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    Good shots of German and French troops in trenches at start of World War One.

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    German and French soldiers at start of World War One.

    Shot looking down at the troops walking through a very narrow and shallow trench or ditch; they are crouching down while walking. MS soldier leaning against fortified wall of trench; another comes over and looks over top with binoculars. 3 soldiers struggle to mount a piece of machinery (not certain if it is part of weapon or some sort of periscope). Soldiers walk through trench carrying guns; they pass other gunners already in position.

    Another shot looking down at soldiers walking through primitive trench. Then they join the main trench which is a bit wider; has ladders leaning against front. Good shot of officer talking to soldiers in trench; one man stands guard; others sit. The soldiers get up and creep away back through connecting trench. Again; shot of soldiers standing guard

    Now the other side: French Army troops in trench; loading something to be shot from rifle - flares or smoke bombs or even poison gas? French soldiers march past. Shot from inside trench fortified with sandbags; 2 soldiers peer through some sort of peephole between sandbags. MS 3 soldiers relaxing by small building with barricade round it. 3 other soldiers look out of trench or dugout.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
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    01:19:53:00 / 01:22:47:00
    ON 437 H

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  1. Unknown user says

    Given that both forces are wearing steel helmets ,which didn't come into service until late 1915 then the description of the clip as French and German soldiers at the start of world war 1 is erroneous. T
    he German footage is clearly a staged exercise, particularly the sentries who are exposing themselves to the extent that they would have made excellent targets for a sniper had they been at the real front line.

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