HMAS Stuart in the Mediterranean and Middle East

Accession Number F03482
Collection type Film
Title HMAS Stuart in the Mediterranean and Middle East
Measurement 22 min
Object types Home movie
Maker Carey, Jack
Place made At sea, Egypt: Alexandria, Malta, North Africa: Libya, Cyrenaica, Bardia Area, Bardia, North Africa: Libya, Cyrenaica, Benghazi, North Africa: Libya, Cyrenaica, Tobruk Area, Tobruk, North Africa: Western Desert, Western Desert (Egypt), Salum
Copyright AWM copyright

Opens with shots from HMAS Stuart of the bombardment of Bardia by the Royal Navy battleships HMS Malaya and HMS Ramillies. HMAS Stuart did not fired so Petty Officer Carey was able to film the action. A 360 degree pan of Alexandria Harbour and warships and other vessels at harbour. Shots of aerial bombardment by Axis aircraft while on convoy escort 4 September 1940. Boxing match on the forecastle of HMAS Stuart at Alexandria Harbour. At sea for exercises with HMS Liverpool and HMS Gloucester. Scene of HMAS Stuart's mascot, monkey Chico with HMS Jervis's monkey and HMS Dainty berthed alongside. At sea with HMAS Sydney to bombard Bardia on the way back to Alexandria. At sea with battle fleet preceding to bombard Rhodes. Fairey Swordfish from the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious circling overhead. At sea en route Malta on 29 September 1940 SOS distress signal from one of HMS Illustrious's aircraft which had crashed after downing an Italian reconanaisance aircraft. Scenes of rescue of the two aircrew. Fairey Fulmars from HMS Illustrious pass over the ship. During the night HMAS Stuart established contact with enemy submarine and dropped depth charges. HMAS Stuart was assisted by Short Sunderland flying boat of 230 Sqn RAF which bombed the submarine. HMAS Stuart fired on the submarine thus marked by the bomb explosions with 4.7 inch guns. Italian submarine was the Gondar which sunk after being abandoned because of damaged sustained in the action. Scenes of Sollum, Bardia, Tobruk and Bengahazi. The film ends at the wharf in Benghazi the day after it was captured. Petty Officer Carey's brother-in-law Sapper Don Scully of the 2/8 Field Company RAE and four other Sappers came down to the jetty when they had seen HMAS Stuart entering the harbour. (Adapted from Petty Officer Carey's diary entries)

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