WAR OFFICE OFFICIAL TOPICAL BUDGET 309-1 [Main Title]

Catalogue number
  • NTB 309-1
Department
Film
Production date
1917-07-25
Place made
GB
Subject period
Dimensions
  • whole: Number Of Items/reels/tapes 1
Creator
Category
film

© IWM (NTB 309-1)

Object description

I. French General Maistre inspects an aerodrome.

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II. Open-air concert for wounded soldiers.

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III. Venizelos of Greece attends church service.

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IV. Scenes on the Western front.

Physical description

35mm

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I. 'FRENCH AVIATION CAMP. General Maistre visits an aerodrome in Soissons and inspects the fighting planes.' General Maistre and his retinue walk along a line of Nieuport XVII fighters parked on a grassy field. The General stops to talk with one of the pilots. Men prepare to board a line of SPAD VIIs, and LSs as one aircraft taxies to take off.

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II. 'WAR ENTERTAINMENTS. A large number of wounded soldiers were entertained by a performance of "A Midsummer Nights Dream" at Hanover Lodge Regent's Park." LS as costumed actors and actresses file past. Convalescent soldiers stand looking on as fairies dance about. MS of Titania and Bottom - they embrace affectionately. Bottom, Titania and fairies approach camera.

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III. 'PROVISIONAL CONTROL FOR GREECE. M. Venizelos accompanied by General Danglis and Admiral Candouriotis attend service at the Church of St. Sophie at Salonika.' Greek military pass camera. Venizelos wears a top hat and morning coat - his hat lifted in salute to the crowds of onlookers, including Allied officers.

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IV. 'ON THE WESTERN FRONT. OUR ARTILLERY AT WORK.' LS over battery of 6-inch howitzers in flat terrain. A gun opens fire from offscreen to left, and in the background, other guns - all well dug in - also fire. 'Infantry moving up to stem the German attack.' Men rest by the roadside - it is fairly muddy. MS of soldiers marching at ease along a tree-lined road, followed by bicyclists and officers on horseback.

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