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The Imperial War Museum Collection features rare and fascinating original films preserved in the Museum’s archives. Many have never been released to the public before and are presented here, complete and uncut, for the very first time.
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.
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 14 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 17 months ago by Catharine T. Kolb