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Summary: Scenes of Gaza and its surroundings shortly after its capture by British forces, Palestine Front, November 1917.
Description: (Reel 1) A panorama of Gaza under British occupation. (The two ships described as shallow draft monitors which bombarded Gaza are HMS Moth and HMS Caddis Fly (?) serving in Mesopotamia.) The ruins of the Great Mosque: "information was received that the Turks were using the Great Mosque as an ammunition dump" and so "the Turks paid the penalty for their sacrilegious trickery, our guns fired five rounds at the Mosque, with disastrous results". British and Indian troops with Turkish Army prisoners. A final portrait shot of General Sir Edmund Allenby, commanding the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. (Reel 2) A series of stockshots. A camel train carrying water, another camel train encamped. 60-pounder guns of 75th Division (?) in action. Limbered 18-pounders entering Gaza. The old trenches around Gaza shown by night and day. British soldiers in part of the ruins of Gaza. Two German prisoners taken along with the Turks. Australian Light Horse, probably in a training exercise, making a dismounted charge in the sand dunes. British Lewis machine-gunners training.
Production Details: War Office Cinema Committee (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Jeapes, Harold (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Allenby, Edmund Henry Hynman (person)
British Army, Egyptian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 75 (regiment/service)
Australian Army, Australian Imperial Force (regiment/service)
Australian Army, Egyptian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
Australian Army, Australian Light Horse (regiment/service)
Indian Army, Egyptian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British naval - light forces: Moth (object name)
ships, British naval - light forces: Caddis Fly (?) (object name)
buildings, Palestinian - religious: mosque & [damaged] (object name)
propaganda, British - inflammatory (object name)
prisoners of war, Turkish - movement (object name)
prisoners of war, German - movement (object name)
animals, mammals: camel (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 60-pounder (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 18-pounder field gun (object name)
combat, British - artillery bombardment (object name)
training, Australian military - combat (object name)
training, British military - weapons: machine gun (object name)
weapons, British - smallarm: Lewis machine gun (object name)
Turkey & Gaza, 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: 2
Footage: 1353 ft; Running time: 22 mins
Notes: Title: this is taken from the store ledger.
Intertitles: these are all flashframes.
Date: the shotsheet refers to Allenby as "Lord Allenby", a title he did not receive until after the war.
Summary: see also IWM 6, IWM 58, IWM 60, IWM 71 and IWM 79.