US soldiers dig trenches and dugouts then are trained in using Lewis gun.
Titles read: 'Digging trenches and field "dug-outs" [sic].
American soldiers digging trenches and training with Lewis gun - location of events unknown, but could be United States of America, France or Belgium?
Very good film of US troops in action. Soldiers at work on this construction project: digging with shovels; pan to dugout - built of sod & rocks; w/ 2 guys digging trench in front; and others up above & behind pounding - one may have hammer or some real tool; another guy is banging away with a long board; holding it with both hands and bashing on roof of dugout. Pan on past others at work digging; 2 guys carrying a heavy stone up a bridge of branches built across the ditch
Title: 'The Lewis gun is light enough to be held while firing.' CU side shot; soldier standing; firing a Lewis machine gun w/ big round magazine on side. other guys stand near him. He stops; turns it upright - (to reload?)
Cut to flash frame title: 'The gun fires from 400 to 1200 shots per minute.' CU looking down behind soldier lying on his stomach; with the gun propped up on a support in front - extra shells; magazines lie to the side. Next; 2 Americans run up ladder to platform where gun is mounted; camouflaged behind thick trees; a wall of sticks at side of platform; where trees stop. British (?) soldier watches from below.
World War One.