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Title:THE YORK AND LANCASTER REGIMENT [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 396
Other titles:THE BRITISH REGIMENTS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: 2nd Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, in the rear areas of the Western Front, autumn 1917.
Description: Close-up of a sergeant holding a football marked 2Y&L. Pan over the men of the battalion, lying, sitting or standing informally, with two Lewis machine guns in the front row. Two lance-corporals sitting beside their tent. A company of men posed relaxing beside a wall. Two soldiers with a large canteen draw water from a well by the roadside. A group of battalion officers including the current commander. The battalion, led by its band, on a route march. A "blindfold boxing march" in front of the soldiers. A pay parade in the open. A sergeant inspects rifles on parade, holding one up to the light to inspect the barrel. A portrait shot of Private Caffrey, VC.
Production Details: War Office Cinema Committee (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Caffrey, John (person)
British Army, York and Lancaster Regiment, 2nd Battalion (regiment/service)
Keywords: weapons, British - smallarm: Lewis machine gun (object name)
operations, British military - routine (object name)
recreation, British military - sport: boxing (object name)
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: 409 ft; Running time: 7 mins
Notes: Summary: see also IWM 388 and the rest of the series
Remarks: this film is above average for a generally poor series. It does at least convey some sense of a battalion identity. The opening shot makes nonsense of the censor's attempt to obscure the battalion's identity