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Title:WAR OFFICE OFFICIAL TOPICAL BUDGET 323-2 [Main Title]
Film Number:NTB 323-2
Summary: I. Burial of Prince Christian.
II. Indian troops enter Baghdad.
III. Pan over anchored battleships.
IV. Aircraft salvage establishment in France.
V. Australian 18-pounder gun in action.
Description: I. 'OBSEQUIES OF THE KING'S UNCLE. Prince Christian buried with full military honours in St. George's Chapel Windsor.' HA as military band (men of the 2nd Life Guards and Coldstream Guards) approaches the chapel where guard of honour is waiting. Casquet is removed from gun carriage and taken up steps into the chapel.
II. 'WITH THE BRITISH IN BAGHDAD. Some of our splendid Indian Troops on the march through the famous City of Arabian Nights.' Indian troops - possibly from the 7th (Meerut) Division - march along 'New Street' in Baghdad. Only a few locals are evident.
III. 'Admiralty Official Film. OUR ISLAND'S RAMPARTS. A wonderful and stirring panorama of the citadels afloat which guard the Empire's heart.' LS broad on the port quarter of a St Vincent Class battleship, and pan right to HMS Neptune and a second St Vincent. XLS off port bow of Queen Elizabeth and Orion Class battleships. MLS off the port bow of a Queen Elizabeth, a trawler lying nearby - lower boom of the cameraship intrudes from frame right.
IV. 'HOSPITAL FOR AEROPLANES. How British 'planes winged by Boche bullets are got ready for action again behind the lines.' MS as wing and tail section of BE 2c 2059 are taken into a hangar. Aircraft fuselages are recovered. A wing section is placed on a trestle ready to be worked upon. MS of an already extensively cannibalised BE 2c lying nosed over. Men take more parts away from aircraft scrapyard.
V. 'SUICIDE CORNER. Australians having worked round this dangerous spot of evil name bring one of their 18 pounders into action.' A working party moves up carrying water cans, boxes of Mills bombs, rolls of barbed wire, etc. Some glance round at the camera as they pass. Rear view of an 18-pounder gun in a sandbagged emplacement, empty cartridge cases stacked neatly in the foreground - the gun crew (one wearing a pickelhaube) take up their positions - the gun layer arranging a spare sandbag as a cushion for himself. The gun fires three times.
Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Christian, Prince (person)
Indian Army (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Neptune (regiment/service)
Australian Army, artillery (regiment/service)
Keywords: ceremonies, British - event-related: funeral of Prince Christian (object name)
operations, Indian military - movement: march (object name)
ships, British naval - battleship: Neptune (object name)
ships, British naval - battleship: St Vincent Class (object name)
ships, British naval - battleship: Queen Elizabeth Class (object name)
aircraft, British - combat: BE 2c (object name)
operations, British military - salvage: aircraft parts (object name)
operations, Australian military - preparation (object name)
weapons, Australian - gun: 18-pounder (object name)
GB, England & Windsor, Berks (geography)
Iraq & Baghdad (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: 1
Footage: 316 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Summary (item V): there were many 'Suicide Corners' on the Western Front, but this probably refers to that near the Dixmude road, North of Ypres
General: this is the first of the War Office Topical Budgets in the NTB series to include after the main titles the declaration that the newsreel devotes all its profits to charity