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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.