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Summary: A German Army exercise in bridging a river, possibly the Rhine, before the First World War.
Description: Scenes of a riverside town, including its castle. The river itself has steep banks, and is wide and fast-flowing. The German Engineers, in fatigue dress, row the pontoon boats with their wooden cross-beams out into the river, and link them together with ropes to form one continuous bridge. The bridging timbers are laid across the pontoons and the bridge (with a supporting side-rail) completed. Horse transport moves across the bridge. The Engineers then start to dismantle the bridge and row the pontoons back to the shore.
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: None
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 392 ft; Running time: 7 mins
Notes: Title: this appears at the bottom of each subtitle
Production: despite this being apparently a German film the titling is in English. The production company logo, appearing on each caption, is the interlinked letters UKF
Technical: this film is currently held on the same reel as film IWM 1091a, the can is marked as IWM 1091
Remarks: considerably more exciting than it sounds. The river is really fast-flowing towards its centre and the flat-bottomed pontoons handle like surfboats
Series continuity: the numbers IWM 1092 - IWM 1094 inclusive have been allocated to modern compilation film that is not always included in catalogues of the archival IWM series