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Other titles:WITH THE CANADIANS ON THE WESTERN FRONT [Alternative Title]
Summary: British film of the Canadian Corps forces in Britain and on the Western Front, 1917-1918.
Description: I. (Reel 1) A parade by Canadian 207th Battalion, led by Lieutenant-Colonel C W McLean, to lay up their colours in Westminster Abbey, probably just prior to the battalion's absorption into 6th Reserve Battalion on 2nd June 1917. Canadian soldiers in France parading to vote in the general election on 17th December 1917. A village, probably Vimy area, being shelled, filmed from some distance away. Canadians, probably of 3rd Division, holding a pay parade in a shell-damaged village. A brigade paraded to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation on 1st June 1917 with a service, watched by Lieutenant-General Currie, the Canadian Corps commander, and General Horne, commander of First Army. Rubble and remains of the village of Vimy; a company of 42nd Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada) returns from the village. (Reel 2) Engineers, British or more probably Canadians, constructing and operating a narrow gauge railway. First horse-drawn scoops flatten out the path, then complete sections of rail, with sleepers already attached, are laid. Flatcars are loaded with 8-inch shells and sent forward on the railway from the dump, past "Piccadilly" and "Crucifix" junctions to an 8-inch Mark V howitzer battery.
Personalities, Units and Organisations: McLean, C W (person)
Currie, Arthur William (person)
Horne, Henry Sinclair (person)
British Army, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Bn 207 (regiment/service)
British Army, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Bn 42 (Royal Highlanders of Canada) (regiment/service)
British Army, Canadian Expeditionary Force, 3 Division (regiment/service)
British Army, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Engineers (regiment/service)
Canadian Army, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Bn 207 (regiment/service)
Canadian Army, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Bn 42 (Royal Highlanders of Canada) (regiment/service)
Canadian Army, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Div 3 (regiment/service)
Canadian Army, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Engineers (regiment/service)
Keywords: buildings, British - religious: abbey (object name)
ceremonies, Canadian - event-related: parade (colours) (object name)
politics, Canadian - institutional (object name)
combat, Canadian - artillery bombardment [D] (object name)
ceremonies, Canadian - event-related: anniversary (Canadian Confederation, 50th) (object name)
engineering, military, Canadian (object name)
supplies, Canadian, movement [FA] - munitions (object name)
destruction, French military - area: artillery bombardment (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 8-inch howitzer & [Canadian] (object name)
GB, England & London, SW <Westminster Abbey> (geography)
Crucifix Junction, Vimy, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography)
Piccadilly Junction, Vimy, Pas-de-Calais, France (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: 2
Footage: 1428 ft; Running time: 25 mins
Notes: Technical: at some point this film was attached to IWM 466 as IWM 466a, but was later renumbered.
Title: the alternative title is taken from an undated WOCC programme for several films including one with this title which provides a close visual match to the material described here. Note, however, that as described in the programme, the two reels of the film were intended by the WOCC to be shown in the reverse order.
Remarks: the inclusion of the film in the programme mentioned in the previous note makes it unlikely that much, if any, of this film was shot by Pathe cameramen. Presumably the retitling (and the change of order, if original) indicate a role for Pathe more linked to distribution than to production.