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Title:EL MEJDEL, JAFFA AND WEST COUNTRY TROOPS [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 12
Summary: Jumbled material of the British capture of Jaffa, Palestine Front, November 1917.
Description: I. Troops and transport camels of 52nd (Lowland) Division in the streets of El Mejdel (captured 9 November) including the well inside a mosque. Part of a squadron of 1st Hyderabad Lancers riding through the streets of Jaffa (the shotsheet gives this as Jericho) followed by troops of 75th Division. A shot of "Jaffa town hall and clock-tower within half an hour of its capture". (Jaffa was captured by the Wellington Mounted Rifle Regiment, New Zealand Mounted Rifle Brigade, ANZAC Mounted Division, at 10am on 16 November.) A view of the ANZAC Mounted Division bivouacs, and a panorama of Jaffa filmed from the sea.
II. From here the film breaks up into brief scenes of the pontoon bridge at El Ghoranyeh, some British troops (60th Division ?) on the march, the ANZAC Mounted Division leading its horses, and Turkish prisoners being put on trains at a railway station by troops of 52nd Division (possibly Wadi Surar aka "Junction Station").
Production Details: War Office Cinema Committee (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Jeapes, Harold (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Egyptian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 52 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 60 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 75 (regiment/service)
Indian Army, Egyptian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
Indian Army, 1st Hyderabad Lancers (regiment/service)
Australian Army, Australian Imperial Force (regiment/service)
Australian Army, Egyptian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
Australian Army, Anzac Mounted Division (regiment/service)
New Zealand Military Forces, Egyptian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
New Zealand Military Forces, Div, ANZAC Mounted (regiment/service)
Keywords: operations, British military - movement: march (object name)
operations, Australian military - movement: march (object name)
operations, Indian military - movement: march (object name)
prisoners of war, Turkish - movement (object name)
buildings, Palestinian - religious: mosque (object name)
buildings, Palestinian - institutional: town hall (object name)
buildings, Palestinian - commercial: railway station (object name)
Turkey & Jaffa, Palestine (geography)
Turkey & Jerusalem, Palestine (geography)
Turkey & El Ghoranyeh, Palestine (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 952 ft; Running time: 16 mins
Notes: Title: this is taken from the shotsheet.
Date: the store ledger gives this film as arriving in Great Britain in December 1917. Since Jericho was not captured until February 1918 it seems unlikely that the reference to it in the shotsheet is correct.