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Title:THE WORLD'S GREATEST STORY - EPISODE 14 [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 420-27+28
Summary: A continued thematic treatment of the British involvement in the last months of the war on the Western Front, 1918.
Description: (Reel 27) The episode opens with 'Justice'. Scenes of FE2d night bombers (in daylight) interspersed with scenes of a posed group of pilots from 60 Squadron with their recently departed commanding officer Captain William Bishop. Dead horses by the roadside. Five aircraft flying in formation. British troops crossing the battlefield. The capture of various damaged villages, one still under shellfire. British and Canadian soldiers putting out the fires in Cambrai. A tank demonstrates its ability to overcome tank traps, including a land mine. (Reel 28) The unfinished German ferroconcrete defences on the Hindenburg Line, "the nature of the German defences was evidence of their long preparation for their audacious attack upon unsuspecting Europe". The south side of the tunnel on the Saint Quentin Canal and the bridge at Bellenglise where 46th Division crossed. Civilians celebrating the liberation of Ostend. More civilians celebrating the liberation of Lille. British troops clown for the camera, some wearing top hats and pickelhaubes, while two are pushed in a car without an engine. Field Marshal Haig greets the Prince of Wales and Prince Fushimo of Japan at his headquarters train on 11th November, about four hours after the signing of the Armistice. A posed group of Haig with his Army commanders (Generals Horne, Plumer, Byng, Rawlinson and Birdwood) after their final conference at Cambrai on the same day.
Production Details: New Era Film (Production company)
Ashley Exclusive Films (Distributor)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: propaganda, British - inspirational (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: 2
Footage: 2204 ft; Running time: 37 mins
Notes: Production etc: see Notes to Episode 1, IWM 420/01+02
Summary: most of the material for this episode comes from the series AUGUST OFFENSIVE and SEPTEMBER OFFENSIVE. See in particular IWM 132, IWM 141, IWM 336, IWM 338, IWM 339, IWM 351, IWM 352 and IWM 378
Technical: this episode is held on reels IWM 420-27 and IWM 420-28