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Title:RED CROSS AMBULANCE TRAIN USED BY GERMANS FOR AMMUNITION [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 321
Summary: Unedited British propaganda film of a German goods train captured at an ammunition dump at Willems, near Tournai, Western Front, 26th October 1918.
Description: The train consists of two open-sided trucks, guarded by British soldiers of the Machine Gun Corps. Four of these soldiers go up to one of the trucks, clearly marked with a Red Cross on its roof, and take German mortar bombs from one of the cases inside. One of the soldiers holds three of the bombs up to the camera. The roof of the train, also marked with Red Crosses, has about twenty of the soldiers gathered around it. At the cameraman's request the men in front duck down so that the roof may be more clearly seen.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 95 ft; Running time: 2 mins
Notes: Title: this is taken from the shotsheet
Remarks: fairly mild propaganda, even by British standards. The weapons and setting appear genuine. However, it was not unusual for either side, if short of transport, to use the same trains to run wounded back from the front lines and ammunition up to them