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Summary: I. Ruined bridge on the Vistula.
II. Proxy wedding in France.
III. Soldiers dismantle tents prior to going to new billets.
Description: I. 'CROSSING THE VISTULA: The ruins of a bridge blown up by the Russians before retreating from the Germans'. The cantilevered bridge has collapsed in the centre and lies sprawled across the river. The bridge is shot firstly from face on, and then from alongside.
II. 'MARRIAGE BY PROXY: The French authorities are allowing soldiers serving at the front to nominate a friend to act for them at their wedding ceremony. A French "poilu" taking the part of a bridegroom for his chum'. A brief shot of the "happy couple" as they leave the church, followed by their guests.
III. 'FROM CAMPS TO BILLETS: Nearly all the Camps have been "struck" and the men have been billeted on the neighbouring householders. A merry party clearing out their tents and marching off to their new homes'. A group of British soldiers are seen dismantling their tent (other large tents remain in the background), and then marching off, their rifles on their shoulders.
Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: buildings, Polish - institutional: bridge & [wrecked] (object name)
ceremonies, French - event-related: wedding by proxy (object name)
operations, British military - routine: striking camp (object name)
Poland & Vistula (River) (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: 1
Footage: 134 ft; Running time: 1 min
Notes: Summary: issue has main title and first item (on Eton War Workers) missing. Print is also of fairly poor quality. Details of contents derived largely from work by Luke McKernan of the NFTVA, to whom much of the credit must go.