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Summary: I. Newsreel item on the Allenbury Patent gas-hood, Britain, May 1915.
II. Newsreel item on the New South Wales Lancers, probably in Australia, 1914 (?).
Description: Troops train with the gas-hood, which fits rucked up around the cap like a cap-band. The men crouch behind a barricade of logs. Smoke, representing gas, drifts over them and they pull down the hoods. These are simple face-bags without breathing regulators and with single mica windows. The troops allow the 'gas' to float over them and then, completely unaffected, charge forward. A soldier in close-up demonstrates the hood, which covers the face only, not the ears.
The lancers fold their bell tents after camping in the open. They pass on horseback on parade, carrying their lances with pennons fixed as in peacetime (poor film quality).
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army (regiment/service)
Australian Army, Australian Militia, New South Wales Lancers (regiment/service)
British Army, Australian Militia, New South Wales Lancers (regiment/service)
Keywords: training, British military - specialist: anti-gas (object name)
equipment, British - personal: gasmask (Allenbury gas-hood) (object name)
GB, England (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: None
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 94 ft; Running time: 2 mins
Notes: Production: see IWM 1061-01 for production details. Additional material from this issue is held as IWM 1061-04c, 06a and 07d and f
Technical: this fragment is currently held on the same reel as IWM 1061-06a-m, the can is marked as IWM 1061-06
Remarks: the Allenbury was one of the gas-hoods rushed into production after the use of chlorine by the Germans at Second Ypres. It would be, even presuming that it was impregnated with chemicals, of extremely limited effectiveness against chlorine, and none at all against later gasses