Desert Victory - The Battle of Alamein
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Winner of the 1943 Academy Award for Best Documentary, Desert Victory (directed by Roy Boulting) was made by the British Army and R.A.F to capture the Battle of El Alamein as it happened. Teams of cameramen followed the 8th Army troops into battle against Rommel’s Afrika Korps and recorded some of the war’s most extraordinary frontline footage.
This special 2-disc collector’s edition also includes four bonus films covering desert survival techniques for downed airmen, the early victories against the Italians by General Wavell and two different perspectives on the siege of Tobruk.
Land and Live in the Desert
Produced by the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942, this rare film vividly demonstrates survival skills for air crews shot down in the desert.
Produced by the Crown Film Unit in 1942, this film provides a detailed account of British and Commonwealth successes under General Sir Archibald Wavell against the Italians in Libya culminating in the capture of Bengazi.
The Siege of Tobruk
Produced by the Army Film Unit, Imperial Forces and the British Newsreel Association in 1942, this film provides rare material of the first siege of Tobruk and shows British, Australian and Polish troops defending this small Libyan port.
Defenders of Tobruk
Produced by the Australian Department of Information Official Unit in 1942, this short film focuses on Australian troops during the first siege of Tobruk.
Top Customer Reviews
This is one of the finest contemporary WWII documentaries-- a fast-moving description of a crucial early British victory.
As of 1/09, DESERT VICTORY was not available on a DVD worth recommending (only bootleg-quality knockoffs exist).
Of interest are the three-hour WWII IN COLOR and WORLD WAR II - THE LOST COLOR ARCHIVES, both on DVD.
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(7.3) Desert Victory (UK-1943) - archive footage of: Erwin Rommel, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Bernard L. Mongomery, Josef Goebbels and other important figures
A nifty documentary covering in great detail the British 8th Army defeat and pursuit of the Africa Corp from the Second Battle of El Alamein in Oct, 1942 to the conquest of Libya. According to wikipedia which as always must be taken with a bucket of salt, footage from this is used all the time in HISTORY CHANNEL and A AND E docs on the subject as well as in the movie THE DESERT FOX but I do not recall seeing much of this footage before save for some tank shots. Much of the doc is concerned with El Alamein which is explained in GREAT detail AND what is also nice is that it does not neglect the Italians whose second Roman Empire was destroyed by this campaign. Film won an Academy Award.
Documentaries made DURING the War......as long as they have nothing to do with Russia are usually SO much better than stuff made afterwards.
Unfortunately the presentation on US forces in the Aleutian Islands is typical of the propaganda films during this timeline. Not as well known as the battles in the South Pacific island hopping, it is none the less important. The main focus is on Kiska and the preparations necessary to defeat the Japanese presence in the Aleutians.
Recommended for those with an interest in WWII . . . beginners, those who want an interesting overview and WWII history buffs. The original footage is worth the time.
Suggested viewing from the German perspective: Rommel - The Complete First Season. The episodes are in reverse order. Offered as Amazon Prime instant video.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very hard to watch bad copy, what i could see was ok but alot of lines in the pictures, but it was good reference matterialPublished 19 months ago by RC
a lot was accomplished as the Allies established a European beachhead in North Africa. Better to read a good history of these engagements ; the movie is soullessPublished 22 months ago by Catharine T. Kolb