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Other titles:THE WAR ANNALS 88 [Alternative Title]
Summary: I. English language version of a French newsreel item on German forces leaving Brussels in the Armistice, 21st November 1918.
II. English language version of a French newsreel item on the entry of the King and Queen of Belgium into Brussels, 22nd November 1918.
III. English language version of a French newsreel item on General de Castelnau's entry into Colmar in south Alsace, France, 22nd November 1918.
Description: The English is flawed, telling that "the first Deutsch troops are living the town" (sic). Riders for the German horsed transport mount up and lead their carts out, past trams and watching civilians. German Infantry follows the transport. M Max, the mayor of Brussels, returns from prison to the town hall by car, to the cheers of onlookers (very dark).
The crowds wait in the streets for the arrival of the state procession and cheer as the royal party passes on horseback. The camera stays chiefly on the crowds rather than the procession. The various Allied contingents, American, French and British, pass.
A procession of small girls in regional dress files along the streets, which are crowded with onlookers. The girls are followed by military and civilian dignitaries walking informally. General de Castelnau enters on horseback at the head of his troops to the cheers of the crowd. All the staff horses are very nervous and shy at the crowds. The troops pass in review. Close-ups of the faces of the local children, mainly in regional dress. The general salutes the standards of his troops.
Production Details: Section Cinématographique de l'Armée Française (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Max, Adolphe (person)
Brussels, Mayor of (person)
Albert I, King of Belgium (person)
Elisabeth, Queen of Belgium (person)
Castelnau, Noel de (person)
German Army (regiment/service)
Belgian Army (regiment/service)
United States Army & American Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
French Army (regiment/service)
British Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: celebrations, Belgian - liberation (object name)
buildings, Belgian - institutional: town hall (object name)
ceremonies, Belgian - state: entry into Brussels (King Albert) (object name)
society, French - fashion (object name)
ceremonies, French - event-related: entry into Colmar (de Castelnau) (object name)
First World War, Armistice & 21/11/1918 (event)
First World War, Armistice & 22/11/1918 (event)
Brussels, Brabant, Belgium (geography)
Colmar, Haut-Rhin, France (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: 674 ft; Running time: 11 mins
Notes: Date: the release date, although taken from French official sources, is obviously suspect
Production etc: see Notes to IWM 508-10
Summary: although in English only, the rather quaint phrasing of the language in this episode indicates that it was not written by a native English-speaker, and the film was probably captioned in France