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Summary: Stockshot material of Royal Engineers in the First World War.
Description: Not all of the material is of Royal Engineers. The opening shows Kitchener inspecting new recruits in London, and later on the Western Front. Royal Engineers dig, plant and explode a large mine under the German positions on the Western Front. Various examples of sappers repairing trenches and laying light railways. Sappers in Palestine laying telegraph wires and railway lines, including a view from a moving train of the finished railway. Pontoon bridges in Mesopotamia. Early Mark I tanks in training. The Victory Parade through the streets of London in 1919, including the Royal Engineers contingent. Finally, inland water transport barges on the Western Front and in Egypt.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 790 ft; Running time: 14 mins
Notes: Production: the IWM appears, when it first made its film available for commercial and television release in the early 1950s, to have requested copies of the films so made. This policy rapidly proved impractical, and was abandoned. This compilation was made for a Royal Engineers reunion in 1951
Summary: the material in this compilation comes from IWM 17, IWM 26, IWM 30, IWM 61, IWM 113, IWM 116, IWM 138, IWM 176, IWM 191, IWM 213, IWM 219 and IWM 439. See the detailed shotsheet for the precise location of each shot
Remarks: of some interest in showing what the image of the First World War was, or was meant to be by 1951, for those who fought in it. Otherwise, this should only be used by those interested in stockshots without regard for historical accuracy
Series continuity: there is no film held under the numbers IWM 991 - IWM 1003 inclusive