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Title:ADVANCE OF THE ALLIES THROUGH EAST SICILY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 510/2
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: British troops in Sicily after the invasion and Italian prisoners.
Description: 15 July. Men of the 254th Field Park Company, Royal Engineers, demolishing a pill box at Villasmundo; a signpost for Carlentini and Catania is visible on the left. The men at work with hydraulic drills. Close ups of the men from different angles. Men at work demolishing the pill boxes with a military policeman directing traffic. Approximately 600 Italian prisoners from the 206 Coastal Division boarding lorries en route to a POW camp. A group of prisoners seated and awaiting transport.
16 July. Panning shot of crowd of Italian prisoners. More prisoners arriving. Prisoners seated on the ground. Close ups of the faces of prisoners as they pass the camera.
An anti-tank obstacle on the Lentini-Catania road. A burnt-out German scout car and burnt-out Honey tank on the road; a British Dingo scout car races past them. Bodies of the German soldiers in the scout car. Panning shot from the German car to the Honey tank.
Panning shot of the Lentini-Catania road showing debris left by the Allied destruction of Italian blockhouses and a destroyed pill box; a Bren carrier passes. Another panning shot, showing the remains of a farmhouse. Panning shot from the wheels of a passing half-track vehicle to another destroyed pill box. The officer commanding the 2nd Battalion Cameronians briefing men. The men seated in an olive grove, listening. View of the men from the rear.
Production Details: War Office Film Unit (Production company)
West, J A (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Engineers, 254th Field Park Company (regiment/service)
British Army, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 2nd Battalion (regiment/service)
Italian Army, 206th Coastal Division (regiment/service)
Keywords: Villasmundo, Sicily, Italy (geography)
Operation Husky, Allied Invasion of Sicily 1943, Italy, Second World War (event)
Italy 1939-1945 (theme)