WAR OFFICE OFFICIAL TOPICAL BUDGET 364-2 (French version, fragment) [Main Title]
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- Title: WAR OFFICE OFFICIAL TOPICAL BUDGET 364-2 (French version, fragment) [Main Title]
- Film Number: IWM 680b
- Other titles: PICTORIAL NEWS (OFFICIAL) 364-2 (French version, fragment) [Alternative Title]
- Summary: I. French language version of a newsreel item on the wedding of a WAAC member in London, August 1918. II. French language version of a newsreel item mainly on the Battle of Tardenois, July 1918.
- Description: The item opens with a misplaced caption (from a missing item in the issue about Lord Northcliffe), then shows very briefly WAACs outside the church cheering, and press photographers at work. The captions describe the item as "scenes of the great Allied advance in France", as if the material were of the Advance to Victory. A distant view of smoke rising from part of the Bois de Reims, probably the Château Commetreuil near Cumas on fire on 25th July, "unable to resist Allied pressure the enemy burn their billets". 6-inch 26cwt howitzers being loaded and fired. Men "of the London Regiment" in loose marching formation moving over flat terrain. Cavalry in column of twos trotting up a road. A field battery of Italian 8th Division firing its 75mm field guns in the Bois de Reims. German dead lying in the wood on 25th July, "Allied losses were comparatively small". British, French and Italian wounded talk together beside a dressing station on the outskirts of the wood. A large group of German prisoners is marched off to the rear areas, where they have their papers and belongings checked. Men of 1/5th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment resting in the wood. Men of 6th Battalion, the Black Watch, collecting their packs on 24th July.
- Access Conditions: IWM Attribution: © IWM
- Featured Period: 1914-1918
- Production Date: 1918-08-15
- Production Country: GB
- Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor) Topical Film Company (Production company)
- Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (regiment/service) British Army, London Regiment (regiment/service) British Army, cavalry (regiment/service) Royal Italian Army & Div 8 (regiment/service) French Army (regiment/service) British Army, Div 62 (regiment/service) British Army, Devonshire Regiment, Bn 1/5 (regiment/service) British Army, Div 51 (regiment/service) British Army, Black Watch, 6th Battalion (regiment/service)
- Keywords: journalism and record, British - photographer (object name) society, British - romance: [-] (object name) society, British military - friendship (object name) society, French military - friendship (object name) society, Italian military - friendship (object name) weapons, British - gun: 6-inch 26cwt howitzer (object name) combat, British - artillery bombardment (object name) propaganda, British - inspirational (object name) prisoners of war, German - movement (object name) intelligence, military, British - interrogation (object name) prisoners of war, German - reception (object name) casualties, German dead - battlefield (object name) casualties, British wounded - battlefield (object name) casualties, French wounded - battlefield (object name) casualties, Italian wounded - battlefield (object name) 31/3(41) (event) 01/3(4-15).91 [1918 Tardenois] (event) GB, England (geography) Bois de Reims, Marne, France (geography) half-light (concept)
- 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: 284 ft; Running time: 5 mins
- Notes: Production: see IWM 651a for production details Summary: see also IWM 278 Technical: this fragment is currently held on the same reel as IWM 680a, the can is marked as IWM 680 Remarks: although most of this material is of the Battle of Tardenois, the release date of the episode suggests that it might be intended to be taken for the Battle of Amiens. The problem of the delay of two or three weeks between film of the Western Front being shot and its being made available even to the official newsreel company underlines the difficulties faced by film makers of this period, not to mention casting some doubt over the newsreel's claim to be 'topical'
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