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Summary: I. British troops enter Bethlehem.
II. Clémenceau visits Alsace.
III. US troops and artillery are moved by train across France.
IV. British troops build a sandbag observation post near Ramadi in Mesopotamia.
Description: I. 'BRITISH IN BETHLEHEM. Our troops headed by a band march into the Historical City of Bethlehem.' Locals look on as troops march through square.
II. 'M. CLEMENCEAU IN ALSACE. The French War Minister visits Alsace where he receives a hearty welcome and embraces veterans of 1870.' Clémenceau embraces and kisses some young girls who are wearing Alsatian dress, inspects a guard of honour, shakes hands with civic dignitaries (?), embraces an Elderly veteran, accepts a bouquet from a young girl.
III. 'AMERICAN TROOPS IN FRANCE. American troops hurried to the base to take their part in the expected offensive.' LA.MS as train passes diagonally right to left carrying light artillery - French 75's - on open wagons and troops in boxcars. MS as heavily burdened troops disembark from train and fall in with their kit. 'U.S.A. ARTILLERY. New American guns arriving on the French Front.' Men lead horses down ramps from railcars. A limber is manhandled up to a gun. LS over column forming up and on the march.
IV. 'DESERT WARFARE. Erecting a sandbag observation post in Mesopotamia.' Soldiers sit about the base of an elaborate sandbag observation tower. Sandbags are hauled up an improvised wooden chute to be added to the tower's ramparts.
Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Clemenceau, Georges Benjamin (person)
British Army, Egyptian Expeditionary Force, Dorsetshire Regiment, Bn 2/4 (regiment/service)
United States Army & [artillery] (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Artillery, Royal Field Artillery (regiment/service)
Keywords: operations, British military - movement: march (object name)
celebrations, French - event-related (object name)
delegations, French national - goodwill: Clemenceau visits Alsace (object name)
operations, United States military - movement: rail (object name)
transport, United States military - rail: troop train (object name)
weapons, French - gun: 75mm field gun & [United States] (object name)
defences, British - emplacement: sandbag observation tower (object name)
operations, British military - surveillance (object name)
Palestine & Bethlehem (geography)
Mesopotamia & Ramadi sector (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: 308 ft; Running time: 3 mins