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Summary: I. Newsreel item on early damage to a village school in France, autumn 1914.
II. Newsreel item on British and Belgian soldiers in the rear areas near Ypres, October 1914.
III. Newsreel item on Belgian refugees crossing into the Netherlands, September or October 1914.
Description: The school is given as at "Cuvergnon", probably in the Marne area. It shows slight damage from shells, having been "wilfully wrecked by the Germans".
A crowd of interested soldiers has gathered before the camera. One soldier, in mechanic's overalls, dances a highly professional 'cake-walk' style of show dance, described by the caption as a "jig".
The scene is a frontier post between Holland and Belgium. The four Dutch soldiers on duty pose in the road for the camera, 'guarding' their post. A cart carrying Belgian refugees with their belongings comes up to the post and they let it through without bother.
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army (regiment/service)
Belgian Army (regiment/service)
Royal Netherlands Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: destruction, French military - area: artillery bombardment (object name)
buildings, French - institutional: school & [damaged] (object name)
destruction, French military - area: artillery bombardment (object name)
propaganda, British - inflammatory (object name)
recreation, British military - casual (object name)
recreation, British military - dance (object name)
refugees, Belgian - flight (object name)
Cuvergnon, Oise, France (geography)
Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium (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: 84 ft; Running time: 2 mins
Notes: Production: see IWM 1061-01 for production details. Another item from this issue is held as IWM 1061-09o, later on this reel
Technical: this fragment is currently held on the same reel as IWM 1061-09a-o, the can is marked as IWM 1061-09