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Title:ADVANCE OF THE CRUSADERS INTO MESOPOTAMIA - 4 [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 80
Summary: Indian and some British forces on the Mesopotamian Front, 1917-1918.
Description: British "Territorials" in winter clothes march along a road in Mesopotamia, followed by a unit of cyclists. Indian soldiers marching. A 1-pounder Vickers anti-aircraft gun on a rail flatcar at Kahm Baghdadie in action. An 18-pounder in action in the desert near Ramadi. Two British observation posts, one of sandbags, the other improvised by tilting a field gun's limber. The "famous Bengal Lancers escorting prisoners", (poor film quality, no prisoners visible with the horsemen). Turkish prisoners on the march, escorted by British and Indian troops. Turkish soldiers surrendering to a Rolls-Royce armoured car. More Turkish prisoners drinking from a river and being shown by British officers how to cook chapatis for themselves. A series of shots edited together to produce a long column of Turkish prisoners. Indian Red Cross orderlies helping wounded Turks. Indian soldiers shown "clearing one of the tributaries of the Tigris of overgrown bushes and weeds". (Compare with IWM 30 in which the same scene is described as Wadi Auja in Palestine.) Horsemen, probably men of 7th (Queen's Own) Hussars, watering their horses. Turkish prisoners being escorted through 'Exchange Square' in Baghdad, along with a captured battery of German 77mm field guns. A pay parade for an Indian battalion. Indian troops unloading stores from a light railway wagon which is drawn by mules. Turkish prisoners being led over a pontoon bridge into Baghdad, ending at a prisoner of war camp.
Production Details: Jury's Imperial Pictures (Production company)
Jury, William F (Production individual)
Varges, Ariel L (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
British Army, Hussars, 7 (regiment/service)
Indian Army, Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
Indian Army, Bengal Lancers (regiment/service)
Keywords: operations, British military - movement: march (object name)
weapons, British - gun [AA]: 1-pounder Vickers (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 18-pounder field gun (object name)
prisoners of war, Turkish - surrender (object name)
prisoners of war, Turkish - movement: march (object name)
prisoners of war, Turkish - custody (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Rolls-Royce (object name)
society, Turkish military - sustenance (object name)
society, British military - friendship (object name)
society, Turkish military - friendship (object name)
casualties, Turkish wounded - battlefield (object name)
supplies, Indian, movement [RA] - misc (object name)
weapons, German - gun: 77mm field gun & [Turkish] & [captured] (object name)
Turkey & Kahm Baghdadie, Mesopotamia (geography)
Turkey & Ramadi area, Mesopotamia (geography)
Turkey & Baghdad, Mesopotamia (geography)
Turkey & Tigris River, Mesopotamia (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: 1470 ft; Running time: 26 mins
Notes: Title: only the series title appears on the film. The episode number has been taken from the shotsheet.
Production: this film appears to be one of the post-war compilations made by Jury from official material as part of his reward for controlling wartime film production.
Summary: see also IWM 30, IWM 59, IWM 60, IWM 61, IWM 63, IWM 68, IWM 72, IWM 78, IWM 79, IWM 81 and IWM 82.
Remarks: entertaining, after a fashion, but with no plot or message. Simply one scene after another, with little regard even for accurate description of what is being shown.