This video has no sound
  • Short Summary

    Ruins and refugees on the Western Front.

  • Description

    Western Front - France or Belgium?

    Teams of horses pull gun carriages through town square; with cobblestones; 2-storey white buildings stand round square; other soldiers; a few civilians incl. children in BG; young boy pushing wheel barrow walks past; with a friend French refugees walk on path. Men carry sacks; rifle. etc. CU a few cows walk past - then ECU of spotted Holstein passing! Great shots. Behind cows come French peasants; 2 women carrying sticks; man holding onto bull's halter. Livestock. animals. Family group - grand parents & 3 small children; carrying various bags

    Pan area; craters in earth; black trunks sticking up; valley w group of French soldiers. Bombs bursting beyond ridge - BOOM - smoke Pan on bombed brick wall or trestle; train tracks - railroad tracks bent. Then pan on French soldiers; rebuilding; pile of boards to rt. Sign on what was railway platform: 'Noyon' (50 miles NE of Paris).

    More refugees: CU 2 peasant women with shawls; long skirts; in front of ruins; in shock. Soldiers get soup from a big portable field kitchen - one ladles it into bowls. Food. Pan on another bombed town, big pile of ruins on one side street; houses on other; pan more destruction - 1/2 collapsed house. French & Russian troops; girl w/ wheelbarrow. Next; British soldiers in woods; walk on boards laid across soggy ground. Pan battlefield or no-mans-land: craters like moon.

    War damage. World War One.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    hd format:
    2K at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:40:33:00 / 01:44:22:00
    ON 135 A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment