IWM Film website upgrade: self-selection and authorised download of HD clips. More info
By continuing to use this site without changing your cookie settings,
and for us to access our cookies on your device.
Title:BRITISH TROOPS IN SALONIKA - 3 [Allocated Title]
Film Number:IWM 98
Summary: British troops, mainly 22nd Division, on the Salonika Front, 1917-1918 (?).
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.
Production Details: War Office Cinema Committee (Production sponsor)
LaVoy, Merl (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Montague-Bates, F S (person)
Guillaumat, Louis (person)
Duncan, John (person)
Wilson, Henry Fuller Maitland (person)
British Army, Royal Engineers (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 22 (regiment/service)
British Army, Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) (regiment/service)
Keywords: casualties, British wounded - battlefield (object name)
weapons, British - gun [AA]: 13-pounder (object name)
society, British military - sustenance (object name)
society, British military - hygiene (object name)
communications, British military - wire: line-laying (object name)
transport, British military - animal special: line-laying wagon (object name)
weapons, British - grenade: Mills bomb (object name)
weapons, British - smallarm: Lewis machine gun (object name)
equipment, British - personal: trench periscope (object name)
operations, British military - routine (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 60-pounder (?) (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 6-inch 26cwt howitzer (object name)
training, British military - combat: bayonet (object name)
recreation, British military - casual (object name)
equipment, British - personal: bagpipes (object name)
Greece & Salonika, Macedonia (geography)
Greece & Mount Olympus (?) (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: None
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 3
Footage: 2119 ft; Running time: 35 mins
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).
Intertitles: the film has only one title, before the mule scene.
Summary: the scene of mules transporting wounded appears also in IWM 96.
Remarks: quite interesting material, but almost impossible to put in a precise context of date or location. If correct, the identification of LaVoy as the cameraman suggests a date of early 1917 (see earlier note), but the presence of Guillaumat means a date between 10/12/1917 and 9/6/1918.