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Title:IN ACTION WITH OUR CANADIAN TROOPS [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 255
Other titles:OFFICIAL PICTURES OF THE BRITISH ARMY IN FRANCE - SECOND SERIES [Series Title]
Summary: Canadian troops on the Western Front, February 1916.
Description: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry parade with the standard presented by the Princess, and march to the trenches. They enter heading towards "Prowse Point", the shallow, waterlogged trench which forms the junction of the British and Canadian lines. 5th (Saskatchewan) Battalion, 1st Division, repairs its own trenches and stops for a meal. The men of the battalion stand-to in their trench (which like the others is narrow, shallow and waterlogged) and send out a reconnaissance party past some shattered buildings and water-filled shellholes. One sniper is poised in the ruins of a house's front room. The view from a front line trench of shell-bursts over buildings in the German positions. A short pan over the Canadian line from an elevated position. An officer and some men crouch in a wood close to the enemy, possibly Mont Sorel. Finally, a fenced enclosure for the graves of "Canadian Heroes".
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: Canadian Army, Canadian Light Infantry, Princess Patricia's (regiment/service)
Canadian Army, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Div 1, Bn 5 (regiment/service)
Keywords: operations, Canadian military - routine (object name)
casualties, Canadian graves - battlefield (object name)
Prowse Point, Mont Sorel, West Flanders, Belgium (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: 623 ft; Running time: 11 mins
Notes: Cameraman: the cameraman was either Malins or Tong.
Remarks: in addition to the generally poor film quality, which makes unit identification difficult, much of this film does not look right, and it may have quite a lot of fakes in it.