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Other titles:THE BRITISH REGIMENTS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Probably a regular battalion of the West Riding Regiment on the Western Front, autumn 1917.
Description: The guard changes over outside the battalion headquarters. The battalion sports including "a cuddy fight" (wrestling while being carried on another man's back) and "a reveille race" of dressing in full kit before running. The medical officer gives one company a foot inspection. Pack transport mules take supplies to the headquarters (a large house). The battalion marches, led by its band, down a road.
Production Details: War Office Cinema Committee (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding) (regiment/service)
Keywords: operations, British military - routine (object name)
ceremonies, British - customary: changing of the guard (object name)
recreation, British military - casual (object name)
recreation, British military - sport: athletics (object name)
society, British military - hygiene (object name)
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: 407 ft; Running time: 7 mins
Notes: Summary: see also IWM 388 and the rest of the series
Remarks: a particularly obvious example of the shortcomings of this series, which was intended to bring involvement in the war at a more personal level for members of the civilian population in Britain. It conveys nothing of the personalities of the men or the individuality of the battalion, consisting of stockshots, clichés and unhelpful captions