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Title:THE LANDING OF THE 231st BRIGADE AT MARZAMEMI [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 502/3
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Troops landing in Sicily and Italian prisoners.
Description: Landing craft approaching the beach at Marzamemi and discharging troops. A vehicle and Bren gun disembarking from a landing craft. A track coming ashore from a Landing Craft Tank (LCT) with a bulldozer in the background. The first Italian prisoners brought in by the Hampshire Regiment are lined up for interrogation. Close up of the prisoners. Military police searching the prisoners. Shipping lying out from the shore. A Landing Craft Assault. The LCA going ashore. A Landing Craft Infantry nosing onto the beach. Troops leaving the LCI down a sliding ladder. Italian prisoners being brought in. View of the beach, showing dumps of stores and the roadway system built by the Royal Engineers. A truck moving up the road towards the camera. An amphibious truck moves past the camera and proceeds down the road in a swell of dust. Sign reading Marzamemi. Troops on the road. Men form a chain then pass cans of oil from an LCT to the shore. Close up of stacked oil cans, panning up to men passing and stacking them. Chain of men with the LCT at the end. More Italian prisoners being brought in.
German prisoners inside a temporary POW cage. A British soldier gives a tin of bully beef to a prisoner. Close up of the prisoner opening the tin. A Bren carrier of the 51st Highland Division moves across the causeway on the way up to the front. Trucks with 25 pounder guns moving up to Noto. An Italian tank with rocks piled up in front of it (used as a strong point) outside Noto. An English sergeant inspecting the interior of the tank. Close up of the sergeant inspecting the tank.
11 July. A Priest tank of A Battery, 11th Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery leaves a field and takes to the road to advance on Palazzolo, followed by another Priest tank and a Mark III Personnel Carrier. An enemy machine burns in the background. The Priest tanks moving off down the road.
Sherman tanks moving up to Palazzolo. Troops of the 5th Camerons, 51st Highland Division marching past a sign for Noto. Close up of men. A corporal of the Black Watch on patrol with a civil guard in Noto. Close up of the corporal talking to the guard. Sergeant Rook of the Army Film Unit handing out biscuits to civilians.
Production Details: War Office Film Unit (Production company)
Day, Reginald Ernest (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, 231st Brigade (regiment/service)
British Army, Hampshire Regiment (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Horse Artillery, 11th Regiment (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Engineers (regiment/service)
British Army, 51st Highland Division (regiment/service)
British Army, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders (regiment/service)
British Army, Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) (regiment/service)
Italian Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: Marzamemi, Sicily, Italy (geography)
Noto, Sicily, Italy (geography)
Palazzolo Acreide, Sicily, Italy (geography)
Operation Husky, Allied Invasion of Sicily 1943, Italy, Second World War (event)
Italy 1939-1945 (theme)