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Title:MAP BRIEFING FOR AIRBORNE OPERATION; VISIT OF MAJOR-GENERAL BROWNING [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 510/13
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: A team of photographic technicians and draughtsmen at work in La Marsa, Tunisia, enlarging and labelling RAF reconnaissance photographs for a future operation. The team is supervised by Major H Maguire and Captain Ballingall, General Staff Officers of the 1st Airborne Division, Intelligence.
Senior officers at La Marsa.
Further coverage of map enlargement work.
Description: 21 June. Captain Ballingall sitting at a table examining a photograph with a stereoscope. He marks photographs with a pencil. Close up of trimming photographs with scissors. Close up of hands using dividers. Hands marking a map. Lance-Corporal Asterley of the Royal Engineers using a universal stereoscope to view maps in 3D and tracing a map. Close up of hands using a protractor. Close up of hands drawing a map. Close up of map being inked in. Close up of aerial photograph. Close up of hands using a protractor. Corporal Blackburn of the Royal Engineers sitting at a table preparing a set of aerial reconnaissance photographs. Corporal marking out the baselines on the photograph. Close ups of the baselines being marked out on the completed map. Working on the final stages of the map. Close up of the completed map.
27 June. Group of officers showing Major H Maguire (General Staff Officer, Intelligence) on the left, Major-General Browning in the centre and General J Swing, Commander of the 11th U.S. Airborne Division on the right. Close up of Major-General Browning. The generals accompanied by their staff walking from the villa. The car driving off, with villa in the background. View of the villa where the reconnaissance work is being carried out. A different view of the villa, showing the town of La Marsa in the background.
27 June. Major Maguire and Captain Blackburn discuss the completed map, which has been enlarged on Kodotrace. Close up of the Major checking the map from photographs. Close up of the map. Private Webb takes a slide from the enlarger and inserts a negative then inserts the slide in the enlarger. An enlargement paper is pinned to the wall. Close up of an exposed print being washed after development. The print is hung up for drying. Private Lewis wipes surplus water from the print. Lance-Corporal Asterley glues one half of the print. Close up of the two halves being joined together.