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Title:GERMAN PRISONERS LANDED FROM A LST IN A NORTH AFRICAN PORT [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 494
Other titles:MEDITERRANEAN OPERATIONS OF THE ROYAL NAVY [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: German and Italian prisoners disembark from a LST in a North African port. The French cruiser Georges Leygues returns to Dakar with prisoners from an intercepted German blockade-runner, the Portland.
Description: I. Mediterranean convoy. Various LSs around a troop convoy of LSTs and transports - the sea is choppy and conditions are dull and overcast. Onboard the cameraship, a C Class AA cruiser, a signalman uses a searchlight to transmit a message - one of the convoy replies. Dense funnel smoke blows away from the cameraship in the stiff breeze.
II. German POWs. In a North African port (Algiers ?) German prisoners disembark from a LST. Long queues have formed on the quayside as the men await movement orders. The cameraman shoots a number of medium close-ups, including a firm-jawed Lieutenant wearing Iron Cross, First Class and Wounded and Infantry Assault badges. The column moves off, watched by casual spectators - among the passing men is a small group of Italians, whose rather insouciant air contrasts with that of their German allies.
III. German POWs. Back at its base in Dakar the French cruiser Georges Leygues lands the 51 survivors of the crew of the outward-bound German blockade-runner Portland, intercepted 500 miles WSW of Freetown on 13 April. The men leave the cruiser and walk the short distance to waiting trucks, watched by French colonial guards. Onboard Georges Leygues there is flag raising and an air of self-congratulation. Relatively few of the prisoners wear regular naval uniform, but a final shot of some of them climbing into a truck features a competent-looking Obermaat wearing minesweeping and DRL sports badges.
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
Gaumont British News (Production company)
Morley, H J (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: French Navy, GEORGES LEYGUES (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, French naval - cruiser: Georges Leygues (object name)
operations, British maritime - sea: convoy & [-] (object name)
operations, British naval - escort (object name)
prisoners of war, German - movement (object name)
prisoners of war, Italian - movement (object name)
French West Africa (geography)
Senegal & Dakar (geography)