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  • Country: US
  • Year: 1919
  • Runtime: 16 mins
  • Description:
    I. US film mainly of their own forces on the Western Front, October or November 1918.II. US film of their own forces on the Italian Front, October or November 1918.III. US film of captured German war trophies displayed in Paris and the state visit of George V, December 1918.

    A column of men from 1st Balloon Company, in the Meuse or Moselle region, march through a village. British 8-inch Naval rifles (in fact 6-inch Mk VII guns) being fired by gunners of 27th (New York) Division. One chalks on a shell from first squad, New York . US Colored Troops of the Signal Corps, 92nd (Buffalo) Division, repairing wires after the capture of the Breslen trenches. US troops help issue supplies to refugees, loading the goods onto rail flatcars. French refugees return to Bohain, mainly old people and children who carry an American flag down the street. In recently-liberated Montbrehain 79-year-old Madame Josephine Wassaux talks to Lieutenant C A Daniels of 105th Field Signal Battalion, 27th Division. German prisoners work carrying boxes, and sit delousing themselves, at Saint Pierre des Corps station in the Loire area. At Puteaux five US volunteers test the effects of sneeze gas on American and German gasmasks. All emerge from a room full of the gas. The three without masks are badly affected, as is the one wearing a German mask. The man wearing the American mask does not seem to be affected.The contingent is 332nd Infantry Regiment. The men march through the streets of Treviso and under the main arch. At the River Sile Italian soldiers give them instructions in river crossing using punts. The Americans march to and occupy the Royal Dyke defences on the River Piave. Bonfires are prepared as protection against gas. A gas exercise near Varago-Maserada, with the men donning their masks. More of the trenches on the River Piave. General Charles G Treat and Mr Samuel Gompers (the American labour leader) with Colonel William Wallace, commanding 332nd Regiment, at his headquarters at Treviso. Mr Gompers talks to an Italian soldier, and in a formal ceremony the New York Sons of Young Italy presents its colours to the regiment, and they are carried back to its headquarters.The centre of the city. Captured German and Austrian 77mm field guns are parked along the Champs Elysées, and there is an exhibition of war trophies in the Place de la Concorde (the camera is on a car travelling at high speed). Enemy planes and guns are on display in the Tuileries gardens. In the Champs Elysées is a plaster-of-paris study of a planned statue of Poilu , a French soldier beside a female personification of France. A visit of King George V to France, probably December 1918. He emerges from the Bois de Boulogne station and enters a horse-drawn carriage with President Poincaré. The Prince of Wales is behind them. Their carriage and a number of others pass the camera too quickly for the occupants to be identified. With an escort of French soldiers the carriages cross the Seine into the Place de la Concorde.

  • Keywords: EFG1914
    World War I
    Wassaux, Josephine
    Daniels, C A
    Treat, Charles G
    Gompers, Samuel
    Wallace, W
    George V, King
    Poincaré, Raymond N L
    Edward, Prince (Duke of Windsor)
    United States Army & American Expeditionary Force
    United States Army & Balloon Coy 1
    United States Army & Div 27 & Field Artillery Bde 52
    United States Army & Signal Corps
    United States Army & [black troops]
    United States Army, 92nd Infantry Division
    United States Army & Div 27 & Field Signal Bn 105
    United States Army & American Expeditionary Force
    United States Army & Div 83 & Infantry Regt 332 & [Italian contingent]
    Royal Italian Army
    New York Sons of Young Italy
    operations, United States military - movement: march
    combat, United States - artillery bombardment
    weapons, British - gun: 6-inch Mark VII & [United States]
    refugees, French - return
    society, United States military - charity
    society, United States military - friendship
    society, French - friendship
    prisoners of war, German - custody
    society, German military - hygiene
    training, United States military - specialist: anti-gas
    operations, United States military - movement: march
    training, United States military - specialist: river crossing
    society, Italian military - friendship
    society, United States military - friendship
    training, United States military - specialist: anti-gas
    delegations, United States national - political
    ceremonies, United States - event-related: presentation (colours)
    delegations, British international - state
    spoils, French
    weapons, German - gun: 77mm field gun & [captured]
    arts, French - fine arts
    buildings, French - commercial: railway station
    First World War, Armistice & 12/1918
    Alsace, France
    Breslen, Marne, France
    Bohain-en-Vermandois, Aisne, France
    Montbrehain, Aisne, France
    Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, Indre-et-Loire, France
    Puteaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France
    Italy & Treviso, Veneto
    Italy & Sile (River)
    Italy & Piave (River)
    Seine (River), France
    Champs Elysées, Paris, Département de Ville de Paris, France
    Place de Concord, Paris, Département de Ville de Paris, France
    Bois de Boulogne, Paris, Département de Ville de Paris, France
    Children and war
    World War, 1914-1918 -- Motion pictures and the war
  • Provenance: Imperial War Museums
  • Provider: Imperial War Museums
  • Production company:US Signal Corps
  • Colour: Black & White
  • Sound: Without sound