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Other titles:PICTORIAL NEWS (OFFICIAL) 366-1 (French version, fragment) [Alternative Title]
Summary: I. French language version of a newsreel item on the presentation of a gift aeroplane to the nation, Hyde Park, London, August 1918.
II. French language version of a newsreel item on General Sir Arthur Currie showing Canadian journalists over the old Vimy Ridge battlefield, July 1918.
III. French language version of a newsreel item on British soldiers in a recently captured French village, probably Somme area, Western Front, August 1918.
Description: Princess Patricia is presented with a bouquet by a small girl. With the princess is the Duke of Connaught, a clergyman, and various officials. She 'christens' the aircraft, a Sopwith Camel which has the name "The Osterley M.T.T.D. No. 1" written below the cockpit. The pilot gets in and the plane takes off.
Currie, the Canadian Corps commander, leads the journalists, all wearing shrapnel helmets and carrying gasmasks, up to the ridge, where they sit while he tells them about the battle.
The village shows some shell damage. The troops wander through in twos and threes looking for items of interest. Two men look at a dead cat. A dead horse is in the road.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Ramsay, Patricia (person)
Connaught [George] (HRH Duke of) (person)
Currie, Arthur William (person)
British Army, Canadian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
Canadian Army, Canadian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
British Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: ceremonies, British - display (object name)
aircraft, British - combat: Sopwith Camel (object name)
delegations, Canadian Imperial - goodwill (object name)
journalism and record, Canadian - press (object name)
destruction, French military - area: artillery bombardment (object name)
animals, mammals: cat & [casualties] (object name)
animals, mammals: horse & [casualties] (object name)
GB, England & London, W <Hyde Park> (geography)
Vimy Ridge, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography)
Somme, France (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: None
Subtitle language: French
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 123 ft; Running time: 2 mins
Notes: Production: see IWM 651a for production details
Summary: see IWM 310 for the Currie item
Technical: this fragment is currently held on the same reel as IWM 680b, the can is marked as IWM 680