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Summary: I. Ambulance for horses.
II. Artillerymen relaxing.
III. Russian troops set off for the Front.
IV. Russian soldiers drilling.
V. 'Single Men First' protest meeting.
Description: I. 'MOTOR AMBULANCES FOR HORSES: One of the R.S.P.C.A.'s two horse motor ambulance (sic) in use, showing how wounded horses at the Front are conveyed to the Base'. A reluctant horse is persuaded to enter the side door of the horsebox/ambulance, "The Gift of the RSPCA Army Veteran's Hospital, Rouen". Once the horse is inside, the door is winched up. The ambulance drives back to the stable at base.
II. 'ARTILLERY AT THE BASE: A battery of Artillery resting at the base after a spell of hard work in the fighting line'. The artillerymen are travelling home and relaxing; two men relax on top of a gun carriage and smoke pipes, followed by another horse-drawn gun carriage. Cavalry canter along open country road; some look at the camera as they pass.
III. 'RUSSIAN SOLDIERS OFF TO THE FRONT: The fully trained soldiers leaving for the Eastern Front. The rifles they are armed with were captured from the Austrians and have a very short bayonet'. Fairly poor shots of the parade of soldiers as they walk through the streets of Petrograd.
IV. 'SOLDIERS DRILLING IN PETROGRAD: Russian recruits called to the colours are being drilled in the streets of Petrograd. Soldiers practising in advance by a series of rushes in open order'. Further footage from same source as item III (and of similarly flimsy picture quality). Soldiers in combat training in a large street/square: they crouch as if in hiding, then get up and charge, led by an officer brandishing a sword. At the officer's command, the men fall again, then resume their charge.
V. 'MARRIED MENS' (sic) PROTEST MEETING: London attested married men hold a Single Men First protest meeting at Tower Hill. Mr W. Dyson speaking to the meeting, calling on the Government to fulfil the pledge'. On a drizzly day, Dyson addresses a large group of men, many of whom (especially those in the foreground) seem more interested in the camera. As Dyson reaches a conclusion, men raise their hands (and bowler hats) in support.
Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: RSPCA (regiment/service)
British Army, cavalry (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Artillery (regiment/service)
Imperial Russian Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: animals, mammals: horse (object name)
transport, British military - ambulance: ambulance for wounded horses (object name)
operations, British military - movement: artillery (object name)
recreation, British military - casual (object name)
operations, Russian military - movement: march (object name)
operations, Russian military - routine (object name)
training, Russian military (object name)
politics, British - alternative: rally (object name)
Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France (geography)
Russia & Petrograd (geography)
GB, England & London, EC <Tower Hill> (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: English
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 300 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Summary: details of contents derived largely from work by Luke McKernan of the NFTVA, to whom much of the credit must go.