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Summary: Compilation film in five episodes of the Indian forces on the Western Front, Mesopotamian Front and Palestine Front, 1915-1918.
Description: I. The first reel shows men of the Indian Corps (including British soldiers) in France in January 1916. It is taken unaltered, in a slightly re-edited form, from IWM 202 INDIAN TROOPS AT THE FRONT. II. The middle three reels show scenes of Mesopotamia 1917-1918. Although Indian soldiers appear in the film it does not in any way single them out or emphasise them above British soldiers or the events of the campaign. The material is taken directly from the series ADVANCE OF THE CRUSADERS INTO MESOPOTAMIA. III. The last reel shows scenes of Palestine in 1918. Although Indian troops are shown, mainly from 7th (Meerut) Division, they are in no way given special prominence. The material is taken directly from IWM 30 ALLENBY MEETS WEIZMANN - TEL-EL-JELIL AND ARSULF.
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: 5
Footage: 5349 ft; Running time: 89 mins
Notes: Summary: for the other attempt by the IWM to exploit its own film collection see IWM 442
Shotsheet: an unusually detailed shotsheet or programme for this film (titled "With the Indian Troops in France, Mesopotamia and Palestine") is in the possession of the Film and Video Archive
Remarks: over-long, dull, uncoordinated and entirely failing to fulfil the promise of its title