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Other titles:THE BRITISH REGIMENTS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: A regular battalion of the Essex Regiment in the rear areas of the Western Front, autumn 1917.
Description: I. A posed group of men of the battalion lying on the grass. Signallers practise semaphore on the parade ground. Stretcher-bearer teams, also on the parade ground, go through the drill of helping casualties. Four battalion boot-repairers at work. The mid-day meal is issued to the men who queue up with their mess tins. Men of the battalion are billeted in a farm and walk up an outside stairway to a hayloft. The mail arrives and the men cluster round to receive parcels. A company marches down a country road in shirtsleeve order. II. Two unrelated scenes have become attached to the end of the film. Recruiting bands march through city streets joined by civilians. Two observers, in a faked close-up, in a balloon basket.
Production Details: War Office Cinema Committee (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Essex Regiment (regiment/service)
Keywords: operations, British military - routine (object name)
training, British military - specialist: signals (object name)
communications, British military - direct: semaphore (object name)
training, British military - specialist: medical (object name)
society, British military - sustenance (object name)
communications, British military - postal (object name)
recruitment, British military: recruiting march (object name)
aircraft, British - balloon: observation kite balloon (object name)
GB, England (geography)