Desert Victory (1943)

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The Allied campaign to drive Germany and Italy from North Africa is analysed, with the major portion of the film examining the battles at El Alamein, including a re-enactment.


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Credited cast:
Harold Alexander ...
Himself (archive footage) (as General Alexander)
Himself (archive footage) (as Mr. Churchill)
Himself (archive footage) (as Hitler)
Bernard L. Montgomery ...
Himself (archive footage) (as General Montgomery)
Erwin Rommel ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Rommel)


This documentary recounts the famous World War II battle of El Alamein, considered one of the key turning points in the war against the Nazis. The film uses actual footage taken during the battle, including film captured from the Nazis, to explain the battle tactics and their execution. It also pays tribute to the men and women on the home front who, in their work in the factories and in their lives in general, made victory possible. Written by garykmcd

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13 April 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Victoire du désert  »

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Excellent contemporary account of the Battle for North-west Africa
1 August 2006 | by (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This documentary account of the victorious campaign in Egypt and Northern Africa is nearly 100% actual war footage. In the inimitable British tradition it is factual, not propaganda-based (although some emotive wording can be found in the commentary). The Brits are to be commended for making a film of the campaign so quickly (1943) so that the public were able to unravel what really happened and what part they, their friends & relatives might have played in supporting the effort. Highly motivational stuff. Superb footage of all the protagonists, including Montgomery, Churchill, & Rommel (captured German footage!) etc. For authenticity this would be as near as possible to faultless. A great story and one that deserves to be re-told. The film is just over an hour in length, and does not drag at all. Recommended for anyone interested in World War 2 or in great land battles.

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