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Title:BRITISH TROOPS ON THE WESTERN FRONT, MAY 1918 [Allocated Title]
Film Number:IWM 226
Summary: Jumbled and possibly unrelated scenes of British forces on the Western Front, May 1918.
Description: Men of the Chinese Labour Corps march along a road. Two of the Suffolk Regiment (?) who escaped from the Germans are questioned by a British officer. A light railway train carrying ammunition moves through the rear areas of the battlefield. A dump of 9.2-inch shells with a sign held up "one day's rations for one gun". Troops unload and stack shells from a light train. Royal Engineers in a wood by the railway make defences of cheveux-de-frise from tree trunks and barbed wire. Gunners remove the camouflage from shells in a dump and fire them from a 12-inch railway gun (film disjointed). The gunners rest and eat. German prisoners with British soldiers guarding them. British soldiers resting, probably at a dressing station. Ammunition limbers move down a road. A 6-inch Mk VII gun battery in action. Soldiers resting in a village. Intelligence officers inspecting prisoners. British soldiers marching along a road. German prisoners (some wave at the camera). A line of Cavalrymen with their horses by the road mount up and move off.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
McDowell, J B (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Chinese Labour Corps (regiment/service)
British Army, Suffolk Regiment (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Engineers (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Artillery, Royal Garrison Artillery (regiment/service)
British Army, cavalry (regiment/service)
Keywords: prisoners of war, British - custody (object name)
intelligence, military, British - interrogation (object name)
transport, British military - rail: narrow gauge train (object name)
supplies, British, storage [FA] - munitions: [+] (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 12-inch (railway mounted) (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 6-inch Mark VII (object name)
prisoners of war, German - movement (object name)
defences, British - passive: cheveux-de-frise (object name)