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Title:PATHE GAZETTE (1925?) - THE SAME OLD ... MUD [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 1064-02b
Summary: Newsreel item on Army manoeuvres on Salisbury Plain, probably 1925.
Description: The captions stress that, although "not quite the Flanders variety" there is still a lot of mud in the battle for "our now almost wholly mechanised Army". In the rain small patrols of Cavalry and Infantry make their way across the plain. Carden-Loyd Mark II carriers and Burford-Kegresse half-tracks follow the patrols. Rolls-Royce armoured cars lead columns of trucks down dirt roads (there is not, in fact, much mud, but all look miserable).
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army (regiment/service)
British Army, cavalry (regiment/service)
Keywords: training, British military - combat (object name)
armour, British - carrier: Carden-Loyd (object name)
armour, British - halftrack: Burford-Kegresse (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Rolls-Royce (object name)
Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England, UK (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: English
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 208 ft; Running time: 4 mins
Notes: Technical: this item is currently held on the same reel as films IWM 1064-02a-d, the can is marked as IWM 1064-02
Remarks: the first manoeuvres since 1918 were held in 1925, and appear to fit this film; but even if the date is as late as 1930, the description of the Army as "almost wholly mechanised" is misleading, to say the least