TUNISIAN VICTORY : an official record [Main Title]

Catalogue number
  • CVN 308
Department
Film
Production date
1943
Place made
GB
Subject period
Dimensions
  • whole: Number Of Items/reels/tapes 8
Creator
Category
film

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License Film
Object description

Film about the Allied campaign in Tunisia.

Physical description

35mm

Full description

Strategic objectives - to strike at Rommel's rear, preventing him from taking Egypt and linking up in Iraq with German forces from the Caucasus for a combined offensive with the Japanese against India, thus "surrounding" Russia and China. The film contains a comparatively detailed account of events from the initial landings to the final German surrender. Allied strategy is described as analogous to an engine cylinder, with the 8th Army as the piston compressing the Germans into Northern Tunisia. Thematic elements correspond to those in AFRICA FREED (qv), although individual emphasis differs. The film gives much greater prominence to the American effort, to the detriment of the British - thus Alamein is mentioned only as one phase of a larger strategy, with the implication that American bombing of Italian supply bases was considered equally important. The soundtrack frequently refers to the "Allies", while American troops and equipment are shown on screen. The Germans are also allotted a more passive role - Rommel is less prominent and the "infamous" Kesselring and von Arnim are only briefly mentioned. There is, generally, a heavier emphasis on the righteousness of the Allied cause, and a rather more pronounced sentimentality. Narrated in part by British character actor, Bernard Miles.

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