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Other titles:THE NEW CRUSADERS (rough material) [Alternative Title]
Summary: Rough material of the Siwa Expedition of February and events in Gaza and El Arish of March and April, Egypt and Palestine Front, 1917.
Description: A British column of Rolls-Royce armoured cars and Ford Model T light cars prepares for the expedition. This is followed by their arrival in El Arish with "notables" assembling before the governor. In the desert the motor column signals with semaphore to part of a flanking column. The film then jumps back to a bedouin encampment outside El Arish. Inside El Arish the Sinai Police prepare to set out on patrol. Doctors work in a dressing station. In the desert there are a mounted patrol, a laden camel train, and more scenes of the motor column. Finally a large number of prisoners, some in Turkish uniform, being gathered inside an open square at El Arish.
Production Details: War Office Cinema Committee (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Jeapes, Harold (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Egyptian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
British Army, Hodgson's Force (regiment/service)
Sinai Police (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - armoured car: Rolls-Royce (object name)
transport, British military - car: Ford Model T light car (object name)
communications, British military - direct: semaphore (object name)
medical, British military - hospital (object name)
operations, British military - preparation (object name)
operations, British military - sortie (object name)
prisoners of war, Turkish - custody (object name)
31/3(621) [Siwa Expedition, 1917] (event)
Egypt & Siwa (?) (geography)
Turkey & El Arish, Palestine (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: 658 ft; Running time: 11 mins
Notes: Title: this is taken from the shotsheet
Summary: The British official cameraman did not arrive in Egypt until April 1917, and it seems unlikely that these scenes are actually of the expedition in February. See also IWM 17, IWM 58 and IWM 60. Production credits are provisional.