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Summary: I. Russian troops arrive in Salonika.
II. Austrian POWs in a Russian camp.
III. Blinded soldiers are taught new skills.
Description: I. 'RUSSIANS IN MACEDONIA. Russian troops disembarking from the transport to help the Allies in Macedonia.' Small paddle-steamer crowded with Russian troops runs alongside quay and men disembark. 'HELP FOR THE ALLIES. Russian Staff Officers watch their men landing. These troops are some of the finest in the Russian Army.' Officers look on as men disembark. Allied troops also watch the arrival of the Russians - on the quayside a British Army band plays to welcome them.
II. 'RUSSIAN INTERNMENT CAMP. One of the camps in Russia where the Germans captured in the great offensive are being sent.' HA.LS over POWs standing in ranks - they appear to be Austrian rather than German. More prisoners are joining the queues as the camera pans slowly right to show the extent of the crowd.
III. 'ST. DUNSTAN'S. The Hostel for blind soldiers where they are taught various trades. The dexterity the men show in repairing boots and making baskets is amazing.' MS as two men work on repairing boots - the nearest man is nailing on a new heel-piece but has positioned his nail askew - he removes it and tries again. MS of men making wicker baskets - CUs of one with a nearly completed basket and another just starting work on the base plate. 'BLIND SOLDIERS TYPEWRITING. Men receive instruction in manipulating the keyboard of a typewriter.' CU of a man typing - a woman instructor is placing his fingers on the keys. MS same - the woman does not look at what she is doing and is probably herself blind. Other men type and operate (?) comptometer.
Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Imperial Russian Army (regiment/service)
Saint Dunstan's School for the War Blinded (regiment/service)
Keywords: operations, Russian military - movement: ship (object name)
prisoners of war, Austro-Hungarian - custody (object name)
medical, British military - hospital: Saint Dunstan's (object name)
Greece & Salonika, Macedonia (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: 305 ft; Running time: 3 mins