Basra oil fields circa 1950s

British Pathé archive footage shows downtown Basra and the surrounding oilfields from 1952. A British-Iraqi delegation comes to inspect the fields and open the Basra Petroleum Company's newly constructed oil pipelines. Officials then attend a celebratory lunch and footage on the modern drilling process is captured. Officials then attend a celebratory lunch.

The Guardian releases:

British Pathé archive footage shows downtown Basra and the surrounding oilfields from 1952. A British-Iraqi delegation comes to inspect the fields and open the Basra Petroleum Company's newly constructed oil pipelines.

Officials then attend a celebratory lunch and footage on the modern drilling process is captured. Officials then attend a celebratory lunch.