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WAR OFFICE OFFICIAL TOPICAL BUDGET 327-2 [Main]

  • Country: GB
  • Year: 1917
  • Runtime: 3 mins
  • Description:
    I. Stock footage of ammunition train.II. Cavalry training in Egypt.III. Competition for women farm workers.IV. Popular author Hall Caine commences work on a propagandist screenplay.V. Pétain reviews French troops after fighting in the Ailette Valley during the battle for the Chemin des Dames.

    I. 'HOT STUFF FOR FRITZ. An ammunition train of 9.2 shells going up to the Front.' HA as train passes diagonally left to right pulling open wagons filled with 9.2-inch shells and ammunition boxes - soldiers sit in each of the wagons.II. 'OUR CAVALRY IN EGYPT. Strenuous training, necessary, to keep men and horses fit, must be carried on in early morning on account of the fierce heat.' HA of squadron in formation, wheeling to reverse its course. Two ranks in line abreast ride through each other. Column walks along beach through shallows. Horse are ridden up a steep bank.III. 'ABLE GIRL FARMERS. Farmer critics were full of praise for the agricultural work done by the women, at their efficiency test, held at Maidstone.' Women contestants, each wearing a numbered armband, spray fruit trees - an audience of convalescent soldiers look on. Women planting with dibbers, topping a hay rick, ploughing with motor tractors.IV. 'HALL CAINE GETS TO WORK. At the request of the Prime Minister the famous Author is doing the scenario for a great War Film.' The famous author sits at his desk, holding an open book. When prompted he opens a small can of 35mm film and holds a length up to the light for scrutiny. Hall Caine looks out of his study window. He leaves his study to step out into the garden.V. 'AFTER THE AILETTE VICTORY. General Pétain reviews the Troops and decorates their Colours after the great engagement.' Troops pass in review over a grassy field. The men fallen in - Pétain salutes as he walks across in front of them. MS of soldiers holding some of the colours.

  • Keywords: EFG1914
    World War I
    Caine, (Thomas Henry) Hall
    Petain, Philippe
    British Army, Egyptian Expeditionary Force, Remount Squadron 44
    James Edmonds and Sons
    National War Aims Committee
    supplies, British, movement [RA] - munitions
    transport, British military - rail: ammunition train
    weapons, British - shell: 9.2-inch shell
    animals, mammals: horse
    training, British - specialist: equestrian
    economics, British general - fairs: agricultural worker's competition
    propaganda, British - inspirational
    ceremonies, French - event-related: colours ceremony
    ceremonies, French - state: investiture
    Egypt
    Maidstone, Kent, England, UK
    sex
  • Provenance: Imperial War Museums
  • Provider: Imperial War Museums
  • Production company:Topical Film Company
  • Colour: Black & White
  • Sound: Without sound