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Summary: The arrival of the New Zealand Division in Cologne, December 1918.
Description: The division, in marching column, enters the suburbs of the city. One of the leading battalions, led by its band, marches down a main street, being passed by trams. The Hohenzollern Bridge and Cologne Cathedral can be seen in the background. Several civilians, mainly young children, express curiosity at the camera. Members of the division queue up outside a building which has been converted into the divisional YMCA. They file past an open window collecting food. Back at the march down the main street, the divisional Transport and Artillery pass. At a railway marshalling yard the members of the division check their transport wagons for loading onto freight cars. Returning to the main street the Transport is still marching through. Men of the division, including its cyclists, gather round waiting to move off. A troop train departs slowly, giving a New Zealand officer time to enter a carriage as it moves. At the rear of the train the troops in wagons cheer the camera - one man is playing bagpipes. The train passes through freight yards, where the troops get out again.
Production Details: Sanders, Henry A (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, New Zealand Div (regiment/service)
New Zealand Military Forces, New Zealand Div (regiment/service)
YMCA, New Zealand (regiment/service)
Keywords: buildings, German - religious: cathedral (object name)
buildings, New Zealand - institutional: YMCA (object name)
society, New Zealand military - sustenance (object name)
operations, New Zealand military - movement: rail (object name)
equipment, New Zealand military - personal: bagpipes (object name)
First World War, Armistice (event)
Germany & Cologne, North Rhine Westphalia (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 819 ft; Running time: 14 mins
Notes: Title: the main title is scratched on the negative; the alternative title has been taken from the shotsheet
Remarks: gives a very good idea of the size and road space taken up by a division on the march. The scenes with the train have the appearance of a 'departure' deliberately staged for the camera
Series continuity: there is no film held as IWM 386