- Title: THE KING VISITS HIS ARMIES IN THE GREAT ADVANCE [Main Title]
- Film Number: IWM 192
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- Summary: King George V's visit to the British forces on the Western Front, 8-15 August 1916.
- Description: The King arrives at Calais and meets various military and civilian dignitaries. He is taken to General Haig's château at Beauquesne where with Haig and the Prince of Wales he meets President Poincaré and Generals Joffre and Foch (Lloyd George is seen arriving also - see notes below). The King visits troops of II ANZAC Corps, a Casualty Clearing Station in Second Army area, a church at Cassel and the Canadian Corps area. At La Panne he meets with the Prince of Wales and the Belgian royal family to present decorations to Belgian soldiers. He tours parts of Second Army area and the Somme battlefield, escorted by General Sir Henry Rawlinson, while the battle is in progress. The King then returns to Calais and crosses the English Channel in safety.
- Access Conditions: IWM Attribution: © IWM
- Featured Period: 1914-1918
- Production Date: 1916-10
- Production Country: GB
- Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor) British Topical Committee for War Films (Production company) Jury, William F (Production individual) Malins, Geoffrey H (Production individual) McDowell, J B (Production individual)
- Personalities, Units and Organisations: George V, King (person) Edward, Prince (Duke of Windsor) (person) Ditte (General) (person) Clooton (General) (person) Morieux (M) (person) Haig, Douglas (person) Albert I, King of Belgium (person) Elisabeth, Queen of Belgium (person) Leopold III, King of Belgium (person) Charles, Prince of Belgium (person) Marie-José, Princess of Belgium (person) Alexander, Prince of Teck (person) Poincaré, Raymond (person) Joffre, Joseph Jacques Cesaire (person) Foch, Ferdinand (person) Lloyd George, David (person) Hankey, Maurice Pascal Alers (person) Plumer, Herbert Charles Onslow (person) Byng, Julian Hedworth George (person) Chetwode, Philip Walhouse (person) Congreve, Walter Norris (person) Brooks, Ernest (person) Harding (Second Lieutenant) (person) Thompson (Major) (person) Lefebre, Joseph (person) British Army, Dragoon Guards, 5 (regiment/service) British Army, North Staffordshire Regiment (regiment/service) British Army, Lancers, 17 (regiment/service) British Army, Royal Artillery, RGA & Siege Bty 115 (regiment/service) British Army, Royal Army Medical Corps, Casualty Clearing Station 10 (regiment/service) British Army, Royal Army Medical Corps, Casualty Clearing Station 17 (regiment/service) British Army, Northamptonshire Regiment (regiment/service) Canadian Army, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Bn 25 (regiment/service) Canadian Army, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Bn 26 (regiment/service) Canadian Army, Casualty Clearing Station, 3 (regiment/service) Canadian Army, Canadian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service) Belgian Army, Infantry, 8 (regiment/service) Australian Army, Australian Imperial Force (regiment/service) Australian Army, II Anzac Corps (regiment/service)
- Keywords: buildings, British - military: headquarters (British Expeditionary Force) (object name) buildings, British - military: casualty clearing station (object name) buildings, French - religious: church (object name) weapons, British - gun: 6-inch 26cwt howitzer (object name) equipment, British - personal: telescope (object name) animals, mammals: dog (object name) casualties, British graves - battlefield (object name) medical, British military - hospital (object name) delegations, British national - state (object name) delegations, British international - state (object name) delegations, British Imperial - state (object name) refugees, French - settlement (object name) 01/3(4-15).57 (event) 31/3(44) (event) Calais, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography) Château Valvion, Beauquesne, Somme, France (geography) Steenwerk, Nord, France (geography) Rémy, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography) Reningelst, West Flanders, Belgium (geography) De Panne, West Flanders, Belgium (geography) Mametz, Somme, France (geography) English Channel (geography) Dover, Kent, England, UK (geography) Children (concept)
- 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: 2 Footage: 2497 ft; Running time: 40 mins
- Notes: Summary: see also IWM 198 and IWM 192 sections. Although Lloyd George is shown on the film arriving with the others he did not in fact attend the meeting, and was not in France at the time. Shotsheet: a detailed shotsheet and analysis of the film has been prepared and is held on file in the Film and Video Archive. Also held is a copy of a programme from a screening of this film at the Scala Theatre (undated).
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