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Summary: I. Australian mobile wireless station in Salonika.
II. The River Thames in flood.
III. Blinded soldiers are trained in carpentry.
IV. Women farm labour at the Royal Farm at Sandringham.
Description: I. 'WIRELESS AT THE FRONT. Fixing up a temporary station which enables the officers to keep in touch with the Headquarters Staff.' Two Australian soldiers start up horse-drawn generator. CU of the generator in operation. Interior MS of morse sender at work - he wears earphones.
II. 'THE THAMES IN FLOOD. The enormous rainfall has flooded the Thames Valley, making the roads in some districts, impassable for traffic.' MS of man riding a horse and a horse pulling a two-wheeled cart along a flooded road. More wagons follow. A covered wagon bearing the legend 'PARIPAN LONDON & EGHAM' passes by. Another trader's wagon goes past.
III. 'WORKING UNDER DIFFICULTIES. Blind soldiers at St. Dunstan's are developing the sense of touch to replace their lost sight, and are enabled thereby to make themselves efficient carpenters.' MS and CU as a blind man planes a piece of wood. Others saw.
IV. 'THE ROYAL CATTLE FARMS. Miss Maxfield and the Misses Hobson who are working on the Royal Farm at Sandringham and taking the place of men in tending the King's Cattle.' Land Army girls at work - one forks turnips into a processor, others take away the resulting shredded animal feed in baskets - the device is clearly hand-cranked but this intermediate operation has been cut. One of the girls releases the cattle from their stalls while another brings up fresh hay 'GIRL FARMERS AT SANDRINGHAM. Cutting up turnips, cleaning out stalls, feeding pigs, driving up cows and milking them, all part of the work which has to be carried out every day including Sundays.' Girl carries a large pitchforkful of hay into cattle stalls while another rakes out the old material. A basket of feed is carried in. Girl opens gate for pigs. Two women drive cattle along a road towards the camera.
Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Hobson (Miss) (person)
Maxfield (Miss) (person)
Australian Army (regiment/service)
Saint Dunstan's School for the War Blinded (regiment/service)
Women's Land Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: communications, Australian military - electronic: wireless (object name)
equipment, Australian military - engineering: generator (horse-drawn) (object name)
destruction, British: flood in Thames Valley (object name)
transport, British civilian - animal: horse-drawn wagons (object name)
medical, British military - long term: blind ex-servicemen (object name)
training, British civilian - specialist: carpentry for the blinded (object name)
agriculture, British - animal: cattle (object name)
agriculture, British - animal: pigs (object name)
Greece & Salonika, Macedonia (geography)
Thames Valley, England, UK (geography)
London, England, UK (geography)
Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK (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: 315 ft; Running time: 3 mins