Corpses On Russian Front 1914-1918

Star Item
  • Add to Favourites
  • View as stills
This video has no sound
  • Description

    Corpses on Russian Front.

    Horrors of war in the Caucasus along the Russian / Turkish border. Road of Sarikamish after Turkish Army retreat; December; 1914.

    Shot moving down road; panning on many dead bodies lying in snow and frozen mud along side of road (camera moves; probably held by cameraman who walked along filming. This shot goes on and on; seemingly endless road of death. Live soldiers at work digging a mass grave in the frozen ground; looks like Russians supervising and Prisoners of War actually doing the digging. Men rolling and tossing corpses off a cart; dropping them into the snow. MS men digging trench. Pan on many bodies close together. Bodies on hillside in foreground, trucks driving on road down hill in background. CU pan on corpses. Horrible and sickening. Dog eating corpse (not human, looks like it could be a horse).

    The Turkish war minister had decided to attack the Russian Caucasus in winter; although in this terrain it would have been difficult enough in summer. The Turkish Third Army; 190;000 men strong; advanced to the high plateau along the Russian / Turkish border and slowly pushed into Russian territory. However the army was poorly equipped; without winter clothing; and soon became cut off from supplies. Russian Army counterattack was devastating. Many of those who were not killed or captured froze to death. (Although the date 1923 was written on Pathe's log for this film I believe it is actually from the campaign described above.) Some also on ON 378 A but more here.

    Warning: this item contains images which some people may find distressing.

    Cataloguer's note: duplicate of 'Corpses on Russian / Turkish Border' in ON 444 A on *PM2470*.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Archive
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    Sound:
    Silent
    Media URN:
    77394
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    2472.64
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration
    00:08:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:54:08:00 / 02:02:27:00
    Canister:
    ON 451 E
    Sort Number:
    ON 451 E
  • Appears in...

    Collections
    Newsreels
    Categories
    War & Revolution Religion & Politics
    WorkSpaces
    war türkiye Land of Blood and Tears WW1 CCCW1 Turkish P.O.W's La Guerre 2 Russia circa 1917 WW1 Turkey WW1 Russian troops at front The First World War WW1 Untitled Workspace Untitled Workspace 1919 istanbul WW1 Ad's
  • Stills

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.

All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment

To post a comment, please Register or to add a comment
On 18 September 2014 Scotland goes to the polls to vote on independence. To mark this and in celebration of all things Scottish, British Pathé has created Scotland: The Heritage Collection.
scot
British Pathe captured many extraordinary events on film over its 80 year history but sometimes the cameras were switched on when tragedy struck.
Franz Reichelt
With just days to go before Scotland makes their big decision, Pathe looks at the best of Scotland.
nessie

Related Videos

Hide
Russo - Finish War 1940

Russo - Finish War 1940

Interesting footage of the Russo-Finish war - would make more sense with more information.

Russian Demo Aka Crowds In Red Square To See Body Of Lenin

Russian Demo Aka Crowds In Red Square To See Body Of Lenin

Crowds in Red Square to see body of Lenin.

Corpses On Russian / Turkish Border

Corpses On Russian / Turkish Border

Masses of corpses on frozen Russian / Turkish border.

Lenin's Funeral - Moscow 1924

Lenin's Funeral - Moscow 1924

Crowds turn out for the funeral of Lenin in Moscow, London.

Time To Remember -  The Reluctant Warriors  1939  - Reel 4

Time To Remember - The Reluctant Warriors 1939 - Reel 4

Documentary about events of 1939 - preparations for war and then hostilities break out.

Verbal warfare at its best. Here are some of history's greatest retorts and snarling insults. These people certainly didn't mince their words!
pope
August 2014 marks 100 years since the start of World War One. To honour this landmark occasion, British Pathé have launched this definitive collection of WW1 films.
yardstare
The Duke of Edinburgh has many talents, but it is his unique way with words that often receives the most attention. 
Philip
Over its history, the Pathe cameras filmed a number of people who had committed heinous crimes. So in no particular order, these images show ten faces of truly evil men and women.
Himmler
Are you guilty of perpetuating a story regardless of its truth? Here are some classic urban myths which you may not know are false.
Urban Legends
10 telling images selected from British Pathé's extensive WWI footage. 'The war to end all wars' was a war without parallel: over 70 million military personnel were involved and over 17 million people died.
WW1
Life before health and safety laws; men worked at huge heights, balancing on girders and cranes all in order to help build the world's tallest skyscrapers.
Vertigo
The images taken from inside Buchenwald Concentration Camp after its Liberation show us what it was like; it tells us what happened and forces us to remember.
Buchenwald