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No 2 ARMY FILM AND PHOTO SECTION (PR) SECRET DOPE SHEET

NEG REPORT NO: 5371
DATE 28th Feb '43
LENGTH 300 FEET

CAMERAMAN:- Sgt Wilson No. 31

STORY:- "GERMAN ATTACK ON SEDJENANE VALLEY"

LOCATION:- SEDJENANE VALLEY
FORMATION:- 139 BRIGADE

BAG PRNA 36 EXALGIERS 5/3

ALSO COVERED BY SGT MEYER NO.2 A.F.P.S.

For story and general remarks see dope sheets of Sgt Meyer with whom Sergeant Wilson worked in close co-operation.

Roll 1

25 pounders on the Sedjenane Road role to lay down a smokescreen on Dj Galb Sour to enable the ambushed companies of DLIs to retire - three shots 40 ft.

The remaining shots on the role show the retiring companies of DLIs straggling back to the small Arab village (24/78) 60 ft.

Roll 2

Lying in the cover of scrub, the men rest for about two hours before returning to the attack (Shots one, two and three) 40 ft.

Then, in open formation they advanced again. This first part was comparatively easy for they had some cover from the scrub. These shots show them advancing and jumping over a small river. 60 ft.

Roll 3

While reloading the camera Sergeant Meyer took took over and went into the attack. I then made for the base of DJ Rachtouil where stretcher-bearers were bringing in the wounded from the first unsuccessful attack. This proved to be rather difficult and by the time I arrived the light was nearly gone and I could only find one casualty. He was already on a stretcher and was been given first aid.

The first 55 feet shows the stretcher-bearers dressing a casualty's wounded shoulder, lifting the stretcher and carried back to an ADS. The enemy in this area have always respected stretcher-bearers and although these men were within easy range of German fire, they were not molested.

The last shot as a general pan of Sedjenane Valley. It opens showing DJ Galb Sour, the scrub covered hill held by the Germans on their right flank The camera pans to the right across DJ Rachtouil, another ridge of high ground and finishes on another height which is the Germans left flank. The village in the foreground is Sedjenane. It may be seen from the shot that the scrub in the valley stops growing about 500 yards short of the base of the hills, and it was while crossing this open ground that our attackers were repelled by German mortar and machine-gun fire.