Filmed by Captain Norman Laugesen (Divisional Signals) while serving with the 2nd NZ Division in the North African campaign during the Second World War.
Waves on a beach. Officers in mess tent. Various scenes about beach encampment. Cemetery. Officers jumping about in sand dunes. Small windmill driven well.
Intertitle: “N. W. LAUGESEN PRESENTS CINE SHOTS. SHOOTING IT OUT IN LIBYA”
“The Libyan Campaign opened for NZ Division when, on the 12th of Nov 1941 it moved out of Baggush and down the S... Road - deep into the desert.”
“On the 23.4.41 we engaged the enemy at [Menastir] south east of Bardia.”
“Our shells played havoc with the enemy down on the flat below.” Fires burning in the distance. NZ tanks charge toward enemy.
“After a victory at Menastir we moved on to Gambut.” A captured German aircraft.
“The enemy on top of the escarpment on our left shelled us...”
“Our 25th Battery went into action...”
“We attacked and captured Gambut Aerodrome.”
“The enemy shelled us until we moved on the next day.”
Standing next to wreckage of German aircraft (ME 109s).
“At dawn next day we attacked the enemy at Zaofran in the Sidi Rezeyth - Bethamed area... Our object was to open a corridor through enemy lines into the besieged town of Tobruck...”
German POWs at side of the road. Signals performing their job. Artillery in action.
Wounded officer being attended to.
“Our tanks and their ... went out and fought it out.”
Tanks. Light bombers in formation.
“For seven days days the battle raged on with the attack and counter-attacked. There was no respite from the shells which came from all sides.”