• Short Summary

    French soldiers on battlefield and in bunkers.

  • Description

    Battlefield and Germans in bunkers.

    Opens with very hazy shot of smoke from bomb hitting in distance. Then a very clear shot of bomb landing in village; next to a house which is already in ruins.

    MS battlefield: MS 2 French soldiers in trench; one sits in a seat raised up so he can peek through hole at top of trench; the other is holding a primitive-looking telephone - or some sort of communications device - up to his ear. MS French artillery firing big gun. Shot of unidentified thing blown up into a tree. Wide shot looking over hills; with explosions in distance. Good shot of a few French soldiers hurrying towards camera, one carries a wounded friend piggyback. MS battlefield debris.

    Big explosion sends a torrent of earth flying. 3 French soldiers at machine gun. Bombed house in city with smoke blowing about; pan down street. Another house bombed; can see fire burning through second floor windows. Side view panning on same. Shot of barrel of gun peeking out of foliage.

    MS French soldiers in trench; 1 steps between 2 others & ducks down into dugout. Pan upwards; coat hangs on spike in the sloping wall of trench. Helmet lies on ground by trench. MS 3 soldiers at machine gun position; crouched on slope just behind ridge in dry rocky hills / piles of rubble and bombed up dirt; pan right, another soldier stands in background between piles. Very brief. CU German (?) soldier lying on side in grass (maybe shooting?). 2 French soldiers walking through piles & craters. Pan looking over these piles to explosions in distance. CU French soldiers and German prisoners of war walking through trenches and dugouts.

    Cataloguer's note: first half has French commentary, duplicate of items ON 446 T and ON 446 L.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    hd format:
    2K at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:46:35:00 / 01:48:38:00
    ON 449 M

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    The thing in the tree is a dead horse, The effects of explosions sometimes have some macabre results,
    Scenes from the documentary The Battle of the Somme show similar trenches as per those with the machine gunners after they had been heavily shelled and captured which as the German prisoners may indicate have recently been taken by the French.

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