British NCO served with D Coy, 1/16th Bn (Queen's Westminster Rifles) London Regt on Western Front, 1917; POW in Germany, 1917-1918
REEL 1: Aspects of period in GB, 1915-1916: story of enlistment with Queen's Westminster Rifles in London, 2/1915; description of training. Aspects of operations with D Coy,1/16th Bn (Queen's Westminster Rifles) London Regt on Western Front and as POW in Germany, 1917-1918: arrived on Ypres Salient, 8/1917; billeted at Chateau Segard; role in operations at Glencorse Wood and Polygon Wood, 16/Aug/1917; problem of getting stuck in boggy ground; story of being captured and taken behind German lines to Courtrai; interrogation by German officer; description of food and living conditions at POW camps in Westphalia and Munich; story of POWs taking over running of camp in Munich after Armistice, 11/1918; description of ground and duckboards at Polygon Wood; story of soldier stuck in mud for four days; description of Polygon Wood; problem of German enfilading fire from pillbox; reaction to loss of friends; weather conditions; opinion of rations; amusing story about being unable to remove helmet; attitude to death; story of being gassed at Gommecourt, Somme.
REEL 2 Continues: medical treatment at Casualty Clearing Station; location of Yeomanry Post; description of billets at Chateau Segard; rotation in and out of trenches; story of losing wristwatch at Neuve Chapelle; attitude to being captured; further description of operations at Glencorse Wood and Polygon Wood.
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.