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Desert Victory - The Battle of Alamein

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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.

Wavell’s 30,000
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.

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  • Actors: Harold Alexander, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Bernard L. Montgomery, Erwin Rommel
  • Directors: David MacDonald, Roy Boulting
  • Writers: J.L. Hodson
  • Producers: David MacDonald
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NH4CHQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,318 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Desert Victory - The Battle of Alamein" on IMDb

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Well made British documentary with healthy balance between re-enactment and documentary. I would rate it much better than similar US-made documentaries (like Vicory at Sea), where re-enactments cget flat out annoying. I like the details explained and very appropriate footage. Among the minuses... for some reason, parts of the movie are pitch black. Black where you can see nothing. Yes, I understand everyhting about black and white documentary fils of WWII vitage, but I bet that this was some sort of unsucsessful night scene re-enactment that can be probably cut out. I do rewcommend this movie to anyone interested in WWII history!
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All the information is one-sided. I mean, it just shows the events on British side. On the German side, the information is very brief, just a couples of seconds each time. The scenes that show the real fighting are very short and also one-sided. The majority of the scenes show something that are not directly related to the battles at all. For example, people in the factories producing war stuff. Another scene shows people cut down trees to build defensive lines.

You won't learn anything from this DVD. It's much better to read a book on this subject such as "An Army At Dawn" by Rick Atkinson.

I'm glad I borrowed it from the local library instead of purchasing it.
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