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  • Short Summary

    Footage from the Western front during the First World War.

  • Description

    Western front Montage.

    Opens with shot looking down from hill to plain below and in distance; a couple French soldiers running through brush downhill. CU rocks and broken wood; rubble; bombs sending up smoke higher up on hill 4 grimy looking French soldiers. Looking down at ruins of bombed village; part of church; soldiers coming up hill through rubble; pan across more of ruins French soldiers walking through ditch; one carries shovel.

    Then scenes of soldiers in very primitive trench accommodations; pan to graves with wooden crosses stuck in the earth. Death; casualties. Looking down on a larger village; not bombed! Pan across the town; with farms in distance. CU girl with huge hair ribbon; holding U.S. flag. Another panning shot looking down into the valley; with lots of houses and other buildings; farms etc. looks like farming area. Actually I suppose this could be Alsace filmed by someone who sneaked up on it! Also on; ON 419; includes extra shot at beginning of men loading some sort of tripods (gun stands?) onto truck.

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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:
    01:54:09:00 / 01:56:03:00
    ON 056 E

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