Desert Victory

Desert Victory is a 1943 film produced by the British Ministry of Information, documenting the Allies' North African campaign against Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and the Afrika Korps. This documentary traces the struggle between General Erwin Rommel and Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, from the German's defeat at El Alamein to Tripoli. The film was produced by David MacDonald and directed by Roy Boulting who also directed Tunisian Victory and Burma Victory. Like the famous "Why We Fight" series of films by Frank Capra, Desert Victory relies heavily on captured German newsreel footage. Many of the most famous sequences in the film have been excerpted and appear with frequency in History Channel and A&E productions. The film won a special Oscar in 1943 and the 1951 film The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel took sections of the film for its battle footage.

Desert Victory
Directed byRoy Boulting
Written byJames Lansdale Hodson
Produced byDavid MacDonald
Distributed byMinistry of Information (United Kingdom)
20th Century Fox (United States)
Release date
  • March 1943 (1943-03)[1]
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
A photograph of a box containing the presentation print of the film Desert Victory, which was to be sent by the Prime Minister to General Montgomery in Tripoli. The box is covered in stickers marked 'urgent'.

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  1. ^ Reeves, Nicholas (2004) [1999]. Power of Film Propaganda. A & C Black. p. 173. ISBN 0826473903.

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