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Title:AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE IN NORTH AFRICA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 429
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: The 1st Division, 2nd US Corps in the Mateur area. Material shot for the Tunisian Campaign film.
Description: Large numbers of trucks, bivouacs, armoured vehicles and other transport parked in fields. An American soldier with parked trucks in the background. American rifles and artillery guns firing.
Two American soldiers load a 30 calibre machine gun and swing the gun towards the camera. A soldier with a 50 calibre anti-aircraft machine gun mounted on an armoured scout car with the American stars and stripes painted on the front. Close-up of an American soldier seated on the front reading the American Expeditionary Force magazine "Yank". Three Americans in conversation in front of a camouflaged vehicle. One turns and grins into the camera. Close-up of a soldier with a rifle in a slit trench. He raises the rifle and takes aim. Close-up showing the bolt action. A group of soldiers walks up the hill at "Dinner Call". A long line of soldiers queuing up for rations (the "Chow Line"). Various shots of the men receiving their rations, including cigarettes and candy. The men eating in groups.
5 May. Transport moving in both directions along the Mateur road. The convoy stretching for miles along the road.
Prisoners with American armed military policemen at an American POW camp. Graves at a German military cemetery on the side of the Mateur - Beja road. A British and a German grave side by side with their respective helmets placed below the crosses.
A signpost for Mateur with trucks and armoured vehicles passing by. View of Mateur with an American jeep and occupants in the foreground. Truck loads of prisoners coming away from Mateur.
An American tank under a bomb blasted wall in Mateur. American gunners on an armoured half track vehicle in the grounds of the wrecked church. Various shots of damage in the town. American soldiers in jeeps and on foot searching the town.
A patrol of jeeps and wireless cars preparing to set out. The radios being tested. Officers and sergeants conferring. A mechanical device used by the US Signal Corps to bore the earth for telegraph poles mounted on the back of a truck.