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Summary: Compilation piece from other films on the British use of the tank in the First World War.
Description: The film consists of unedited, unrelated scenes of Mark I and Mark IV tanks, at the Tank Corps training school at Bovington, on the Western Front, and in Palestine. It opens with unarmed Mark IV tanks in a training exercise at Bovington, crushing barbed wire defences and dragging a tree trunk out of a wood. In Palestine, the Mark I Male HMLS "Otazel" followed by the Female HMLS "Nut" cross a training trench. At Tank Corps headquarters in France in July 1917 two Mark IV tanks have a race for the benefit of King George V. Mark I tanks move into position during the early stages of the Battle of the Ancre in 1916. The final scene is a return to the exercises at Bovington.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Tank Corps (regiment/service)
Keywords: training, British military - specialist: tanks (object name)
armour, British - tank: Tank Mark I Male (object name)
armour, British - tank: Tank Mark I Female (object name)
armour, British - tank: Tank Mark IV Male (object name)
armour, British - tank: Tank Mark IV Female (object name)
GB, England & Bovington, Dorset <Tank Training School> (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: 1
Footage: 666 ft; Running time: 11 mins
Notes: Summary: see also IWM 17 THE NEW CRUSADERS, IWM 116 BATTLE OF THE ANCRE, IWM 198 THE KING'S VISIT TO FRANCE and IWM 337 TANKS - THE WONDER WEAPON