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Title:22nd EAST AFRICAN BRIGADE'S FIGHTING MARCH ANTSIRABE TO AMBOSITRA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 337/1
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: African troops march through central Madagascar confronted by road blocks and obstacles left by the French.
Description: Various angles of a blown bridge. A section of King's African Rifles carrying out repairs. Troops marching. The 1st South African Armoured Car Regiment. Troops test bridge repairs. A destroyed steel bridge. Lorries passing over a ford constructed as a diversion. Bren carriers with drivers from the King's African Rifles. South African armoured cars. Brigadier Dimoline joins in the "tug of war", pulling on a rope. The blown deck of a bridge. The convoy in a cutting. Crossing the ford. Passing by native huts. Askaris help out with a car. Different methods used by the French to block a road. A tank trap being filled in. Gunfire by the 56th (Uganda) Field Battery, manned by Kenyan troops. A troop commander. A patrol of the 5th Commandos sets off at "Ambohipia" (Ambohipo). A wounded Askari from the 5th King's African Rifles on a stretcher. His wounded French opponent lays beside the road. Interrogation of a prisoner, a French native soldier. "D" Company, 5th King's African Rifles setting out on patrol. The terrain of the battle of Ambohipia. Fires raging during the battle. A French 65mm gun with white flag. The gunners' view of the road. A South African armoured car which had been hit with the loss of three Askaris and the wounding of Lieutenant Nico Meyers. Close-up of three members of the crew of a South African Armoured Fighting Vehicle. The location of the Battle of Ambohipia/Ambohipo. The French collect their wounded. A French padre at the hospital. The only Frenchwoman who remained to help the wounded. Patrols bringing in prisoners with their white flags. A machine gun nest. French machine gunners exit. View from the strong point. The 5th King's African Rifles advance. A captured French colonel and other prisoners. They are escorted to HQ at dawn. An abortive attempt to blow a bridge. Brigadier Dimoline. Lieutenant-General Sir William Platt arrives by the first train from Tananarive. He inspects the guard of honour of the 1st/6th Battalion King's African Rifles.
Production Details: War Office Film Unit (Production company)
Rottner, G H (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Dimoline, William Alfred (person)
Platt, William (person)
British Army, 22nd East African Infantry Brigade (regiment/service)
British Army, King's African Rifles, 5th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, King's African Rifles, 1st/6th Battalion (regiment/service)
South African Army, 1st South African Armoured Car Regiment (regiment/service)
Keywords: Ambohipo, Madagascar (geography)
British Occupation of Madagascar 1942, Indian Ocean, Second World War (event)
East Africa 1939-1945 (theme)