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  • Short Summary

    Good footage of Women's Royal Naval Service in training - includes tug-of-war.

  • Description

    WRNS (Women's Royal Naval Service).

    World War One. Women in military. WRNS are reviewed; practice training exercises.

    Opens w/ WRNS marching past - incl. some women not in uniforms - new recruits? Long line of women march. Male Navy officer speaks to women - pan. CU 2 women talking. The commander w/ a few women. Recruits march past; Navy band plays in BG. Pan as several female officers; w/ 1 Navy & 1 Army male officers walk past the women

    Sort of drill / game / physical training / sports thing: women in white blouses w/ ties; long skirts; no hats or jackets; walk toward camera in 2 close lines; w/ rope on ground between. CU they march in place; raising knees high - looks like aerobic exercise class! Suddenly turn; lines facing; grasp hands; & spread out along rope. They lift rope; start to pull & lean back as in tug of war. Strength. Then they twist round; still pulling same direction but now facing that way too. Looks a bit strange. 1 by 1 turn back again. More rope drill: 1 line of women standing along rope walk forward & off; another group enter; sitting on grass at intervals along rope. Stand; lift rope; pull. Shots of recruits still in street clothes; learning same exercise

    Back to inspection. CU women march; then LS same; as officers watch.

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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:
    01:51:37:00 / 01:55:57:00
    ON 167 B

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