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Summary: Unedited film of 11th Battalion, Tank Corps, and of horse-breaking by men of the Canadian Corps, in rear areas of the battlefield during the Breaking of the Hindenburg Line, Western Front, September 1918.
Description: Not far from the Droucourt-Quéant Switch Line, tanks of 11th Battalion make their way up a gradient in the fog. The leading Mark V Male tank is marked 'Kim' and has a left-handed swastika on its nose (after Kipling). It is followed by another Male tank, and a Female 'Kitty'. Horses of the Canadian Corps unsaddled in a shallow depression. Canadian ASC men are breaking in one horse to a harness for pulling a cart. A patrol of Canadian Light Horse moves forward. Back at the horse-lines, the horses are being groomed, and the horse being broken in has been hobbled with a form of running martingale. A posed shot of the horse with his head cradled by one of the drivers. Finally a village, mostly reduced to rubble. Shown clearly on a wall is "O U QEEANT" (sic), presumably the village of Quéant.
Production Details: Canadian War Records Office (Production sponsor)
Buckstone, Walter A (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Tank Corps, 11th Battalion (regiment/service)
Canadian Army, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Army Service Corps (regiment/service)
Canadian Army, Canadian Light Horse (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - tank: Tank Mark V Male (object name)
armour, British - tank: Tank Mark V Female (object name)
animals, mammals: horse (object name)
training, Canadian military - specialist: equestrian (object name)
destruction, French military - area: artillery bombardment (object name)
Quéant, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography)