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Title:THE NEW ZEALAND FIELD ARTILLERY IN FRANCE [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 166
Other titles:NEW ZEALAND RIFLE BRIGADE ON THE MARCH (extracts) [Alternative Title]
Summary: Jumble of scenes from two films showing the New Zealand Field Artillery and the New Zealand Rifle Brigade on the Western Front in 1917 and early 1918.
Description: The opening scenes show New Zealand Field Artillery horses being watered at a river and fed at horse lines. This is followed by a scene of a gunner officer emerging from a sandbagged command post and directing fire using a megaphone. An 18-pounder fires (viewed from the rear with a detailed close-up of the aiming and firing mechanism). A Forward Observation Officer directs fire through his signaller using a field telephone. A soldier emerges from his dugout and fires a rifle grenade (the recoil knocks his shrapnel helmet off). This is followed by two long sequences of two different battalions marching. One wearing shrapnel helmets marches through a village. The second is the New Zealand Rifle Brigade marching along a country road. A brief scene of gunners riding their horses bareback. The route marche continues. A scene of gunners being issued Christmas parcels by the Battery Quartermaster Sergeant. The film ends with an extended sequence of two 18-pounders in the snow firing at the intense rate.
Alternative Title:NEW ZEALAND RIFLE BRIGADE ON THE MARCH (extracts) [Alternative Title]