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Title:GENERAL RAWLINSON'S HEADQUARTERS AND AUSTRALIAN TROOPS, 1918 [Allocated Title]
Film Number:IWM 354
Summary: I. General Sir Henry Rawlinson at his headquarters at Montigny Farm, Western Front, 17th October 1918.
II. French or Belgian refugees, old men, women and children, waiting outside a mayor's residence. Western Front, late 1918.
III. Gunners of Australian 2nd Division drawing rations outside a farmhouse. One group of men eats its food beside a small tent made by draping gas capes over a pole, Western Front, late 1918.
IV. Gunners of Australian 5th Division loading shells into their 18-pounder limbers, Western Front, October 1918.
V. Australian soldiers marching to board a troop train, probably for demobilisation, Western Front, late 1918.
Description: First a posed group of Rawlinson, Fourth Army commander, with his staff. Then, indoors, for the benefit of the camera Rawlinson traces a military manoeuvre on a wall map with a pair of dividers.
The limbers are in a transport park, which has a few houses in the distance. A supply train of wagons begins to move out of the park while unsaddled horses graze nearby.
The men are in bush hats with greatcoats and gas-capes. The weather is wet and foggy. They board the train and pose for the cameras in the doorways of their trucks. One doorway has the words "Direct To Aussie" chalked on it. The train moves off.
Production Details: Australian War Records Section (Production sponsor)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Rawlinson, Henry Seymour (person)
British Army, Army 4 (regiment/service)
Australian Army, Australian Imperial Force, 2nd Division (regiment/service)
British Army, Australian Imperial Force, Div 2 (regiment/service)
Australian Army, Australian Imperial Force, 5th Division (regiment/service)
British Army, Australian Imperial Force, Div 5 (regiment/service)
Australian Army, Australian Imperial Force (regiment/service)
British Army, Australian Imperial Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: strategy, British (object name)
buildings, British - military: headquarters (Fourth Army) (object name)
refugees, French - movement (object name)
refugees, Belgian - movement (object name)
society, Australian military - sustenance (object name)
supplies, Australian, movement [RA] - munitions (object name)
transport, Australian military - rail (object name)
operations, Australian military - movement: rail (object name)
demobilisation, Australian (object name)
Montigny Farm, Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 521 ft; Running time: 9 mins
Notes: Production: the store ledger gives the cameraman as McDowell and suggests British official material. However, the supporting photograph is Australian, as are most of the subjects, and it seems likely that at least part of this film is Australian official material acquired by the WOCC in the exchange of 1918
Remarks: the sequence of Rawlinson is candid and slightly comic at times