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Forty Minutes: Mutiny


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On 20 September 1943 in a field near Salerno in Italy, 192 British soldiers were arrested. They were later court-martialled and found guilty of mutiny. It was a shocking business and a well-kept secret. For these men were heroes, who had fought with General Montgomery at El Alamein. How such soldiers came to disobey their officers is told in this documentary film by three of the convicted men.

Pte John McFarlane, MM, of Glasgow, sentenced to seven years penal servitude and still emotionally affected by the army's victimisation of his wife and young children.
Cpl Hugh Fraser of Aberdeen, sentenced to ten years but released to a near certain death on extra duties at the front.
Sgt Wally Innes, a Geordie, sentenced to death, and embittered by the taint of cowardice that still clings to his name.
This is the tragic story of poor officership, the effects of which are felt to this day.


Subject: John McFarlane
Subject: Hugh Fraser
Subject: Wally Innes
Film Cameraman: Pat O'Shea
Film Recordist: Ron Crabb
Film Recordist: Stan Nightingale
Film Editor: Graham Shipman
Executive Producer: Roger Mills
Producer: Alan Patient

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