- Title: THE CAPTURE OF MESSINES [Main Title]
- Film Number: IWM 197
- Other titles:
- Summary: I. Sports and horse-show of 15th (Scottish) Division, which took no part in the Battle of Messines, at Liencourt, Western Front, 13 May 1917. II. British preparations and conduct of the Battle of Messines, Western Front, 5-12 June 1917.
- Description: Men of Australian 3rd Division, probably 4th Brigade, 13th (New South Wales) Battalion, inspecting from an observation tower the scale model of the battlefield laid out near Scherpenberg, about the size of a croquet lawn. The preliminary bombardment for the battle on 5 June filmed from the Australian positions across the Douve River valley. A gunner FOO on the edge of Ploegsteert Wood using a field telephone. The dirt road from Ploegsteert to Messines on 11 June, with shells bursting on the ridge in the distance. A few walking wounded, stretcher-bearers and a water cart come up the track away from the battle and ammunition mules are led towards it. A few men of 25th Division (?) rest in the rear areas in mudholes. The crater left by one of the nineteen large mines blown in the attack, filmed from above and the bottom of the crater on 11th June. The ruins of Messines itself, taken by the New Zealand Division, with trenches still being consolidated. The ruins of Wytschaete village, with the wood on its left, probably filmed on 8 June. A battalion of 16th (Irish) Division marches back to its rest area at Locre where it is greeted by its Left Out of Battle (LOOB) contingent. Some of the men wash in a nearby duck pond. Two more marching columns led by their bands return to their rest areas, probably 7th or 8th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, and 6th Royal Irish Rifles. A posed shot of Major-General O S W Nugent with his staff of 36th (Ulster) Division, followed by posed groups of officers and men of the division. A group of soldiers from 8th or 9th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers clowning for the camera with captured trophies in a rest area near Dranoutre. Men of 7th Battalion, the Royal Irish Rifles who served with Major William Redmond MP in their rest area. Redmond's grave at the Hospice in Locre tended by two nuns.
- Access Conditions: IWM Attribution: © IWM
- Featured Period: 1914-1918
- Production Date: 1917-07
- Production Country: GB
- Production Details: War Office Cinema Committee (Production sponsor) Topical Film Company (Production company) Jury, William F (Production individual) Raymond, H C (Production individual)
- Personalities, Units and Organisations: Nugent, Oliver Stewart Wood (person) British Army, Div 15 (regiment/service) British Army, Div 16 (?) (regiment/service) British Army, Div 25 (?) (regiment/service) British Army, Div 36 (?) (regiment/service) British Army, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 7th Battalion (?) (regiment/service) British Army, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 8th Battalion (?) (regiment/service) British Army, Ulster Rifles, Royal, 6th Battalion (?) (regiment/service) British Army, Dublin Fusiliers, Royal, 8th Battalion (?) (regiment/service) British Army, Dublin Fusiliers, Royal, Bn 9 (?) (regiment/service) Australian Army, Australian Imperial Force (?) (regiment/service) Australian Army, 3rd Division, 13th Battalion (?) (regiment/service)
- Keywords: recreation, British military - sport: horse show (object name) combat, British military - artillery bombardment [D] (object name) destruction, Belgian military - area: mine (object name) operations, British military - return (object name) society, British military - hygiene (object name) casualties, British graves - formal (object name) casualties, British wounded - battlefield (object name) communications, British military - wire: field telephone (object name) 01/3(4-15).6 (event) 01/3(4-15).73 (event) Liencourt, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography) Liencourt, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography) Locre, West Flanders, Belgium (geography) Scherpenberg, Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium (geography) Messines, West Flanders, Belgium (geography) Wytschaete, West Flanders, Belgium (geography) Ploegsteert Wood, Hainaut, Belgium (geography) Douve (River), Belgium (geography) Dranouter, West Flanders, Belgium (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: 2 Footage: 1766 ft; Running time: 29 mins
- Notes: Remarks: the only attempt by the WOCC to return to the 'big battle' format of films, on a far smaller scale than before, after dropping it in spring 1917. In its way this is an attractive and intelligent film, although it does not in itself provide a very clear idea of the course of the battle.
- Link to IWM Collections page:
Related IWM Collections Objects:
MGH 4837 (WORLD WAR I SECTIONS [Allocated Title])