- Title: THE NEW CRUSADERS : with the British forces on the Palestine Front [Main Title]
- Film Number: IWM 17
- Other titles: WITH THE FORCES ON THE PALESTINE FRONT [Alternative Title]
- Summary: The British campaign on the Palestine Front, February to November 1917.
- Description: (Reel 1) The raid against the stronghold of Sayad Ahmed of the Sennusi tribesmen at Siwa, made in February 1917 by a force of three light armoured batteries and three light car patrols under Brigadier-General H W Hodgson. The force, consisting of Rolls-Royce armoured cars, Ford Model T light cars, Napier light cars and Vauxhall D staff cars, leaves the assembly area and crosses the Shegga pass on 2 February. A field wireless is set up. Hodgson, in Siwa on 3 February, addresses the local leaders. This is followed by scenes prior to First Battle of Gaza. A pan of El Arish with soldiers of 52nd (Lowland) Division in the foreground, street scenes of El Arish, and British Yeomanry (with New Zealand Mounted Rifles ?) patrols on the road from Magdhaba to El Arish. Royal Engineers laying a telegraph wire from a limber across the desert. RAMC men dressing wounds. (Reel 2) A Yeomanry bivouac at El Arish, surf boats landing supplies on the beaches, and an RE officer directing the building of a railway by members of the Egyptian Labour Corps. Men of 1/8th Battalion, the Hampshire Regiment, 54th (East Anglia) Division eating. Three Mark I tanks, two males (including HMLS 'Otazel') and one female (HMLS 'Nutty') in a trench crossing trial near the Suez Canal in July 1917, filmed from inside the trench as they cross. A 13-pounder Mk III anti-aircraft gun on a motor lorry mounting in action. Also 8-inch and 6-inch howitzers and 60-pounder guns in action, during the Battle of Gaza. Men of 1/4th Battalion, the Norfolk Regiment, in the front trenches preparing for the Second Battle of Gaza on 19 April 1917, followed by a panorama of Gaza. (Reel 3) British troops building a railway. Troops of the Imperial Camel Corps entering Beersheba in November 1917. General Sir Edmund Allenby, Lieutenant-General Sir Philip Chetwode, and Lieutenant-General Sir Harry Chauvel (commanding the Desert Mounted Corps) leaving their headquarters at Beersheba, ending with a portrait shot of Chauvel.
- Access Conditions: IWM Attribution: © IWM
- Featured Period: 1914-1918
- Production Date: 1918-03
- Production Country: GB
- Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor) Topical Film Company (Production company) Jury, William F (Production individual) Jeapes, Harold (Production individual) Hurley, Frank1885-10-151962-01-16Australian photographer (Production individual)
- Personalities, Units and Organisations: Hodgson, H W (person) Allenby, Edmund Henry Hynman (person) Chetwode, Philip Walhouse (person) Chauvel, Henry G (person) British Army, Egyptian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service) British Army, Hodgson's Force (regiment/service) British Army, Div 52 (regiment/service) British Army, Desert Mounted Corps (regiment/service) British Army, Royal Engineers (regiment/service) British Army, Royal Army Medical Corps (regiment/service) British Army, Div 54 (regiment/service) British Army, Hampshire Regiment, 1/8th Battalion (regiment/service) British Army, Norfolk Regiment, Bn 1/4 (regiment/service) British Army, Imperial Camel Corps (regiment/service) Australian Army, Australian Imperial Force (regiment/service) Australian Army, Egyptian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service) Australian Army, Imperial Camel Corps (regiment/service) New Zealand Military Forces, Egyptian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service) New Zealand Military Forces, Div, ANZAC Mounted (regiment/service) New Zealand Military Forces, New Zealand Mounted Bde (regiment/service) British Army, Egyptian Labour Corps (regiment/service)
- Keywords: operations, British military - sortie (object name) operations, New Zealand military - sortie (object name) combat, British military (object name) combat, New Zealand military (object name) armour, British - tank: Tank Mark I Male (object name) armour, British - tank: Tank Mark I Female (object name) armour, British - armoured car: Rolls-Royce (object name) transport, British military - car: Ford Model T light car (object name) transport, British military - car: Napier light car (object name) transport, British military - car: Vauxhall D staff car (object name) communications, British military - electronic: field wireless (object name) communications, British military - wire: line-laying (object name) engineering, military, British (object name) buildings, British - military: headquarters (Egyptian Expeditionary Force) (object name) casualties, British wounded - battlefield (object name) ships, Palestinian civilian - harbour: surf boat (object name) weapons, British - gun [AA]: 13-pounder (object name) weapons, British - gun: 8-inch howitzer (object name) weapons, British - gun: 6-inch 26cwt howitzer (object name) weapons, British - gun: 60-pounder (object name) society, British military - sustenance (object name) 01/3(569).42 (event) 31/3(621) [Siwa Expedition, 1917] (event) Egypt & Siwa (geography) Egypt & Shegga Pass (geography) Turkey & El Arish, Palestine (geography) Egypt & Suez Canal area (geography) Turkey & Beersheba, Palestine <headquarters, EEF> (geography) desert (concept) camera (concept)
- 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: 3 Footage: 2394 ft; Running time: 40 mins
- Notes: Summary: the 5 February 1917 entry in the War Diary in the Public Record Office (PRO 95/4438) says "cinema operator much in evidence" but does not give a name (information from David List). No official cameraman has been identified as being in the country at that date. See also IWM 5, IWM 58 and IWM 60. An incomplete copy of a version of this film with French subtitles is held as IWM 658a. Title: The Film and Video Archive holds a copy of a programme for a screening of this film under the title WITH THE FORCES ON THE PALESTINE FRONT at the New Gallery Kinema, Regent Street on 21 March 1918. At some point this programme has been annotated "exactly equivalent to 'The New Crusaders' ". At the screening covered by the programme, the portrait shot of Chauvel was followed by GENERAL ALLENBY'S ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM (IWM 13). Remarks: disjointed to the point of incoherence, the film depends chiefly on the novelty value of desert scenes rather than any message or narrative of events for its impact.
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