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Title:SCENES ON THE RHEIMS-EPERNAY FRONT [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 278
Summary: British involvement in the Battle of Tardenois, mainly in the Bois de Reims, Western Front, July 1918.
Description: 6th Battalion, the Black Watch of 51st (Highland) Division collecting the men's packs between the Bois de Reims and St-Imoges, having just come out of line on 24 July. 1/5th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment of 62nd (West Riding) Division, resting in the same wood on 24 July, with the sunlight on the leaves giving a dappled effect over the sleeping bodies. A nearby village after a German air raid, with American (?) troops clearing the debris while women and children watch. The view across the valley from the Bois de Reims on the same day, with British and Italian troops in the foreground. A field battery of Italian 8th Division in action while British and French troops watch. A posed group of British, French and Italian soldiers together. A British marching column, probably 8th Battalion, the West Yorkshire Regiment of 62nd Division. German prisoners help British and French soldiers bring wounded out from the wood on 23 July (the British are 2/20th Battalion, the London Regiment, of 62nd Division). German dead lying in the wood on 25 July. British, French and Italian lightly wounded posed in a group by a dressing station on the outskirts of the wood. British officers of 2/5th Battalion, the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry of 62nd Division consult with French officers over a map in the wood, and eat an outdoor meal with them - champagne is served. A distant puff of smoke rising from part of the wood, given as the Château Commetreuil near Cumas on fire on 25 July.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
McDowell, J B (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Div 51 (regiment/service)
British Army, Black Watch, 6th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 62 (regiment/service)
British Army, Devonshire Regiment, Bn 1/5 (regiment/service)
British Army, London Regiment, Bn 2/20 (regiment/service)
British Army, Yorkshire Light Infantry, King's Own, Bn 2/5 (regiment/service)
British Army, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own), 8th Territorial Battalion (Leeds Rifles) (regiment/service)
Royal Italian Army & Div 8 (regiment/service)
French Army (regiment/service)
United States Army & American Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: society, British military - friendship (object name)
society, French military - friendship (object name)
society, British military - sustenance (object name)
prisoners of war, German - movement (object name)
casualties, British wounded - battlefield (object name)
casualties, French wounded - battlefield (object name)
casualties, Italian wounded - battlefield (object name)
operations, British military - routine (object name)
01/3(4-15).91 [1918 Marne] (event)
01/3(4-15).91 [1918 Tardenois] (event)
Bois de Reims, Marne, France (geography)
propaganda, British (concept)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 685 ft; Running time: 11 mins
Notes: Title: this is taken from the shotsheet.
Remarks: a heavy emphasis on co-operation between the Allies marks this film. It is evocative and attractive compared to the bulk of material taken in the war, particularly in the case of the woodland scenes, which look almost too good to be true.