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Title:THIRD ARMY INFANTRY TRAINING SCHOOL [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 104
Summary: Demonstrations of mounted and dismounted drill at Third Army Infantry Training School, probably 1917.
Description: I. An officer shows the correct methods of mounting a horse, sitting at attention and at ease, trotting, the extended trot, leading off alternate legs and a dressage test. Following this, other riders jump. II. A party of six drill sergeants shows the correct and incorrect postures for attention, stand at ease, marching in file and halting, marking time, dressing, and saluting, all without weapons. Carrying rifles, they demonstrate the attention and at ease positions, fixing bayonets, bayonet guards and practise with "the blob", and against straw dummies. This ends with a demonstration of rushing a dummy trench system.
Production Details: War Office Cinema Committee (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Army Training School 3 (regiment/service)
Keywords: animals, mammals: horse (object name)
training, British military: [+] (object name)
Third Army Infantry Training School, France (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: 1104 ft; Running time: 19 mins
Notes: Title: this is taken from the shotsheet.
Intertitles: some of these are slightly out of sequence.
Remarks: a noteworthy, and in some ways frightening, demonstration of the extent to which the British Army of the period sought to ritualise the most trivial action, completely unconscious of the absurdity of its appearance.