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Other titles:OFFICIAL PICTURES OF THE BRITISH ARMY IN FRANCE - SIXTH SERIES [Series Title]
Summary: British soldiers returning from the Western Front across the English Channel on leave, early 1916.
Description: Men of various regiments board a troopship in a French port. The ship moves off and clears the harbour mouth accompanied by a P Class patrol boat. In the Channel lifebelts are issued "in case of a stray mine". The ship's captain keeps watch on the bridge while his crew act up for the camera and play leapfrog. A transport ship passes going the other way. A G Class destroyer passes. An SSZ airship on patrol comes quite low over the ship. Soldiers watch over the rail for England. After the ship's arrival the soldiers disembark. They arrive at Victoria Station in London, and drive away by bus, taxi and charabanc.
Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor)
British Topical Committee for War Films (Production company)
Malins, Geoffrey H (Production individual)
Tong, Edward G (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army (regiment/service)
Royal Navy (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British auxiliary - transport: leave boat (object name)
ships, British naval - escort: P Class (object name)
ships, British naval - destroyer: G Class (object name)
aircraft, British naval - airship: SSZ Type (object name)
recreation, British military - leave (object name)
recreation, British military - casual (object name)
buildings, British - commercial: railway station (object name)
GB, England & London, SW <Victoria Station> (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: 403 ft; Running time: 7 mins
Notes: Production: the last of the final series of short features released by the War Office in 1916. By the time of its release, work was already advanced on the next War Office film venture, THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME (IWM 191).
Cameraman: this was either Malins or Tong.