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Summary: An edition of the British official newsreel "War Pictorial News", produced by the Ministry of Information, Middle East.
Description: I. 'SOUTH AFRICA.' South African Assistant Physical Training Instructors perform a march past during their passing out parade at a military camp in the Transvaal. The South African Director of Non-European Army Services watches the black troops marching and displaying various physical fitness exercises involving relay and circuit training. Bare chested black Assistant Physical Training Instructors march past a reviewing podium.
II. 'PERSONALITIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST.' Sir Stafford Cripps, on his way to India, and King George of the Hellenes arrive by aircraft at Heliopolis Airport in Cairo. The visiting dignitaries are met by British Ambassador, Sir Miles Lampson. Emir Mansour of Saudi Arabia visits Egypt and is shown in conversation with Egyptian Prime Minister Nahas Pasha. Emir Mansour is met outside the Royal Palace by Prince Mohammed Ali. The Emir later visits a Royal Air Force (RAF) airfield in the Western Desert, where he inspects a Vickers Wellington bomber aircraft with evident interest. Emir Mansour of Saudi Arabia inspects an unidentified British armoured unit at a desert encampment, looking over a Matilda Mk II tank and climbing into the driving position of an M3 Stuart light tank. The Emir attends lunch at the British Embassy in Cairo, along with Sir Miles Lampson, Air Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder, Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham, General Sir Claude Auchinleck, and Sir Walter Monckton, Acting Minister of State, Middle East.
III. 'RUSSIA- SEVASTOPOL.' An item covering the defence of Sebastopol by Russian Army and naval infantry elements. Russian naval infantry congregate to hear the latest war news from a comrade who reads from a newspaper. Russian infantry file off a Black Sea merchantman carrying personal kit and 7.62mm Karabin obr 1938g rifles. Russian naval infantry man a Stankovy Pulemyot Maksima 7.62mm heavy machine gun. German Luftwaffe Heinkel He 111 bomber aircraft overfly at high altitude with anti-aircraft flak bursts exploding around them. Brief footage shows burning Russian farmhouses and dead cattle. German infantry corpses are displayed. Russian naval infantry move rapidly across open ground. An abandoned German 7.5cm leichtes infanteriegeschütz 18 (7.5cm leIG 18) infantry gun is displayed (wooden wheels). Russian naval infantry look down from a vantage point over Sebastopol.
Production Details: Ministry of Information, Middle East (Production sponsor)
War Pictorial News (Production company)
Martin, Charles (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Mansour, Emir of Saudi Arabia (person)
Cripps, Richard Stafford (person)
George II, King of Greece (person)
Lampson, Miles Wedderburn (person)
Mohammed Ali, Prince of Egypt (person)
Tedder, Arthur William (person)
Cunningham, Andrew Browne (person)
Auchinleck, Claude John Eyre (person)
Monckton, Walter Turner (person)
South African Army, Non-European Army Services (regiment/service)
Keywords: ceremonies, South African - customary (object name)
delegations, Saudi Arabian international - state (object name)
combat [simulated], Russian (object name)
South Africa (geography)
Egypt & Cairo <British Embassy> (geography)
Russia & Sebastopol (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: French & Arabic
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 875 ft; Running time: 10 mins
Notes: Sound: the film is mute in parts of item III