Movie Thursday – Boche-Busting at Halfaya

Some very interesting movies from British Pathe showing events during operation CRUSADER.

1. The Libya Offensive

2. Advance into western Cyrenaica (Dec. 1941)

3. Fall of Bardia (2 Jan 1942)

4. Capture of Halfaya Pass (17 Jan 1942)

5. Mopping up in Libya (I assume this is either in late 41 or early 42 – maybe someone recognises the General?)

6. First German POWs to arrive in South Africa (1942)

Happy viewing!

Our Libya Offensive – British Pathe newsreel from 1941

I came across this today thanks to a link on the WW2Talk forum.  The British Pathe site is a real treasure trove.

Our Libya Offensive

This is a 5-minute piece about CRUSADER’s early stages. A lot of varied shots, including a very rare bird,  the de Havilland D.H.86 Express in the air ambulance role. I would place the film into early December, after some setbacks, but before the relief of Tobruk. It also shows very good footage of the 4.5″ mediums of 7 Medium regiment being fired.

Happy viewing:

Our Libya Offensive

Action in the Desert

There is another bit of unused footage, showing in particular Honey tanks buzzing around the desert, and tentatively dated also to December 41. There appears to be no sound. It looks to me as if this was leftover of the previous reel.

Action in the Desert


While not directly relevant to CRUSADER, this is some interesting footage from inside Tobruk:

Aussies in Tobruk