"How Recordings were made and Despatched during the Libyan Campaign". Narrated by Lawrence H. Cecil and introduced by Chester Wilmot

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Accession Number S01999
Collection type Sound
Measurement 22 min 6 sec
Object type Radio broadcast
Physical description Disc 33rpm - Vinyl
Maker Wilmot, Reginald William Winchester (Chester)
ABC Field Unit
Cecil, Lawrence H
Date made 1941
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

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Description

Chester Wilmot introduces the segment describing how recordings are conducted in the field by the ABC: writing a script and then producing the recording in the desert. The unit's "CO", ABC producer Lawrence H. Cecil, describes a simple studio in the field; problems with sandstorms; recording Christmas greetings from a dugout; problems with acoustics; ingenuity of engineer Will MacFarlane; recording from a cave outside Bardia; describes an air raid as bombs are dropped nearby; mentions the Italian "Flying Circus"; comments that actuality recordings are often occur through luck and opportunity; describes aerial combat between Gladiators and the "Flying Circus"; moved to Bardia to get a recording of the artillery barrage; set up equipment in a Roman cistern; describes the bombardment at Bardia on the 3 January 1941; at Tobruk equipment set up in a gully surrounded by British and Australian guns, record the sounds of Italian shells exploding around them; interview with an Australian Brigadier in Tobruk about the battle; recordings conducted in a fort at Benghazi and houses at Barraca; problems with dust; scripts written by Chester Wilmot with limited time and record only what can be verified; discuss how recordings are sent to Australia; recordings transported by truck from the front line to Mersa Matruh, then flown to Cairo by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF); all work is vetted and censored and then sent to the BBC via radio telephone. Censorship is a problem with gramophone recordings and often a censored version of the recording is made before it is sent to air.
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