DEIR EL BELAH [Main Title]

Catalogue number
  • IWM 10
Department
Film
Production date
1918
Place made
GB
Subject period
Dimensions
  • whole: Number Of Items/reels/tapes 1
Creator
Category
film

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Object description

Gurkha and British troops during the Third Battle of Gaza, Palestine Front, November 1917.

Physical description

35mm

Full description

Gurkhas in a trench prepare for the assault and attack. They are probably 3/3rd Battalion, the Gurkha Rifles, 75th Division, before the fall of Gaza on 18 November 1917. This is followed by a sequence of 8-inch howitzers being taken over a bridge at Belah, unlimbered, and fired. A sequence giving the view through a telescope shows a heliograph and mounted sentries on the move. The inside of the pumping station at Shellal. A press for printing British Army maps of the Palestine Front. Some West Indians, part of 1st Battalion, British West Indies Regiment (?), loaned to XXI Corps on 75th Division Front, marching down a road. There are brief views of officers on a hill surveying with binoculars and signalling, an outside view of the pumping station, and a final view of British troops in dug-outs on a hillside, possibly 1/5th Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment, 75th Division but possibly men of 60th (London) Division instead. Finally stores being landed from a ship using surf boats, perhaps at Gaza.

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