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Other titles:THE WAR ANNALS 82 [Alternative Title]
Summary: I. French newsreel item of a still photograph, irised in and out, of two Bulgarian officers in a car on their way to negotiate the surrender of Bulgaria to the Allies, Salonika Front, 30th September 1918.
II. French newsreel item on the British and Canadian advance through towns abandoned by the Germans, Western Front, October 1918.
III. French newsreel item of the entrances to the three captured forts of Nogent, l'Abbesse and Brimont from which the Germans bombarded Rheims, Western Front, October 1918.
IV. French newsreel item of General Mangin talking with US Ambassador William G Sharp near Laon, posed for cameras, Western Front, October 1918.
Description: Armentières, set on fire by the Germans in their retreat, no longer burning but showing damage to the main streets. Lens and its church are a pile of rubble and bricks. La Bassée is only half-standing, British troops, of I Corps, inspect the ruins before marching off. Some British sappers dig through the banks of the La Bassée Canal to make a crossing point. Cambrai (tinted red) is on fire as troops of Canadian 3rd Division watch. The Canadians, one carrying a French flag, move through the city, working as fire-fighters with pumps and buckets. Lorry-towed 4.5-inch howitzers move through the town (tinting ends).
Production Details: Section Cinématographique de l'Armée Française (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Mangin, Charles Emmanuel Marie (person)
Sharp, William G (person)
Bulgarian Army (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 1 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Engineers (regiment/service)
British Army, Canadian Expeditionary Force, 3 Division (regiment/service)
Canadian Army, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Div 3 (regiment/service)
Keywords: demolition, German - denial (object name)
destruction, French: fire (object name)
destruction, French military - area: artillery bombardment (object name)
buildings, French - religious: church & [wrecked] (object name)
engineering, military, British (object name)
arts, French military - heraldry: flag (Tricolore) (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 4.5-inch howitzer (object name)
defences, German - emplacement: fort & [captured] (object name)
First World War, Salonika Front & Bulgaria, Surrender of & 30/9/1918 (event)
31/3(497.2) [1918 Surrender] (event)
Armentières, Nord, France (geography)
Lens, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography)
La Bassée, Nord, France (geography)
La Bassée Canal, Nord, France (geography)
Cambrai, Nord, France (geography)
Fort de Nogent, Reims, Marne, France (geography)
Fort de l'Abbesse, Reims, Marne, France (geography)
Fort de Brimont, Reims, Marne, France (geography)
Laon, Aisne, France (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W (part Tinted)
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: French
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 523 ft; Running time: 9 mins
Notes: Title: this and the subtitles are flashframes
Date: this is taken from French official records but seems too early for some of the material
Production etc: see Notes to IWM 508-10
Remarks: the red tinting makes the fires at Cambrai, which are mainly smouldering, look far worse, and more dramatic, than the normal monochrome