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Title:OUR EMPIRE'S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM - PART 7 [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 440-7
Summary: Continuation of the British participation in the First Battle of the Somme, later stages (chiefly a re-edit of IWM 116 BATTLE OF THE ANCRE), Western Front, autumn 1916.
Description: The captions are violent: "From July 1st our offensive never slackened; town after town fell to the assaults of our indomitable troops." A map of the Flers-Courcelette area. Male and Female Mark I tanks move into position. An FE2b aircraft, 'Mauritius III', takes off and flies over its camp. A motor machine gun battery leaves its camp. Tanks and soldiers move up from the rear areas. The bombardment starts. Canadian troops (from IWM 130 SONS OF OUR EMPIRE) make the attack. The troops and tanks advance. A Male tank in action "trenches it laughs at, dug-outs it enjoys, shell holes and mine craters it positively revels in". German prisoners are brought back. Water is delivered to the gunners by mule. A map shows "Allies' great progress on the Somme front from July 1st to September 16th 1916, on a front of 25 miles, maximum depth captured 7 miles and over 30,000 prisoners". George V visits France in July, and is shown in group shot with President Poincaré, General Haig, Marshal Joffre and Marshal Foch. The King leaves from Calais, watched by the Prince of Wales.
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: propaganda, British - inspirational (object name)
propaganda, British - inflammatory (object name)
01/3(4-15).57 [1916 Ancre] (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: 1
Footage: 1258 ft; Running time: 20 mins
Notes: Summary: see Notes to IWM 440-01. This episode is mainly a re-edited version of IWM 116, IWM 130, IWM 191 and IWM 192 and contains no original material
Remarks: the whole portrayal of the offensive is highly thematic and impressionistic, with no attempt at logical or chronological sequence