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Desert Victory (1943)

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.

Directors:

Roy Boulting (uncredited), David MacDonald (uncredited)

Writer:

J.L. Hodson
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Credited cast:
Harold Alexander Harold Alexander ... Self (archive footage) (as General Alexander)
Winston Churchill ... Self (archive footage) (as Mr. Churchill)
Adolf Hitler ... Self (archive footage) (as Hitler)
Bernard L. Montgomery ... Self (archive footage) (as General Montgomery)
Erwin Rommel ... Self (archive footage) (as Rommel)
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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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The Blazing-Blitzing Truth! See more »

Genres:

Documentary | War

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Features footage taken by German army cameramen that was captured by British forces. See more »

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Narrator: The Eighth Army has the longest lines of supply that the history of war has ever known.
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Crazy Credits

"For the sister services too,... the R.A.F. and the Navy,...and the workers of Great Britain and the United States,... without whose efforts victory could not have been achieved." See more »

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Referenced in Five Came Back: Combat Zones (2017) See more »

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Believe me! You Do not want to miss this one!
5 April 2001 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

13 April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desert Victory See more »

Filming Locations:

Egypt See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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