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Title:TANKS MARK IV, SCHNEIDER, AND MARK IV UNDITCHING [Allocated Title]
Film Number:IWM 1196
Summary: I. Trials of a Mark IV Female tank in Britain, probably 1917.
II. US troops in the Second Battle of the Marne, Western Front, July 1918.
III. Trials of a tank unditching beam, probably at Bovington Camp, Britain, 1917.
Description: The unarmed Female tank manages to climb a small slope without difficulty, followed by a drop into a pit and a climb up out again. It ends head-on to the camera.
The US soldiers emerge from their trenches and move forward for the attack, with support from their French-made Schneider tanks. Later, some German prisoners and one of the tanks come back towards the rear.
Unarmed Mark IV tanks push over trees in a wood. Unarmed Mark IV Females make a 'tank charge' (and other exercises from IWM 337 TANKS - THE WONDER WEAPON). In particular a Mark IV is shown using its unditching beam to get out of a hole.
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Tank Corps (regiment/service)
United States Army & American Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
United States Army & Tank Corps (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Tank Corps (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - tank: Tank Mark IV & [R and D] (object name)
armour, French - tank: Schneider CA1 & [United States] (object name)
operations, United States military - sortie (object name)
prisoners of war, German - movement (object name)
armour, British - tank: Tank Mark IV & [R and D] (object name)
GB, England (?) (geography)
Montdidier, Somme, France (geography)
GB, England & Bovington, Dorset <Bovington Camp> (geography)
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: 785 ft; Running time: 13 mins