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Desert Victory -- The Allied campaign to drive Germany and Italy from North Africa is analyzed.


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13 April 1943 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (From The Guardian - Film News. 26 July 2013, 4:00 PM, PDT)

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Harold Alexander ... Himself (archive footage) (as General Alexander)

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage) (as Mr. Churchill)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (as Hitler)
Bernard L. Montgomery ... Himself (archive footage) (as General Montgomery)
Erwin Rommel ... Himself (archive footage) (as Rommel)
Claude Auchinleck ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alan Brooke ... Himself - with Churchill and Montgomery (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alan Cunningham ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joseph Goebbels ... Himself - Shaking Hands with Rommel (archive footage) (uncredited)
Henry Harwood ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
J.L. Hodson ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Arthur Tedder ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Wilhelm von Thoma ... Himself - Commander: Afrika Korps (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Boulting (uncredited)
David MacDonald (uncredited)
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J.L. Hodson  writer

Produced by
David MacDonald .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
William Alwyn 
Film Editing by
Richard Best (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerry Massy-Collier .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Roy Boulting .... supervising editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:62 min | UK:60 min
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This documentary is considered a Second World War wartime propaganda documentary film of the United Kingdom.See more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Believe me! You Do not want to miss this one!, 5 April 2001

This has to be one of the greatest documentaries of all time! The combat footage is all real! At the beginning, there is a notation that, in the fighting depicted, four of the cameramen were killed and thirteen others were either wounded or captured by the enemy. There is also footage taken by the Germans that was captured in the British advance. Watching this, think about one thing: everything you are seeing, a camerman was close enough to shoot with a camera and was, while filming, unarmed and a target. Hemingway defined courage as "grace under pressure". This marvelous masterpiece is a testament to incredible courage. Words fail to do these brave souls credit. But Desert Victory does. I salute them and the others whose courage is immortalized here on celluloid.

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