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Title:ARMY MESSAGE DOG IN ACTION [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 471/2
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Reconstruction of an army message dog in action in Guelma, one of four belonging to the Royal Irish Fusiliers in North Africa.
Description: Close up of Company Sergeant Major Garrett of S Company, 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers laying flat, writing a message for his platoon sergeant. He hands the message to Lance-Corporal H Evans, with his dogs Rob and Boy. Lance-Corporal Evans places the message in a collar around Rob's neck and releases him. Rob heads for his other kennel man, Fusilier Williams, who is on the other side of the field. Rob negotiates a stream. After running a mile, Rob dashes to Fusilier Williams. Fusilier Williams detaches the collar and hands it to Platoon Sergeant M T McHugh. Sergeant McHugh extracts and reads the message and runs off to give orders to his platoon hidden in the undergrowth. Rob is petted and fed by his master. Close up of Rob.