
Free French Army, 1st Moroccan Infantry Division (regiment/service)
Keywords: Robaa, Tunisia (geography)
Siliana, Tunisia (geography)
Tunisia 1942-1943, North Africa, Second World War (event)
North Africa 1939-1945 (theme)