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Summary: I. Serbian priest blesses passing troops.
II. Territorials march at ease in the English countryside.
III. Inspection of 'Y' Division of Special Constabulary.
IV. Band of the Garde Republicaine is entertained by the Lord Mayor of London.
Description: I. 'SERBIANS GOING INTO ACTION. Serbian priest blessing the Troops as they pass on their way to the Front'. A priest stands among a group of women and young children - he faces a low building and as he reads aloud some of the women cross themselves. In the background a column of soldiers and laden mules passes through the widely scattered buildings of the village - despite the title there is no very obvious connection between the two events.
II. 'LONDON TERRITORIALS. Some of the London Regiment on the march. "A London battalion co-operated with the French at the taking of Combles". HA.MS over column of Territorials on the march along a country road - they are marching at ease and do not present a very military appearance - several are smoking pipes. The rifles appear to be .256 Arisakas. MS of a group of officers, two on horseback.
III. 'SIR E. WARD INSPECTS 'SPECIALS'. The Chief of the Metropolitan Special Constabulary inspects the members of 'Y' Division'. Ward inspects ranks of Specials fallen in on grass field - terraced houses in the background. Specials march past - in rather disordered ranks - while a few spectators look on. MCU of Ward.
IV. 'GARDE REPUBLICAINE BAND. France's famous military band marches to the Mansion House and are (sic) entertained by the Lord Mayor'. MS as senior French and British military officers enter the Mansion House. (Major-General Sir Francis Lloyd, Commanding London District and the Chef de Musique Captain Balay were present.) French bandsmen arrive (without instruments) preceded by massed bands of the Brigade of Guards and followed by pipers of the Scots Guards carrying their pipes. In the background is Manfield and Sons Boots. 'CITY WELCOME. The French band standing to attention as the massed Guard's band play the "Marseillaise" on their arrival in the City'. MS of French contingent fallen in to listen to their national anthem.
Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Ward, Edward (person)
Serbian Army (regiment/service)
British Army, London Regiment (regiment/service)
Special Constabulary & Div Y (regiment/service)
French Army, Garde Republicaine (regiment/service)
Keywords: operations, Serbian military - movement: road (object name)
religion, Christianity - ceremonial, Serbian: blessing (object name)
operations, British military - movement: road (object name)
weapons, British military - smallarm: Arisaka rifle (object name)
ceremonies, British - event-related: inspection of police (object name)
ceremonies, French - display: parade (object name)
delegations, French international - goodwill: Garde Republicaine band visits London (object name)
GB, England (geography)
GB, England & London, EC <Mansion House> (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: 317 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Summary (item II): Combles was retaken by Anglo-French forces on 26 September
Summary (item IV): the French arrived in London on 28 September, and enjoyed their luncheon at the Mansion House on 30 September.