Pictures taken by military and news cameramen during World War II. The North African Campaign, 1940: British tanks and infantry advance over the Libyan Desert. Soldiers fire artillery. Masses of Italian prisoners marched by British soldiers. The campaign on the Eastern Front, 1941: Nazi tanks advance under Luftwaffe air cover. Junker Ju 87 or Stukas drop bombs. Street fighting in Russia. Russian aircraft in flight. The pilots in the aircraft. Soldiers on tanks. Burning tanks. Soldiers run for cover past corpses on the battlefield.
The Italian infantry in Libya during World War 2. Italian light tanks, motorcycle troops and motorized infantry advance across the Libyan desert. Bersaglieri Motorcycle troops advance on a road before driving down a bank and going off-road. Two Italian CANT Z.1007 Alcione (Kingfisher) bombers fly through the air. Convoy of Lancia 3RO heavy trucks loaded with troops advance through the desert. Italian soldiers in a utility truck towing a howitzer. Soldiers in military trucks (Lancia 3RO 6-ton trucks). Bersaglieri on motorcycles speed through the desert. Italian M11/39 tanks driving, close-up of an M11/39 tank driving past the camera. Another shot of the Kingfisher bombers in flight. A fly-by shot of a village in the desert. A wall explodes. Smoke raises over a ruined building as another explosion kicks up a plume of black smoke. A building is blown up. Another building exploding, throwing debris into the air. A plume of smoke raising high into the air. A large explosion throwing lots of smoke, debris, and dust into the air. Burning building with little smoke. Burning building with lots of smoke. Panning shot of a ruined North African building. A sign board for the 'Telegraph Office' being pulled away to reveal a destroyed building..
The film 'The New Libya' depicts the life of people in the three provinces of Libya. The coast of Libya along the Mediterranean Sea. The three provinces of Libya - Cyrenaica, Tripolitania and Fezzan. People in the city of Benghazi of the Cyrenaica province. A market place. Flags of Libya hanging in the streets. Handicraft traders sitting in chairs. A utensil shop. A man looks at a tailor sewing. Fezzan area dotted with oasis. A container is lowered into a well to fill it with water. Date fronds in the foreground. Women working on a farm. Water is filled in containers from a drum Men weave baskets. The area of Tripolitania. Minarets and mosques in the capital city of Tripoli. People in the city.
A film depicts steps in Libyan independence. Allied soldiers on tanks during World War II. A tank goes past a ruined building. People gathered look as the Union Jack is unfurled. People read a proclamation pasted on a wall. Ruins of World War II. A meeting in the United Nations in 1945 where it is suggested that Libya be placed under temporary UN trusteeship. A resolution in the UN on 21st November, 1949 to create an independent Libya. The Russian delegate to the UN states his disagreement. The United Kingdom delegate speaks in favor of the resolution. A UN aircraft lands and taxis in Libya. Advisory Council members, led by Mustafa Qasim Mizran, who is first to exit the plane and is head of the National Party and Director of the School of Arts and Trades in Tripoli, are joined by UN Commissioner in Libya Adrian Pelt as they are greeted by dignitaries. The headquarters of the Commissioner and the Advisory Council in Tripoli. A sign reads 'Office of the United Nations Commissioner in Libya'. Members of the Advisory Council include representatives from Tripolitania, Cyrenaica, Fezzan, Egypt, France, Italy, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, the United States and a minority group delegate. Cars carrying the representatives drive out of the gates of the headquarters. They meet people to become aware of their problems. People greet the UN Commissioner and the members of the Advisory Council. A visit to Benghazi where they meet the Emir of Cyrenaica. People holding placards in front of the Emir's palace to greet the Advisory Council. They meet the Emir, who is the religious Muslim leader, in his place. The headquarters of the Commissioner and the Advisory Council, where Mustafa Qasim Mizran is seen touching his face, as he stands behind king Idris,
A film titled 'Native patriots hail, the first official visit of heir to throne' shows arrival of crown prince to Tripoli in Libya. He reviews an honor guard and gets into a car. Car moves away accompanied by royal escorts riding horses. The crown prince appears in a palace gallery as thousands gather on the street to look at him.
The British attack the German Army in Libya during World War II. British Royal Air Force B-25 planes bomb German desert supply bases in Libya. German General Erwin Rommel flees from the invading forces. A German fighter plane falls in flames. British 8th Army troops advance through rain and mud at Hell Fire Pass. Artillery fired and British Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery at the front. The infantry advances. Wrecked and burning German motorized and mechanized equipment. Wrecked German aircraft in the desert. Many German prisoners taken. Commander of Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel, General Ritter Von Thoma taken prisoner and greeted by General Montgomery. The Swastika comes down and the Union Jack goes up.