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  • Short Summary

    French and Belgian troops celebrate on the Western Front (Armistice or Christmas?).

  • Description

    French and Belgian troops at Front.

    Somewhere on the Western Front.

    French & Belgian troops celebrate Christmas at the Western Front. Soldiers sitting around in a circle; round a fire (looks like forest clearing). One wears a pointed hat like a wizard. Relaxation. Shot of one man passing out pages of newspaper to read (could be Armistice news?). One man w/ Union Jack stuck in rifle is waving it at camera. Same group bouncing up & down and acting silly - having a party - actually; it may be a Christmas party. Some hold sticks of candy. The jokester is bouncing around a little figure of a man on a string.

    Troops at front; crouch in a ditch (not a trench); aim & fire rifles; etc.

    CU Man wakes a soldier in a shallow trench and gives him a big candy cane and 1 of the little hinged figures. Shot of 2 soldiers sitting in primitive trench eating. (Some of this is repeated from a story on Christmas at front w/ Belgians.)

    World War One; holidays.

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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:
    01:25:33:00 / 01:28:06:00
    ON 154 G

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