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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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Excellent contemporary account of the Battle for North-west Africa See more (7 total) »


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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The statement, "If war was to be fought then let it begin here", is announced early in this documentary.See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Excellent contemporary account of the Battle for North-west Africa, 1 August 2006
Author: scnzSteve from Auckland, New Zealand

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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