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    Verdun battle scenes, autumn 1916.

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    Battle of Verdun, autumn; 1916.


    French continue to regain territory which had been lost to the Germans earlier in the year. MS crosses on graves in ground. Various shots devastated battlefield; pieces of metal; rubble everywhere; shots of corpses - generally horrible. A few living soldiers seen walking across carrying wounded. More dead soldiers both French and German; headless corpse; rotting corpses, pieces of corpses. Trench full of dead. Soldier crosses little bridge over this trench. German soldiers crowded in back of trucks. German soldiers in action: soldiers in trench; seen from behind. Soldiers crouching in shell holes in devastated battlefield. MS soldiers running past camera. French soldiers raising barrel of huge gun; painted in camouflage. More shots of giant railway guns. Soldiers walking single file on ridge in distance. Good shots of French gun in a pit; covered with canopy that looks like sod.

    French soldiers cross field. Map showing French Army's advance. Shots of another mess; with mangled equipment; rubble; etc. on hillside. French soldiers carry material through well-fortified trench; past entrances to dugouts with sandbags stacked around wooden frames. Soldier filling jugs of water from puddle in shell crater; he and another carry them away. Shots of bombs exploding. Gun barrel sticks out of its hiding place; fires several times. A few men walking. CU man looking through binoculars. More explosions and guns. Shot from hill; looking downward. French soldiers walking down hill inside trench; while a group of German prisoners walk up the hill towards camera. Next; a few French soldiers join several comrades sitting up on a rocky ridge; just below the top (where they could not be seen from other side).

    Warning: this item contains images which some people may find distressing.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    2K at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:01:00 / 01:05:08:00
    ON 439 C

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