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Title:HMS MOTH AND HMS CADDIS FLY (?) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:IWM 71
Summary: The gunboats HMS Moth and HMS Caddis Fly (?) on the River Tigris and the River Euphrates, Mesopotamian Front, 1918.
Description: The film starts with a slow pan of a Fly Class river gunboat, probably HMS Caddis Fly. An Insect Class gunboat, HMS Moth, which is larger, is moored by the riverbank, and bombards the area with its 6-inch and 12-pounder guns. HMS Caddis Fly is shown on patrol, and making smoke while at anchor. The river shown may be the Tigris, the Euphrates, or both.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 544 ft; Running time: 10 mins
Notes: Title: the shotsheet gave this film the title HMS MOTH AND VARDIS. The store ledger, which is of an earlier date, gives it as just KARDIS. Neither name fits the Fly Class river gunboat shown. HMS Caddis Fly, which served in the area, seems the most likely candidate.
Summary: see also IWM 5, IWM 6, IWM 11 and IWM 82.
Remarks: the light and shade contrast between the sunlight, the water and the ships themselves is very beautiful.