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Title:AUSTRALIAN CORPS TRAINING SCHOOL [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 165
Summary: A demonstration by Australian Infantry of tactics used in trench fighting on the Western Front, early 1918 (?).
Description: Opening with a pan over a group of Australian soldiers of various divisions wearing their bush hats and watching the exercise. This is followed by the exercise itself. Australian troops in full battle equipment run past a cloud of earth thrown up by an explosion. Some go over a bayonet assault course wearing their gasmasks. Two, with bush hats, fire rifle grenades from a kneeling position. The final scene is platoon training. In a very realistic exercise the platoon, led by its officer, practises bombing up the traverses in a training trench, a grenade being thrown and the men dashing forward to arrive just after the explosion. Finally a 3-inch mortar is fired from a trench.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 311 ft; Running time: 6 mins
Notes: Title: this is taken from the shotsheet.
Production: Australian official film.
Remarks: an extremely valuable demonstration of the tactics in use by the British and Imperial forces during the final stages of trench warfare.