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Title:THE WONDERFUL ORGANISATION OF THE RAMC [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 133
Other titles:OFFICIAL PICTURES OF THE BRITISH ARMY IN FRANCE - FOURTH SERIES [Series Title]
Summary: The RAMC system for dealing with casualties, France, April 1916.
Description: The casualties occur in a forward trench in 51st (Highland) Division sector between Roclincourt and Neuville Saint Vaast. An RAMC captain bandages the head of one man, who with other walking wounded and two stretcher cases is taken to the Regimental Aid Post. From this, coming out of the trench system, the wounded are placed on a 60cm railway trolley and pushed to the Advanced Dressing Station. Here they pass through the Patients' Entrance, and after preliminary treatment are loaded onto an ambulance. This takes them to 18th Casualty Clearing Station on the outskirts of Arras (belonging to 18th Division, recently relieved by the Highland Division). The ambulances are from 8th Motor Ambulance Convoy, attached to the Highland Division. RAMC men unload the stretchers, "each man's equipment is labelled and carefully kept". Four doctors and a nurse conduct an operation in the tented operating theatre. After preliminary treatment the wounded, including the stretcher cases, are when sufficiently recovered taken to board a train at Arras which takes them to Dieppe station (the film starts to break up here). More severe cases are taken by Red Cross barges down the canals. At Dieppe the men are loaded onto a hospital ship which steams out of harbour "off to England".
Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor)
British Topical Committee for War Films (Production company)
Malins, Geoffrey H (Production individual)
Tong, Edward G (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Army Medical Corps, Casualty Clearing Station 18 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Army Medical Corps, Motor Ambulance 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 51 (regiment/service)
Keywords: transport, British military - ambulance (object name)
ships, British auxiliary - inland: hospital barge (object name)
ships, British auxiliary - assistance: hospital ship (object name)
transport, British military - rail: hospital train (object name)
medical, British military - emergency (object name)
medical, British military - hospital: [+] (object name)
medical, British military - movement: [+] (object name)
buildings, British - military: casualty clearing station (object name)
Roclincourt, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography)
Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography)
Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, 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: 630 ft; Running time: 11 mins
Notes: Cameraman: the cameraman was either Malins or Tong.
Remarks: although tending to break up into misplaced scenes and pull-backs as it ends, this is a well made film.