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Title:BUILT UP MATERIAL FOR FORTHCOMING MEDITERRANEAN OFFENSIVE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 493/7
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Generals Montgomery and Eisenhower arrive in Malta on the eve of the invasion of Sicily and troops embark for the invasion.
Description: A Hudson aircraft approaching a transit flight. General Montgomery steps out of the plane and is greeted by Major-General Whiting; Sir Keith Park, Air Officer Commanding Malta and Major-General Oxley, General Officer Commanding Malta. General Montgomery in the car before leaving for HQ. General Eisenhower's car arrives in the courtyard of Verdala Palace. He steps out and is greeted by Major-General Oxley. Eisenhower inspects the Guard of Honour of the Buffs Regiment. He is greeted on the steps by Viscount Gort. General Eisenhower and Viscount Gort pose for a photograph. Eisenhower gets into his car and is driven away.
General Montgomery with staff. General Montgomery and Major-General Whiting come out on to the steps of the pavilion and sit down with their staff to pose for photographs. General Montgomery's car arrives at the pavilion and the driver fixes the flag. Close up of the flag. The General's aide-de-camp leaves the pavilion with a briefcase and maps and places them in the car. General Montgomery leaving the pavilion and getting into his car. The car driving into the HQ with the harbour in the background. The car entering the tunnel system.
Vehicles containing troops of the 7th Battalion, Black Watch drive up. Troops disembarking from vehicles and marching towards landing craft. View from the landing craft of troops boarding. Pipers playing on the prow of the landing craft. Close ups of men of the 2nd Seaforth Highlanders embarking.
Production Details: War Office Film Unit (Production company)
Cotter, J R (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Montgomery, Bernard Law (person)
Park, Keith Rodney (person)
Oxley, Walter Hayes (person)
Eisenhower, Dwight David (person)
Vereker, John Standish Surtees Prendergast (6th Viscount Gort) (person)