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Summary: I. Lord Beaverbrook inspects ten 'Cine Motor-Cars'.
II. American troops and French conscripts march through a French village.
III. Princess Alice attends Bradfield College sports, the main feature of which is a steeplechase.
IV. Stock shots of British artillery on the move and in action.
Description: I. 'GOVERNMENT'S ITINERANT WAR CINEMA. Lord Beaverbrook inspects fleet of Cine-Motors which will depict war truths in the villages.' MS over the lowered side of a truck to the rear compartment where a corporal prepares one of two projectors - pan left to show more lorries parked in the background. MS of Beaverbrook as he inspects the rank of 'Cine-Motors'. The lorries drive off - they are numbered 1-10 and each bears the legend 'Ministry of Information Cine-Motor' - a small crowd looks on.
II. 'AMERICAN TROOPS AND FRENCH CONSCRIPTS. Touching tribute to heroic slain near the front.' A column of US troops precedes a group of Frenchmen through a village. More Americans follow behind.
III. '"PLAYING FIELDS OF ENGLAND." Princess Alice sees strenuous sports tests at Bradfield College.' Chauffeur-driven car enters the school gates. Princess Alice talks with a companion. Sequence showing the steeplechase - jumping obstacles, fording the River Pang and climbing the weir. An audience of college and local children look on.
IV. 'NO RESPITE FOR THE HUNS. British artillery moving off to action.' A limbered battery of 18-pounder guns stands bunched up in a field waiting to move out across bridge over drainage ditch. 'Firing from a village.' A 6-inch howitzer standing in a farmyard is reloaded after firing - an 18-pounder battery passes by. The howitzer fires - a party of waiting soldiers run across the line of fire as the gun is reloaded.
Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Aitken, William Maxwell, 1st Baron Beaverbrook (person)
Alice, Princess (Countess of Athlone) (person)
Ministry of Information (regiment/service)
French Army, [conscripts] (regiment/service)
United States Army (regiment/service)
Bradfield College (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Artillery, Royal Field Artillery (regiment/service)
Keywords: propaganda, British - inspirational (object name)
recreation, British civilian - cinema (object name)
transport, British - truck, special: Cine-Motor projection lorry (object name)
operations, French military - movement: march (object name)
operations, United States military - movement: march (object name)
recruitment, French military (object name)
recreation, British civilian - sport: sports day, Bradfield College (object name)
recreation, British civilian - sport: steeplechase (object name)
combat, British - artillery bombardment (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 18-pounder field gun (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 6-inch 26cwt howitzer (object name)
GB, England & London, SW <Victoria Embankment> (geography)
Bradfield, Barkshire, England, UK (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: 353 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Summary (item I): the inspection took place on Victoria Embankment from where the lorries drove to their first engagements. The vehicles - the brainchild of one Captain Barber at the MoI - were designed to project onto a 25 ft square screen over a distance of 100-120 ft.