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Summary: The award of decorations to British and Indian soldiers in Kurkuch, Mesopotamian Front, 7-11 May 1918.
Description: The British held Kurkuch only for a few days in 1918. This film shows British soldiers of 38th Brigade entering the town, followed by a number of soldiers being decorated by the commander of III Corps, Lieutenant-General Sir E G Egerton, in the square at Kurkuch, focusing on an Indian Cavalry officer at the end of the line. The film ends with more British troops marching into Kurkuch, and with a panorama of the town and the interior of the bazaar.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
International Film Service (Production company)
Varges, Ariel L (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Egerton, Ralph G (person)
Indian Army, Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
British Army, 13th Division (regiment/service)
British Army, 38th Infantry Brigade (regiment/service)
British Army, Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 287 ft; Running time: 5 mins
Notes: Title: this is taken from the shotsheet.
Remarks: if identification of the location as Kurkuch is correct then this is a most remarkable and valuable film, although entirely for the rarity value of its location, not for its content.