NZ WAR HISTORY COLLECTION
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Please see F87075 PERSONAL RECORD. LAUGESEN, CAPTAIN NORMAN. CINE SHOTS WHILE ABROAD WITH THE 2ND NZEF for a full description of the footage. The description below relates to the footage currently viewable online for this record:
Filmed by Captain Norman Laugesen (Divisional Signals) while serving with the 2nd NZ Division in the North African campaign during the Second World War.
“Div HQ & 6th Brigade vehicles burning (in the desert).” Large group of soldiers making their way across desert. Vehicles grouped in desert. Signals personal in foxholes. Man cleaning his Bren Gun.
“Remnants of the 6th Brig, hard pressed race into our lines.”
“Enemy launches a heavy attack on 6th Brigade and Div HQ. This closed the corridor which we had opened up to Tobruk. It also cut off our infantry from us. Thus on the Dec 1st, 4th Field Regt found itself alone and attacked on all sides.” Explosions in the distance.
“A heavy barrage is laid on us and we are machine gunned...” Explosions near by. Artillery returning fire. Truck burning in the night.
“Following this severe barrage the enemy advanced upon us with tanks and infantry. Our gunners kept them at bay. While the enemy was checked we were able to move back and reform... After dark we drove south; dawn found us 60 miles away.”
Next morning, soldiers receiving medical attention. Men grinning at the camera. Cleaning artillery piece.
“And so we returned to Baggush by the sea.” Waves crashing on rocks. Encampment on the beach - general scenes. Trucks driving through desert.
Soldiers relaxing by sea. C/U of a signed toilet seat entitled ‘Libya 41’ with a picture of Hermann Goering attached. Inscribed at the bottom is: ‘Gambut Aerodrome, 23-11-41’. Panning shot of the camp at Maadi.
Sign for: YMCA Lowry Hut. Plaque reads: ‘This Building was erected and furnished and is maintained by T.H. Lowry ESO. of Hastings New Zealand.” Soldiers relaxing inside. Hundreds of metres of washing flapping on the line. Locals working in the laundry.
Soldiers on the march. parading. Minister performing a service in the desert. Soldier exiting tent and saluting camera.
Officer handing out cigarettes. Cameramen in desert. Artillery firing.
Rural town scenes. Row boat races across a river (a row boat is hit and sunk by a passing sail boat).
Headquarters of the 4th Field Regiment. Locals digging dung.
Grand Hotel Helouan [Helwan] in Egypt. Soldier having his boots cleaned. Various city scenes.
Reference number F4541
Collection Film and Video Collection
Media type Moving Image
Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA