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Summary: I. Women help harvest tobacco crop.
II. Gymnastics demonstration on the cadet training ship Arethusa.
III. Repair work to a railway bridge across the Missouri River.
IV. Transport of French and Serbian wounded on the Salonika front.
Description: I. 'WOMEN LAND WORKERS. Appeals are made by the Government for help on the land. Some of the women who have answered their country's call.' Men at work in a field of tobacco - they are cutting down the mature plants. Women at work in tobacco field picking off poor leaves and collecting the cut crop and stringing it on sticks ready for drying.
II. 'JACK TAR KEEPS FIT. Men of the Royal Navy keeping fit for the German Navy should the latter venture out of the Kiel Canal.' Cadet sailors vault over a horse on the deck of the training ship (ex-frigate) Arethusa. The boys form a complicated tableaux around the horse. HA as boys practice semaphore. MS of the cadets seated for a group picture - they hold an up-ended lifebelt framing a seated dog.
III. 'BRIDGE BUILDING RECORD. Fitting a new section into the Union Pacific Railway bridge over the Missouri River in twelve minutes.' LS along girder railway bridge as men work on a section of double track - to the left a train passes slowly by on another parallel section. Men work jacks to lift the bridge section and slide steel roller track underneath to be able to move it. 'MOVING 5,000 TONS. Lifting the new bridge on hydraulic jacks and rolling the double track into place. This feat constitutes a record in American engineering.' New bridge section is moved across the underlying supports into position. VIPs stand watching the process.
IV. 'RED CROSS WORK IN THE TRENCHES. Men wounded on the Salonika front being conveyed from the trenches in rough carts drawn by oxen. One of the snipers carefully cleans his rifle in case of emergency.' A French and Serbian soldier pass down a rough trench. MS of two men relaxing in a dug-out in the side of a trench. Outside a man sits cleaning his Berthier rifle, while in the background another is engaged in lighting a cigarette. Serbs lift a stretcher onto the back of a wagon. Two oxen pull past a cart carrying French wounded - a second cart follows and then a mule carrying side panniers in which wounded men are seated.
Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, ARETHUSA (HMS), training ship (regiment/service)
Union Pacific Railroad (regiment/service)
British Army (regiment/service)
British Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: agriculture, British - arable: tobacco (object name)
economics, British national - employment: women land workers (object name)
ships, British naval - STR: Arethusa (object name)
training, British naval: physical training (object name)
training, British naval - specialist: semaphore (object name)
engineering, civil, United States: railway bridge (object name)
medical, French military - movement: mule (object name)
medical, French military - movement: ox-cart (object name)
transport, French military - animal ambulance (object name)
weapons, French - smallarm: Berthier M1907 rifle (object name)
GB, England (geography)
Missouri River, United States of America (geography)
Greece & Salonika area, 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: 288 ft; Running time: 3 mins