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Title:ADVANCE OF THE CRUSADERS INTO MESOPOTAMIA - 3 [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 79
Summary: British forces on the Mesopotamian Front, September 1917.
Description: A balloon of 23rd Kite Balloon Company defended by a 13-pounder anti-aircraft gun on a lorry mount. A crashed RE8 reconnaissance aircraft (compare with the same scene in IWM 68 MESOPOTAMIA - DIYALA RIVER, KIFRIE ROAD, TUZ KERMATLI). A Holt tractor hauling a 60-pounder through the desert near Ramadi. A 60-pounder firing in the desert. Turkish soldiers surrendering to a British 18-pounder battery. More 60-pounders, described as "naval guns". A British battalion resting in camp. British soldiers swimming in the River Narim close to the damaged bridge at Narim Kopris. Women refugees in Baghdad sewing clothing and sorting munitions under the direction of ASC personnel. Ezra's Tomb at Qurna, described as "a Turkish Mosque". Marsh Arabs trying to sell eggs to passing boats. A panorama of Baghdad. A dredger on the River Tigris. A diver "repairing boats captured from the Turks". (Compare with the same scene in IWM 65 WITH THE FORCES IN MESOPOTAMIA - SERIES 6.) Local boats, 'ballams', in Khora creek. A street in Baghdad, including the silversmith Zahroam of Amara. The monuments erected by the Turks at Kut to their war dead.
Production Details: Jury's Imperial Pictures (Production company)
Jury, William F (Production individual)
Varges, Ariel L (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Zahroam of Amara (person)
British Army, Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Flying Corps, Kite Balloon Section 23 (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - balloon: observation kite balloon (object name)
aircraft, British - combat: Royal Aircraft Establishment RE8 & [wrecked] & [+] (object name)
transport, British military - prime mover: Holt tractor (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 60-pounder (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 18-pounder field gun (object name)
prisoners of war, Turkish - surrender (object name)
combat, British - artillery bombardment (object name)
recreation, British military - casual: swimming (object name)
buildings, Mesopotamian - historic (object name)
society, Mesopotamian - ethnic (object name)
ships, British auxiliary - harbour: dredger (object name)
equipment, British naval - personal: diving helmet (object name)
ships, Mesopotamian civilian - inland: ballam (object name)
industry, Mesopotamian - craft (object name)
arts, Mesopotamian - ethnic (object name)
buildings, Turkish - monumental: war memorial (object name)
Turkey & Ramadi area, Mesopotamia (geography)
Turkey & Narim River, Mesopotamia (geography)
Turkey & Narim Kopris, Mesopotamia (geography)
Turkey & Qurna, Mesopotamia (geography)
Turkey & Baghdad, Mesopotamia (geography)
Turkey & Tigris River, Mesopotamia (geography)
Turkey & Khora Creek, Mesopotamia (geography)
Turkey & Basra, Mesopotamia (geography)
Turkey & Kut al Amara, Mesopotamia (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: 881 ft; Running time: 15 mins
Notes: Title: only the series title appears on the film. The episode number has been taken from the shotsheet.
Production: this film appears to be one of the post-war compilations made by Jury from official material as part of his reward for controlling wartime film production.
Summary: see also IWM 59, IWM 61, IWM 64, IWM 68, IWM 72, IWM 80, IWM 81 and IWM 82. The "naval guns" 60-pounder scene appears as a stockshot in IWM 116.