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    British soldiers dig trenches.

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    Kitchener's British army dig trenches.

    Location of events unknown / unclear.

    MS a few soldiers in trench at work - one is turning a wheel with handle; another man reaches up and hands a board to someone above. A man sits on side taking a rest. Other men go into trench.

    Pan over area, many men labour with pickaxes and shovels; building / digging network of trenches; walls now higher than men's heads; and some of them are built up / supported with wood.

    MS along row of men in civilian dress; shirt sleeves and vests; trousers; with shovels; some men in army uniforms supervise the project.

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    hd format:
    2K at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:37:40:00 / 01:38:54:00
    ON 187 K

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  1. Unknown user says

    These look like films made during training exercises. as they aren't bothered about exposing themselves to any danger.

    The man turning the handle may be operating some form of air pump to ventilate a tunnel.

    The civies just haven't been issued with their uniforms, there are many stills of volunteers training in civies because of the lack of clothing due to the huge response to volunteer outstripping supplies..

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