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Summary: An incoherent jumble of stockshots of British and Imperial forces on the Western Front, 1916-1918.
Description: Identifiable material is as follows. Reel 1: a flight of Bristol F2B Fighters taking off from an aerodrome; Prime Minister W F Massey of New Zealand arriving in France, probably October 1916. Reel 2: German prisoners loading captured light guns and machine guns onto lorries (compare with IWM 105); 4.5-inch howitzers and 18-pounders firing in the open and in an undisturbed village, possibly early 1916; British troops, probably in training, charging into smoke. Reel 4: American 307th Infantry Regiment, attached to British 42nd Division for training, marching past Major-General Solly-Flood on 7 June 1918; VAD members picnicking in a wood; a fire at a large hay and fodder store. Reel 5: first aid being given at Number 3 Field Ambulance (?) possibly of the New Zealand Division. Reel 6: Brigadier-General John Charteris, head of GHQ Intelligence, leaving a building in Montreuil, as despatch riders pass through the town; General Cadorna, the Italian C-in-C, entering a train; King George V at the firing of a 14-inch railway gun of 471st Siege Battery, Brayon, 8 August 1918.
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Massey, William Ferguson (person)
Solly-Flood, Arthur (person)
Charteris, John (person)
Cadorna, Luigi (person)
George V, King (person)
Royal Air Force, Royal Flying Corps (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Artillery, RGA & Siege Bty 471 (regiment/service)
United States Army & American Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
United States Army & Infantry Regt 307 (regiment/service)
Voluntary Aid Detachment (regiment/service)
New Zealand Military Forces, New Zealand Div (regiment/service)
New Zealand Military Forces, Field Ambulance 3 (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - combat: Bristol F2B Fighter (object name)
destruction, French: fire (object name)
prisoners of war, German - movement (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 4.5-inch howitzer (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 18-pounder field gun (object name)
society, British - sustenance (object name)
recreation, British civilian - social (object name)
casualties, New Zealand wounded - battlefield (object name)
training, United States military - combat (object name)
buildings, British - military: headquarters (British Expeditionary Force) (object name)
Montreuil, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography)
Brayon, Somme, France (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 5
Footage: 1725 ft; Running time: 29 mins
Notes: Title: this has been taken from the store ledger.
Summary: probably British official film throughout, perhaps compiled as background for a lecture or with a similar intention that is now lost. See also IWM 105, IWM 216, IWM 269 and IWM 289.
Technical: note that the five reels of this film are numbered as 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6. Reel 3 appears to have once existed but cannot now be traced.