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Summary: British Cavalry training exercises at the Cavalry Equitation School, Cayeux, Western Front, 30 July 1918.
Description: A Cavalry troop makes a charge across the face of the camera, thrusting with swords or lances at sacks stuffed with straw on the ground. All the demonstrators are riding light, without bandoliers, valises or helmets, throughout. Lancers charge wooden mockups of field guns from the flank, thrusting at targets around the guns. Swordsmen charge knockover dummies their own height, representing mounted opponents. A high jump, "Lion's Leap", is leapt by ten riders. More swordsmen, riding in extended order, charge knockover dummies representing kneeling soldiers. About ten riders make an open order charge straight at the camera. They continue over a combination jump, with one dummy to strike before the jump and one after. Another jump, "the double Oxo [sic]" (should be double oxer), is coped with. Several riders manage to jump "Lion's Leap" with a second horse on a lead rein.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
McDowell, J B (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Cavalry Equitation School (regiment/service)
Keywords: training, British military - combat: equestrian & [+] (object name)
Cayeux-sur-Mer, Somme, France (geography)
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: 480 ft; Running time: 8 mins
Notes: Remarks: a good illustration of the open order mounted tactics of British Cavalry during the First World War, although the ease with which some very difficult pieces of riding are managed suggests that the riders are all school staff rather than trainees.