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Title:WAR OFFICE OFFICIAL TOPICAL BUDGET 354-2 (fragment) [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 1061-02a
Other titles:PICTORIAL NEWS (OFFICIAL) 354-2 (fragment) [Alternative Title]
Summary: I. Newsreel item on French troops guarding an overturned German A7V tank, "made in Germany", Western Front, 8th May 1918.
II. Newsreel item on the visit of the Prince of Wales to the Anglo-French sector of the Italian Front, May 1918.
III. Newsreel item on US troops and guns, "the heroes of Montdidier", on the march in rear areas, Western Front, spring 1918.
IV. Newsreel item on British cavalry and other troops on the Western Front, late March-early April 1918.
Description: Close to Villers Bretonneux the tank 'Elfriede', victim of the first tank-to-tank engagement on 24th April, lies on its side with its track mechanism clearly visible.
A view of the mountain area. The Prince walks with his French escort through the snow-covered lower slopes of the area, hardly visible in his heavy winter overcoat.
"The fight for the woods": Cavalrymen, probably of 1st Cavalry Division, canter down the slope in column of twos and move through a wood. Scottish troops, some wounded, "out of the battle and all smiles", grin at the camera.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Edward, Prince (Duke of Windsor) (person)
French Army, Army 1 (regiment/service)
French Army (regiment/service)
United States Army & American Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
British Army (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Cavalry, 1 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, German - tank: A7V Sturmpanzerwagen & [captured] & [damaged] (object name)
propaganda, British - inflammatory (object name)
delegations, British international - goodwill (object name)
operations, United States military - movement: march (object name)
casualties, British wounded - battlefield (object name)
propaganda, British - inspirational (object name)
01/3(4-15).92 [1918 Somme 2] (event)
Villers-Bretonneux, Somme, France (geography)
Somme, France (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: None
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 231 ft; Running time: 4 mins
Notes: Production: see IWM 1061-01 and IWM 651a for production details
Summary: see IWM 180 for the Cavalry item. Note that a French language fragment of this issue, consisting of story II and one item not in this fragment, is IWM 676b. The items on the German tank and the Prince of Wales appear, in slightly different form, in the French newsreel ANNALES DE LA GUERRE 62 (IWM 508-62)
Technical: this fragment is current held on the same reel as IWM 1061-02b-d, the can is marked as IWM 1061-02