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Title:VIPS VISIT THE 51ST HIGHLAND DIVISION [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 473/1
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: The Secretary of State for War, the leader of the Liberal Party, General Alexander and others visit the 51st Highland Division at Djidjelli.
Description: A plane lands and taxis towards the hangars at Setif aerodrome. Sir James Grigg, Sir Archibald Sinclair and General Alexander are greeted by Colonel Goldie, Officer in Charge of Administration, Setif area. The party arrives at Combined Training Centre Headquarters, 154th Brigade. Also present are Major-General Richardson, Chief of Staff to General Alexander and Group Captain Sir Louis Greig. General Wimberley presents his staff officers to Sir James Grigg. Sir James Grigg and General Alexander drive down the lane in a jeep. The Guard of the 7th Battalion Black Watch present arms. Close up of Sir Archibald Sinclair speaking to Rear-Admiral R McGrigor. The party arriving at the headquarters of 153rd Brigade. Sir James Grigg watches a demonstration by the 1st Battalion Camerons. He then inspects a guard of honour of the 5th Battalion Black Watch. Sir James Grigg talks to the Officer Commanding, Lieutenant-Colonel C N Thomson. The party watches a demonstration from the beach. The party leaves and moves across the sand in jeeps. Close up of the Pipe and Drum band of the 5th Battalion Black Watch.
Production Details: War Office Film Unit (Production company)
Rignold, Harry (Captain)1943-09-12Cameraman, service number 98582, killed in action during Salerno landings. See http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=938723 accessed 7 March 2011 (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Grigg, James (person)
Sinclair, Archibald Henry Macdonald (person)
Alexander, Harold (1st Earl Alexander of Tunis) (person)
Wimberley, Douglas Neil (person)
McGrigor, Rhoderick Robert (person)
Richardson, William L (person)
Greig, Louis Leisler (person)
British Army, Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment), 5th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, 153rd Brigade (regiment/service)
British Army, 154th Brigade (regiment/service)
Keywords: Djidjelli, Algeria (geography)
North Africa, Second World War (event)
North Africa 1939-1945 (theme)