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Title:WESTERN FRONT CHRISTMAS - 1915 (?) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:IWM 106
Summary: Christmas scenes on the Western Front, probably 1915.
Description: The Prince of Wales leaves a house to enter a car. A steam pump in operation by a canal lock, probably the Yser Canal. Troops, possibly new arrivals, entering billets. A field kitchen. Soldiers digging. A "Christmas ride to Berlin" (flashframe) showing British soldiers riding horses while wearing gasmasks. A horse obstacle-race. A "ride of the Amazons" (flashframe) of soldiers wearing skirts riding through shallow water. A ship coming into harbour. An RHA troop waiting to move off. British soldiers using a hand pump to clear a waterlogged trench.
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: Edward, Prince (Duke of Windsor) (person)
British Army, Royal Artillery, Royal Horse Artillery (regiment/service)
Keywords: equipment, British - engineering: water pump (steam) (object name)
equipment, British - environmental: field kitchen (object name)
equipment, British - engineering: water pump (hand) (object name)
ships, British civilian - passenger (object name)
recreation, British military - sport (object name)
Yser (Canal), Belgium (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: None
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 356 ft; Running time: 6 mins
Notes: Date: the date of Christmas 1915 is uncertain, but the format is that of early British official film, and Christmas 1916 seems too late. Also, there is the Prince of Wales, recorded by Malins as filmed at Christmas 1915.
Intertitles: these are all flashframes.