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Title:ROMICOURT - ARMENTIÈRES NEAR ESTAIRES [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 347
Summary: Unedited film of British forces on the Armentières - Estaires road during the Advance to Victory, Western Front, mid-October 1918.
Description: Five small Commer lorries carry British troops up the road. Civilian refugees are evacuated by another lorry, which drives off. More lorryloads of troops move up the road. The view down from a wrecked German Maxim machine gun to the trench and belts of wire it was meant to defend. Bodies can be seen between the trench and the wire. A German temporary military graveyard marked with wooden crosses. A partly destroyed church, possibly at Estaires.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 432 ft; Running time: 6 mins
Notes: Title: the name 'Romicourt' does not appear on any maps of the area between Armentières and Estaires. The title has been taken from the shotsheet
Remarks: this film shows well the extent to which transport in the British Army had become mechanised by the end of the First World War