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Title:GERMAN OFFICER PRISONERS : a prisoner of war camp in England [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 436
Other titles:OFICIALES ALEMANES CAUTIVOS : campos de prisioneros de guerra en Inglaterra (on copy held) [Alternative Title]
Summary: Spanish language version of a British propaganda film on the treatment of German officers as prisoners of war in Britain, probably 1917.
Description: The Germans are from various branches and include some Austrians. The first camp is a large school or similar institution, with additional wooden huts built on its grounds. One group of officers poses, very smartly turned out. Another similar camp has more huts. A third camp (again a school or the equivalent) has German officers wandering about freely and playing football. A group of five, including one naval officer and one Austrian, poses by a hut. The gardens of the camp and the chapel are shown. A large group of prisoners returns to camp after a walk out on parole. The prisoners have a thatched summer house in the garden and a skittles alley for recreation. One officer, filmed while haymaking, performs impromptu acrobatics for the camera. Others join him and hold an equally impromptu wrestling match before returning to haymaking.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 576 ft; Running time: 10 mins
Notes: Summary: one of the camps is probably Donington Hall. See also IWM 4 and IWM 441 for comparison
Shotsheet: the shotsheet, which is in English, gives slightly different titles and length of material than the film itself, and probably reflects the English language version of the film
Remarks: a good example of understated British propaganda when dealing with prisoners of war. It is almost too understated: with a few obvious alterations all these scenes, and the accompanying captions, might have come from the BRITISH REGIMENTS series or films of British soldiers interned in other countries