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Title:THE WORLD'S GREATEST STORY - EPISODE 8 [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 420-15+16
Summary: A disjointed thematic treatment of British behind-the-lines services on the Western Front and of munitions manufacture during the First World War, 1916-1918.
Description: (Reel 15) The episode starts with 'Justice'. Lloyd George, as Minister of Munitions, gives a public speech from an Army staff car. A montage of women and men operating various metal presses, drop hammers, forge hammers and lathes, including manufacture of nose-caps for 18-pounders, hoists for 9.2-inch howitzers, and the manufacture of a 15-inch gun. A 12-inch railway gun being prepared for firing. A 6-inch Mk VII stuck in the mud with its tractor disabled. The Chinese Labour Corps at a light railway depot. The 12-inch railway gun still being prepared. A 15-inch shell marked "To Willie With Compliments" and a 15-inch howitzer being fired. A Chinese band and stilt walkers, "the men of the yellow race had their own diversions too". (Reel 16) Stretcher-bearers of the RAMC giving first aid. Nurses at a Casualty Clearing Station with heavily bandaged patients in bed. Women ambulance drivers of the VAD doing maintenance and driving work. The 'two women of Pervyse', Baroness T'Serclaes and Mairi Chisholm. More ambulances taking wounded onto special trains and a hospital ship. The Princess Louise Rest Home for nurses. Troopships returning home. The episode ends with a trailer for next week's episode.
Production Details: New Era Film (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Lloyd George, David (person)
British Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: propaganda, British - inspirational (object name)
GB, England (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: 2
Footage: 1755 ft; Running time: 30 mins
Notes: Production etc: see Notes to Episode 1, IWM 420/01+02
Summary: for the material in this episode see IWM 130, IWM 162, IWM 168, IWM 184, IWM 191, IWM 220, IWM 231, IWM 245, IWM 258, IWM 263, IWM 264, IWM 267, IWM 287 and IWM 310
Technical: this episode is held on reels IWM 420-15 and IWM 420-16