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Summary: The attack on Saint Julien by 39th Division, Western Front, 31 July 1917.
Description: A very broken film. A gunner with two horses out of control plunges past startled soldiers in a trench. Explosions in the distance. A view of no man's land. 18-pounder field guns are brought up past a trench and wounded on stretchers come back the other way. Behind the lines, German prisoners are used as stretcher bearers. Horses carrying 18-pounder shells in panniers move up.
Production Details: War Office Cinema Committee (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
McDowell, J B (Production individual)
Raymond, H C (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Div 39 (regiment/service)
Keywords: weapons, British - gun: 18-pounder field gun & [-] (object name)
combat, British: [-] (object name)
medical, British military - movement: [-] (object name)
prisoners of war, German - movement: [-] (object name)
Saint-Julien, West Flanders, Belgium (geography)
no man's land (concept)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 215 ft; Running time: 4 mins
Notes: Cameraman: the cameraman was either McDowell or Raymond.
Summary: see also IWM 102 SCENES ON THE YSER CANAL. Following a policy change in spring 1917 the British abandoned their previously successful 'big battle' film format in favour of a more intimate approach, culminating in the major project for autumn 1917, the BRITISH REGIMENTS series. As a result there is very little coverage of the Third Battle of Ypres, and this item represents one of the very few films of an event in the battle.