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Title:THE WORLD'S GREATEST STORY - EPISODE 4 [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 420-07+8
Summary: A thematic treatment of British rear area services on the Western Front 1916-1918.
Description: (Reel 7) The episode starts with 'Justice'. Men of V Corps unload meat from wagons. A butcher of 16th (Irish) Division cuts up the meat. Various types of supplies are moved from rail trucks and loaded onto wagons. A rail station, probably Arras. Rail transport for soldiers. Leave boats taking soldiers "to that 'jewel set in a silver sea' and known belovedly as 'Blighty'". (Reel 8) Messenger dogs train at XXII Corps headquarters kennels. An RE7 of the RFC takes off on a reconnaissance flight. An observation balloon (this scene is tinted red) is shot down by enemy aircraft, not clearly seen. In response to this two lorry-mounted 13-pounder anti-aircraft guns give chase to a German aircraft and shoot it down. The reconnaissance machine lands. "Then in the silence of the eventide our machine returns home to a well earned repose."
Production Details: New Era Film (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: propaganda, British - inspirational (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W (part Tinted)
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: English
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 2
Footage: 1518 ft; Running time: 25 mins
Notes: Production etc: see Notes to Episode 1, IWM 420/01+02
Summary: most of the actuality footage comes from IWM 113, IWM 118, IWM 126, IWM 130/05+06, IWM 164, IWM 212, IWM 235 and IWM 298
Technical: this episode is held on reels IWM 420-07 and IWM 420-08
Remarks: this episode, containing more good material than usual, is slightly better quality than most of the series