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Summary: British and French troops on the Salonika Front, probably 1916.
Description: A British column of mules and wagons moves down a hill road. British soldiers and Greek civilians unloading and stacking stores. French 105mm howitzers, limbered up, moving along a dirt road. British soldiers hauling an 18-pounder field gun into position. A French shell dump with 75mm shells being fused on a special machine. A British soldier throwing Mills grenades from a trench. A Vickers machine gun team in action (note the machine-gunner 'tapping' the gun handles to spread the cone of fire). A heavily camouflaged "huge gun", possibly a British 6-inch Mk VII field gun, shown from front and rear.
Production Details: War Office Cinema Committee (Production sponsor)
International Film Service (Production company)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Varges, Ariel L (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army (regiment/service)
French Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: supplies, British, storage [RA] - misc (object name)
supplies, French, storage [RA] - munitions (object name)
weapons, French - gun: 105mm howitzer (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 18-pounder field gun (object name)
equipment, French - fire control: fusing mechanism (object name)
weapons, British - smallarm: Vickers machine gun & [+] (object name)
training, British military - weapons: machine gun & [+] (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 6-inch Mark VII (?) (object name)
Greece & Salonika area, Macedonia (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: 415 ft; Running time: 7 mins
Notes: Production: probably made by the Topical Film Company before it was taken over by the British government as a production company, and the establishing of an official cameraman on the Salonika Front. The identification of Varges as the cameraman is tentative, based on work by Nicholas Hiley. It appears that Varges was in 1916 already employed by the British on a semi-official basis in Salonika.