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Title:CAPTURE OF AUGUSTA, SICILY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 509/4
Other titles:ADVANCING THROUGH EAST SICILY [Allocated Title]
BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Augusta, Sicily after its capture and troops moving through Sicily.
Description: 13 July. A Priest gun passes the barrier at the entrance to Augusta. Panning shot from inscription 'Mare Nostrum' at the base of a stone flagpole outside the headquarters of the Italian navy to British destroyers and a troop transport in the harbour. A Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve officer Lieutenant Maitland studying the inscription, shipping is visible in the background. Sunken ships in another part of the harbour (sunk by RAF bombs). The sunken shipping from another angle, showing the town in the background.
Men of the 38th Field Company, Royal Engineers, at work repairing the road to Augusta (bombed by the RAF), the entrance gate to the town is in the background. Men throwing stones and boulders into a crater, in which is an Italian lorry. Men of the 1st Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry marching down a hill on their way to Carlentini. Men marching with a ravine in the background. The men crossing the remains of a demolished bridge in the ravine.
13 and 14 July. Panning shot from a sign for Villasmundo to the entrance to the village, showing transport moving up to the front. View from inside a pill box through the slit, showing traffic moving up. Italian prisoners being brought in from the front line, with signposts in the background. Sherman tanks moving to the Carlentini road through clouds of dust.
Production Details: War Office Film Unit (Production company)
West, J A (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Maitland (Lieutenant) (person)
British Army, Royal Engineers, 38th Field Company (regiment/service)
British Army, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (regiment/service)
Keywords: Italy 1939-1945 (theme)
Augusta, Sicily, Italy (geography)
Villasmundo, Sicily, Italy (geography)
Operation Husky, Allied Invasion of Sicily 1943, Italy, Second World War (event)