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Summary: British and French forces on the Amiens front behind Villers Bretonneux, Western Front, probably 1-3 April 1918.
Description: Filmed on 3 April, the remaining evidence of the famous charge of Lord Strathcona's Horse of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade, 3rd Cavalry Division, at Moreuil Ridge on 30 March. The dismounted survivors of the regiment (?) come out of line in marching column, wearing greatcoats, caps and helmets (one wears a balmoral). Their horses are led to safety by the 'number 3s' of each group. The dead horses left behind in the charge are still in position. A mixed battalion, possibly pioneers, a day or so earlier, gets up from resting by a treeline and walks uphill into a leafless wood. A few soldiers dig a trench-line in open country. The pioneers emerge from the trees into open country again (possibly near Corbie). A staged meeting between French, probably 29th Division, and British, probably 18th Division, beside their gun limbers. A street damaged by shellfire, with a dead horse and wrecked cart in it and a British cyclist moving past, possibly Villers Bretonneux.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
McDowell, J B (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Div 18 (?) (regiment/service)
British Army, cyclists (regiment/service)
French Army, Div 29 (?) (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Cavalry, 3 (regiment/service)
Canadian Army, Canadian Cavalry Bde (?) (regiment/service)
Keywords: animals, mammals: horse & [casualties] (object name)
society, British military - friendship (object name)
society, French military - friendship (object name)
Moreuil, Somme, France (geography)
Villers-Bretonneux, Somme, France (geography)
Corbie, Somme, France (geography)