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Summary: I. Field Marshal Haig's farewell to the official war correspondents on the Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, 16th December 1918.
II. The arrival of President Poincaré in Lille, 21st October 1918.
Description: Two cars, led by Haig's escort troop of 17th Lancers, pull up on the bridge in the mist. Haig gets out of the first car along with General Sir Herbert Plumer, commanding the Army of Occupation. Haig's Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-General Sir Herbert Lawrence, gets out from the second car. Colonel Neville Lytton, commanding the GHQ Press Section, presents each of the twenty-five correspondents, British and foreign, and Haig gives each of them a small Union Jack like his car pennant. Haig then drives away with his lancer escort.
Crowds wait in the streets for the President. General Sir William Birdwood, commanding Fifth Army, waits with an escort for the car carrying Poincaré to arrive. The President arrives and inspects the guard. The inhabitants of Lille cheer his car as it drives through the streets and the main square.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Bassill, F A (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Haig, Douglas (person)
Plumer, Herbert Charles Onslow (person)
Lawrence, Herbert Alexander (person)
Bulwer-Lytton, Neville Stephen (person)
Gibbs, Philip Armand Hamilton (person)
Birdwood, William Riddell (person)
Poincaré, Raymond (person)
British Army, GHQ Press Section, Censorship and Press Branch (regiment/service)
British Army, Lancers, 17 (regiment/service)
British Army, Army 5 (regiment/service)
Keywords: ceremonies, British - event-related: farewell (Haig) (object name)
journalism and record, British - press (object name)
delegations, French national - state (object name)
delegations, French international - state (object name)
First World War, Armistice & 16/12/1918 (event)
Germany & Cologne, North Rhine Westphalia <Hohenzollern Bridge> (geography)
Lille, Nord, France (geography)