AMERICAN CONGRESSMEN VISIT FRANCE [Main Title]

Catalogue number
  • IWM 142
Department
Film
Production date
1918
Place made
GB
Subject period
Dimensions
  • whole: Number Of Items/reels/tapes 1
Creator
Category
film

© IWM

Object description

Visit of some American congressmen to Vimy Ridge and the Somme battlefield, Western Front, 9-10 November 1917.

Physical description

35mm

Full description

Seven congressmen with a British officer escort walk through an ordnance workshop with a light railway terminal, past 6-inch howitzers (presumably being repaired). They go on to tour Vimy Ridge on foot, wearing shrapnel helmets, walking up the ridge to see the view from the top described by their escort. The group visits the inside of the damaged Arras Cathedral and Albert Cathedral (showing the Leaning Virgin very clearly). In civilian clothes they tour the Somme battlefield close to Fricourt Farm, including a visit to Péronne. The film ends with a shot of the US flag flying in the wind.

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