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Other titles:THE ROYAL NAVY IN THE GULF, 1990-1991 [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Royal Marines in and around Al-Amadiyah, Iraq.
Description: I. Royal Marines Brigade headquarters: Marines prepare the site for their base camp, clearing old buildings and burning rubbish. View from observation post. Lynx helicopter lands at headquarters.
II. Shots of airport at Sirsenk: construction work is taking out at the badly-damaged airfield. Water purification and collection point is set up: potability of water is tested. Royal Marines guard road.
III. Scenes in mountain village. Children play on the empty streets, and smile for the camera. Damage to area can be seen. Building under construction on hillside (possibly one of Saddam's palaces), still occupied by Iraqi troops. Iraqi soldier runs down the hillside, waving at the cameraman to stop filming: he comes close and puts his hand towards the lens.
IV. Al-Amadiyah: general views of the local landscape. Royal Marines on patrol meet local people, including Kurdish children and village elders. Further shots of damage: soldiers inspect wrecked cars.
V. Land Rover patrol: Marines stop and search a car (it is allowed to proceed). Marine Brian McDermott is interviewed about arrival in Al-Amadiyah. Patrollers chat with local man in very broken English. Interview with Marine Dave Collins about the assistance role of the Royal Marines.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations (Navy) Film and Photographic (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: Colour
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: None
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: Beta-SP
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 30; Running time: 30 mins (ca)
Notes: Summary: Operation Haven (also known as Operation Safe Haven) took place in Turkey and Northern Iraq in the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War. After Saddam Hussein crushed the Kurdish uprising in Northern Iraq, some 450,000 Kurds fled to the mountains of Turkey. The mission of the multinational force involved was to resettle the Kurdish refugees in their own towns and villages, and to offer them protection during the return.
Technical: labelled "Original".