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Summary: A compilation film of British official material of the Western Front and the War at Sea, assembled by the Imperial War Museum in 1923.
Description: I. (Reel 1) The Western Front 1916, re-edited sections of IWM 116 BATTLE OF THE ANCRE, using the same scenes and captions as the original, but not in the same order. This covers events in the middle period of the Battle of the Somme, September-November 1916. The film stresses that "these pictures are absolutely genuine and photographed on the actual battlefield". II. (Reel 2) A similar re-editing treatment of IWM 571 TRIUMPH OF BRITAIN'S SEA POWER showing the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet in 1919. The re-editing shows a number of errors. From a scene of the battle cruisers SMS Hindenburg and SMS Derflinger the first ship has been edited out and the Derflinger incorrectly described as the Hindenburg. The ship described as HMS Queen Elizabeth is probably HMS King George V. The reel shows the procession of the High Seas Fleet to Scapa Flow, and of the U-boat fleet to Harwich. The middle of the film contains scenes of the submarineU-35 sinking the merchant vessel SS Parkgate in the Western Mediterranean in 1917.
Production Details: Imperial War Museum (Production sponsor)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: journalism and record, British - cameraman (object name)
society, British - history (object name)
01/3(4-15).57 [1916 Ancre] (event)
First World War, Armistice & 1919 (event)
Somme, France (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: 2306 ft; Running time: 39 mins
Notes: Summary: see also IWM 116 and IWM 571. This and IWM 487 are the only known examples from the inter-war years of any attempt by the IWM to exploit its film collection by making its own films
Remarks: it is disturbing that just five years after the war's end the IWM clearly had only a limited idea of what its film material contained