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Summary: Unedited film of British troops in the Advance to Victory, Western Front, September 1918.
Description: (Reel 1) Stretcher-bearers with wounded, some German, arrive at an advanced dressing station. (Some of the bearers are German prisoners with Red Cross armbands.) Described as Achiet-le-Grand but possibly 65th Field Ambulance, 21st Division, near Epéhy on 18th September. At the entrance to a bell tent a British doctor removes the bandage from a German with a head wound, wiping the blood away as he does so. A group of British troops sit wearing light overalls with their regimental caps. They are described as men who have been gassed and have changed out of their gas-laden clothes, but show no signs of distress. (Reel 2) A marching column behind the lines with ammunition limbers going the other way, probably 40th Division (note formation sign). A house on fire with trees nearby. A destroyed village with British GS wagons and troops moving through. At another location, possibly Bray-sur-Somme, houses are damaged on both sides of a wide main street. A small leave-boat with camouflage markings, its deck crowded with cheering British and Dominion troops, leaves the quay for England.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
McDowell, J B (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Army Medical Corps, Field Ambulance 65 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 40 (regiment/service)
Keywords: casualties, British wounded - battlefield (object name)
casualties, German wounded - battlefield (object name)
medical, British military - emergency: [+] (object name)
casualties, British wounded - battlefield: [gas] (object name)
operations, British military - movement: march (object name)
destruction, French: fire (object name)
destruction, French military - area: artillery bombardment (object name)
operations, British military - movement: road (object name)
ships, British auxiliary - transport: leave boat (object name)
recreation, British military - leave (object name)
Achiet-le-Grand, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography)
Épéhy, Somme, France (geography)
Bray-sur-Somme, Somme, France (geography)