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Title:WAR OFFICE OFFICIAL TOPICAL BUDGET 350-2 (fragment) [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 654b
Other titles:PICTORIAL NEWS (OFFICIAL) 350-2 (fragment) [Alternative Title]
Summary: I. Newsreel item on the city and cathedral at Amiens after the German failure to capture the city, 5th-7th April 1918.
II. Newsreel item on dogs at Battersea Dogs' Home, London, being exercised and looked after, May 1918.
III. Newsreel item on Lord Provost Stewart and Lord Newlands presenting medals to civilians in Glasgow, May 1918.
IV. Newsreel item on King George V and Sir Edward Kemp, Canadian High Commissioner, touring the Canadian training grounds at Bramshot and Witley, near Aldershot, May 1918.
Description: A pan over the city from across the river, followed by close-ups of the cathedral showing shell damage. According to the caption the cathedral was "spitefully shelled" by the Germans after their "defeat" and represents "a landmark of German failure".
The presentation takes place in the rain in front of a military parade. Both men, in Army uniform, decorate men and women in civilian clothes.
The High Commissioner is in civilian clothes, the King in Army uniform. They inspect the guard of the training division, and watch a boxing display, a display of trench digging and wiring, and a bayonet assault course. As the men advance over the assault course some of them fall 'dead' to add realism to the exercise. The men march past and the King takes the salute. The King and High Commissioner leave to the cheers of the men.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Stewart (person)
Glasgow, Lord Provost of (person)
Newlands (Lord) (person)
George V, King (person)
Kemp, Edward (person)
Battersea Dogs' Home (regiment/service)
British Army (regiment/service)
British Army, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Training Division (regiment/service)
Canadian Army, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Training Div (regiment/service)
Keywords: buildings, French - religious: cathedral & [damaged] (object name)
propaganda, British - inflammatory (object name)
animals, mammals: dog (object name)
ceremonies, British - event-related: investiture (object name)
delegations, Canadian national - goodwill (object name)
delegations, British international - state (object name)
training, Canadian military (object name)
training, Canadian military - combat (object name)
01/3(4-15).92 [1918 Somme 2] (event)
Amiens, Somme, France (geography)
GB, England & London, SW <Battersea & Battersea Dogs' Home> (geography)
GB, Scotland & Glasgow, Lanark (geography)
GB, England & Aldershot area, Hants <Bramshot & Witley> (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: 267 ft; Running time: 5 mins
Notes: Subtitles: these are all flashframes
Production: see IWM 651a for production details
Summary: see IWM 183 for the Amiens item. Note that a French language version of item I is IWM 673a and a Spanish language version of the complete issue is IWM 700c
Technical: this fragment is currently held on the same reel as IWM 654a, the can is marked as IWM 654