Desert Victory

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Desert Victory
Directed by Roy Boulting
Produced by David MacDonald
Written by James Lansdale Hodson
Release dates
  • March 1943 (1943-03)[1]
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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. 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 was produced by David MacDonald, and directed by Roy Boulting who also directed Tunisian Victory and Burma Victory.

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'.

This film won a special Academy Award in 1943.

The 1951 film The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel relied heavily on this production for its battle footage.


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

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