Description British officer served with C Coy, 1/5th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers on Western Front, 1917-1918
REEL 1: Aspects of operations with C Coy, 1/5th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers on Western Front, 1917: story about sergeant and party of men surrendering to German officer; description of attack on Borry Farm during Third Battle of Ypres, 9/1917; opinion of men in C Coy; amusing story about nervous horse; description of soldiers falling under fire; opinion of plan of attack; reason for firing on German stretcher bearers; repetition of story about sergeant and party of men surrendering to German officer; story about capturing 48 Germans in pillbox; description of conditions at Casualty Clearing Station; description of pillbox; casualties in C Coy; recapture of pillbox by Germans; story of helping wounded soldier; description of bullet hitting bone; story about taking badly wounded soldier to dressing station; story of encounter with German patrol; amusing story about Cpt. Horridge.
REEL 2 Continues: further comments about Cpt. Horridge; story about father paying for military band to join Bn; story of taking party of men to search for officer during March retreat, 1918; reaction to Cpt. Horridge leading attack on Borry Farm; description of walking over duckboards floating on oil cans; story about Tickler's plum and apple jam; story of enlisting in Brighton, 8/1914; reaction of father; problem of boils; amusing story about General arranging lunch appointment at the Café de Paris; opinion of Tickler's jam; various memories of Pte Mullen's skill as a boxer.
REEL 3 Continues: further comments on the Café de Paris story; story about visit to Brussels the day before the Armistice, 10/Nov/1918; opinion of Gen. Gough.
The Battle of Verdun (21 February-15 December 1916) became the longest battle in modern history. It was originally planned by the German Chief of General Staff, Erich von Falkenhayn to secure victory for Germany on the Western Front.
'Over The Top'. 1st Artists' Rifles at Marcoing, 30th December 1917, by John Nash.
Brothers Paul and John Nash were both commissioned as official war artists during the First World War - Paul from 1917 and John from 1918. Prior to becoming official war artists, both of the brothers had seen active service on the Western Front.
The trench warfare of the Western Front encouraged the development of new weaponry to break the stalemate. Poison gas was one such development. The first significant gas attack occurred at Ypres in April 1915, when the Germans released clouds of poisonous chlorine.