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[BRITISH TROOPS IN SALONIKA - 3] [Allocated]

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Title: [BRITISH TROOPS IN SALONIKA - 3] [Allocated] Film Number: IWM 98
Summary: British troops, mainly 22nd Division, on the Salonika Front, 1917-1918 (?). Date: 1917(?)
Description: (Reel 1) Wounded soldiers with mule transport, snow-covered mountains filmed from an aircraft (Mount Olympus ?). A 13-pounder anti-aircraft gun showing the rangefinder in use. A British Army camp, with a bakery and soldiers washing and eating. Three soldiers in a trench fusing Mills grenades. A Royal Engineers wagon laying a line. A view from the rear gunner's position of a two-seater aircraft taking off, flying over Salonika harbour, the nearby mountains, and a military camp. (Reel 2) Brigadier-General F S Montague-Bates (66th Brigade, 22nd Division) in a posed position. A return shot of the three soldiers fusing Mills grenades. They change to fitting magazines on Lewis machine guns and using a trench periscope. General Guillaumat inspects a British battalion. General scenes of the British Army camp. A Red Cross wagon on the move. A heavily camouflaged gun (possibly a 60-pounder) and a 6-inch howitzer. More soldiers in trenches. Major-General J Duncan, commanding 22nd Division, and Lieutenant-General H F M Wilson posed together. British soldiers at bayonet practice. (Reel 3) A Highland battalion, probably Black Watch, with its pipe band, and a single piper playing. A French general decorates British troops, who march past. Running Time: Footage: 2119 ft; Running time: 35 mins
Production Company, Cast and Credits: War Office Cinema Committee; LaVoy, Merl (Camera operator)
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Production Country: GB
Access Conditions: IWM Technical Details: Colour: B&W
Sound: Silent
Language Soundtrack: N/A
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Language Subtitles: N/A
Film Format: 35mm
IWM related items: N/A Notes: Cameraman: the shotsheet, mis-numbered as IWM 135, identifies the cameraman as Merl LaVoy. He was a US freelance cameraman who visited the Salonika Front in early 1917. There is some evidence that he was briefly employed on a semi-official basis by the British government but he could not have filmed all this material (see last Note).
   
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