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Title:THE 44TH REMOUNT SQUADRON ON THE EGYPTIAN COAST [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 2
Summary: Training and loading methods of a British Army remount squadron in Egypt, probably 1917.
Description: The squadron exists to train fresh horses and mules for British Army war service. The horses are taught to keep at a steady walk in formation when other horses are galloping past at an angle. Various manoeuvres of a squadron in column of troops (according to the 1912 Cavalry Training Manual). Horses and large mules being taught to get up and down a steep embankment with a rider, and horses being exercised in the shallows of the sea. There is a brief shot of horses drinking from a trough, then a sequence of a large herd of mules "being taught to play follow the leader" at a gallop behind a single horseman. There follows "breaking obstinate animals" in a menage, both to the saddle and to pull a wagon, teaching mules to jump low walls and fences while being ridden, a general inspection, and the squadron loading horses onto a transport train, ending with a message held up to the camera on a board, "44th Remount Squadron, loading 100 horses, time 2 minutes 32 seconds".
Production Details: War Office Cinema Committee (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Jury, William F (Production individual)
Jeapes, Harold (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Egyptian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
British Army, Remount Squadron 44 (regiment/service)
Keywords: animals, mammals: horse (object name)
animals, mammals: mule (object name)
training, British military - specialist: equestrian (object name)
training, British military - specialist: mules (object name)
transport, British military - rail: horse transporter (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: 1189 ft; Running time: 20 mins
Notes: Summary: nothing can be found out about this film, and it is possibly not British official film at all, therefore credits should be considered provisional. See IWM 634 for a different use of the same scenes.
Remarks: the film is badly edited in parts but the sequence showing the squadron drilling is both interesting and impressive.