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Summary: Incomplete, partially fictional film of Italian troops in the plains below the Alps, late 1918.
Description: The Italians, in campaign hats, climb up a rugged hill below the snow-line. A bridge blown up by the Austrians is shown. The Italians crouch behind a sandbag defensive wall. A view through a telescope (masked) shows the Austrian position in the valley below. An open-air church parade before the Italian attack.
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: 199 ft; Running time: 4 mins
Notes: Subtitles: these show occasionally quaint English and were probably composed in Italy
Summary: it is not clear how much of the sequence is fictional or reconstruction, but the scenes of the Italian troops in particular do not appear genuine
Technical: this film is listed in earlier records as 319 feet in length. The last 120 feet were in 1983 identified as a partial duplicate of IWM 218, and transferred to become IWM 218 P 2
Series continuity: the numbers IWM 1076 - IWM 1078 inclusive have been allocated to modern compilation film that is not always included in catalogues of the archival IWM series