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Summary: I. Ammunition column at the front ?
II. The London Transport Column.
III.Russian infantry reviewed by General Paget.
IV. Russian cavalry reviewed by General Paget (continuation of item III).
V. Reception for blind soldiers at Buckingham Palace.
Description: I. Panning shot around quayside on river (estuary ?) in barren, rolling landscape. Soldiers (not British ?) sit around on the grass. In the middle distance, a large cargo ship is docked at the makeshift quay. Boxes are pulled along the beach on a horse-drawn cart (probably an ammunition column - see notes).
II. 'THE CITY'S RED CROSS MEN: The London Transport Column, who are engaged in transporting wounded from the London Railway Stations march to Buckingham Palace'. A procession of ambulances and cars drive into the front courtyard of Buckingham Palace. A long line of men marches out of the gates and down the Mall.
III. 'INSPECTING RUSSIAN INFANTRY: One of the features in the drill of a Russian infantryman is the way he follows his officer with his eyes ready to read his thoughts and to obey'. Line of Russian troops stand to attention with sabres drawn as their commanding officer passes. After he has passed by, the men abruptly turn their heads in his direction. General Paget with the Russians: officers salute him as he gets ready to leave.
IV. 'RUSSIAN CAVALRY: Sir A. Paget reviewing Russian Cavalry as they pass through the snow clad forests on their way to the Eastern Front'. General Paget, accompanied by British and Russian officers review a column of cavalry as it heads off into the forest.
V. 'KING ENTERTAINS WOUNDED SOLDIERS: Blinded soldiers from St. Dunstan's arriving at Buckingham Palace. They were entertained by the King and Queen who personally saw to the comfort of their guests'. Several B-type omnibuses (one from 'Mortlake Garage' carry the soldiers into the palace through the Horse Guard's Parade entrance. Inside, young women are seen getting out of cars. The King and Queen are not seen. (Abrupt end.)
Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Paget, A (person)
London Transport Column (regiment/service)
Imperial Russian Army, infantry (regiment/service)
Imperial Russian Army, cavalry (regiment/service)
Keywords: supplies, British, movement [RA] - munitions (object name)
buildings, British - institutional: Buckingham Palace (object name)
ceremonies, British - display: procession (object name)
ceremonies, Russian - display: review of troops (object name)
casualties, British military - wounded: blind ex-servicemen (object name)
recreation, British military - social: Buckingham Palace reception (object name)
transport, British civilian - bus: B-Type omnibus (object name)
GB, England & London, SW <Buckingham Palace> (geography)
Russia (?) (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: 1
Footage: 285 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Summary (item I): no intertitle on this item. It is likely that this is the missing item in the NFTVA's copy described in notes by Luke McKernan. He records an intertitle saying 'AMMUNITION FOR THE FRONT: An ammunition column loading up with shells at the quay side and leaving with supplies for the front'. This broadly agrees with the footage contained here.
Summary: details of contents derived largely from work by Luke McKernan of the NFTVA, to whom much of the credit must go.