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  • Short Summary

    British soldiers advance across field, hidden by smoke shield.

  • Description

    Titles read: 'A Smoke Attack. Smoke bombs (not asphyxiating) fired by the British to cover up infantry advancing'.

    Location of events unknown - probably Western Front - France or Belgium?

    British soldiers crouched in FG; smoke up ahead of them (BG) coming from smoke bombs on the ground. They jump up; run toward smoke; and into the cloud; disappearing.

    Next; more smoke covers screen; with what looks like white rain or fireworks coming through the cloud. Soldiers run through trench (side view); scramble up over the top. Great shot of just dark silhouettes of soldiers disappearing into smoke! Danger; excitement; risk; daredevils; and spooky looking - just as one would imagine the Western front; No Man's Land etc. (And it may well be imaginary in this case - there's a good chance this action footage is not real.)

    Smoke continues to blow around; sometimes ground visible; sometimes not; then another rain of smoke. Side shot of soldiers running through smoke. Again entire screen is filled w/ smoke. LS soldiers running across dirt field; off on left; last guy jumps down into a ditch; or trench. More guys run a little ways; then jump into trench.

    World War One.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:43:00 / 01:02:21:00
    ON 136 O

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