Opening scene of "Desert Victory" shows vast desert in area of El Alamein Western Egypt, during World War 2. Several British Army officers and men gather around a Humber Mk II armoured car serving as an improvised field command post. A soldier holds an aiming compass. Troops attending to themselves and their equipment, being annoyed by flies. Stripped to the waist in desert daytime heat, soldiers are seen huddled in sleeping bags during cold nights. View of approaching sand storm as it rolls over troop positions. Views of German armored columns moving through the desert. Closeup of passing German Army SdKfz. 7 half-track carrying six soldiers. German army vehicles speeding past the camera. One towing a 10.5 cm leFH 18 light howitzer. A Sd.Kfz.222 armored car. A German Stug III self-propelled assault gun. Closeup of a formation flight of German Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers. Closeup of individual Stuka, in flight, with pilot and gunner visible. German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel seen standing in an open car, accompanying his armored forces. He turns to look as they pass a knocked out British tank. Animated map showing El Alamein, where Rommel was headed with his forces. Highlights of the nearby areas of interest. A shepherd and flock in the Nile delta. View from the air of Al Rifa'i Mosque and Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan, in Cairo, Egypt. Panning view of waterfront in Alexandria, Egypt. View of the Suez Canal. Animated map returns to El Alamein. Barbed wire strung along the Mediterranean coast. Hills overlooking the Quattara Depression and closeups of its salt marsh that vehicles cannot cross. British troops moving toward El Alamein in trucks. British General Claude Auchinleck taking personal charge of the 40 mile front. British troops preparing defensive positions, using pickaxes, jackhammers, and shovels. They dig deep trenches and lay protective mines, set up machinegun positions and anti-aircraft batteries. Closeup of a British soldier manning a Vickers medium machinegun. Soldiers laying camouflage netting over defensive position. General Auchinleck standing in a vehicle, looks through binoculars. British gunners begin firing 25 pounder field pieces. German General Rommel, standing in his staff car, directs his officers. German gunners begin returning fire toward the British positions. German Ju 97 Stuka dive bombers attack and British anti-aircraft gunners defend against them. Bombs striking in the sand. A British gunner marks a 10th victory on the barrel of his anti-aircraft gun. In August, British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, is seen visiting and mingling with troops at the front. Churchill stands with General Sir Harold Alexander the new Commander-in-Chief, Middle East Command and Lieutenant-General Bernard Montgomery, new Commander of the 8th Army. Copy of directive to General Alexander, ordering him to defeat Rommel's forces.
Second battle of El Alamein in Egypt between Allied Forces and German Forces in October, 1942. Clock tower in U.S. BBC announces that Axis forces of the Afrika Corps (Africa Corps) under German commander Rommel are in full retreat in El Alamein, Egypt. Tanks continue advance under artillery cover in battlefield. Views of captured German planes, artillery, tanks and prisoners. Some artillery and tanks destroyed or still smoldering from recent attack on the retreating German forces. Five divisions of Italian soldiers in the South, abandoned by Rommel are swept up by Allied forces. Italian prisoners kneel at a ditch and drink water from it. German prisoners march under guard. German General Wilhelm Ritter von Thoma, captured near the hill of Tel el Mampsra, marches on sand under British guard. Royal Air Force planes bombing retreating German positions on ground. Black smoke arises from ground.
Second battle of El Alamein in Egypt between Allied Forces and German Forces in October, 1942. Allied tanks advance in desert during evening. Soldiers of British Eighth Army advance with tanks. Soldier checks time in his wrist watch. Mines are cleared by Eighth Army men. Attack begins with artillery fire. German positions attacked in night. Explosions on German positions. British Eighth Army men advance under cover of artillery. Soldiers play bagpipes during battle. Wrecked German equipment and dead German soldiers after night battle. Aircraft in flight. Troops advance on field. Tanks advance.
Second battle of El Alamein in Egypt between Allied Forces and German Forces in October, 1942. Tanks advance and Axis powers in full retreat. British advance with tanks. British flag is raised. British advance on road and on mountain terrains. Water and other supplies brought by Navy. Troops advance through Matruh and Sidi Banari in Egypt; Tobruk and Bengasi in Libya; and Homs in Syria. Harbors littered by Germans. Fuel barrels unloaded from ship. Troops in combat with enemy in outskirts of Tripoli. Wounded soldier taken on litter. Artillery is fired. Smoke arises from explosions.
British troops digging trenches and preparing defenses in El Alamein, Egypt during World War II. A Free French tank crew refuels their tank from Jerry cans. Free French General, Marie Pierre Koenig talks to one of his officers. German forces of the German Afrika Corps move to attack the Allies. In August, 1942, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel sends his panzer divisions to break through the Allied lines. German Pz.IV Lang and Italian tanks advance. British gun crews firing artillery destroy 300 German tanks. View of German tanks burning. British troops standing in sandbagged revetment.
Beginning of the second battle of El Alamein in Egypt between British Eighth Army and German Forces in October, 1942. Map of Africa shows German forces advancing from coast. Positions of German and Italian forces. Allied positions include Australian, Indian, South African and Thailand Divisions joined in as reinforcement for British Eighth Army. German officers attend a conference in Berlin. Joseph Goebbels and Fuhrer Adolf Hitler greet German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in Berlin. Rommel as Commander of German Forces deployed in North Africa.