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Title:WAR OFFICE OFFICIAL TOPICAL BUDGET 335-1 (fragment) [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 672a
Summary: I. Newsreel item on a church parade by the National Federation of Ex-Soldiers and Sailors in Britain, January 1918.
II. Newsreel item on F Company, 11th US Railway Engineers, who fought at Cambrai, Western Front, December 1917.
III. Newsreel item on Jules Copin, a Frenchman freed with his family by the British during the First Battle of Cambrai, Western Front, November 1917.
Description: The men march in the rain through the streets, led by military bands and with a police escort. The men enter a building with a Union Jack draped over the entrance.
The men are shown working on a railway track, after which they form up and march off. They pose in a group for the camera.
A nursing home behind the lines where Copin, his wife and child, and two blind aunts are led out by nurses. Copin was a French soldier captured by Germans in September 1914 who escaped and was hidden by his wife in his own home at Masnières near Cambrai until the village was captured by the British in November 1917. He poses for the camera with his wife and child.
Production Details: Department of Information (Production sponsor)
War Office Cinema Committee (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Copin, Jules (person)
National Federation of Ex-Soldiers and Sailors (regiment/service)
United States Army & American Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
United States Army & Railway Engineers 11, F Coy (regiment/service)
Keywords: ceremonies, British - display (object name)
engineering, military, United States (object name)
refugees, French - settlement (object name)
GB, England (geography)
propaganda, British (concept)
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: 155 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Subtitles: these are all flashframes
Production: see IWM 651a for production details
Summary: see also IWM 148 for the Copin story and IWM 150 for the US Engineers story
Technical: this fragment is currently held on the same reel as IWM 672b, the can is marked as IWM 672