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  • Short Summary

    Russian religious service held at the front.

  • Description

    With the Russian Army - Religious Service At Front - 1915.

    Eastern Front - Russia?

    Rather odd footage. Long line of Russian soldiers in a shallow trench; standing with heads and chests sticking up from the ditch; and all facing away and to left; the men begin to pray; crossing themselves in repetition; over and over; as the Russian orthodox priest approaches; along with a couple of army guys. He walks into view; along the snow-covered ground on the edge of the trench. The priest carries a cross; which he moves around; he wears long dark robe with designs woven on front strip; has a long white beard - looks very traditional.

    (Priest seems to be blessing the troops - SL.)

    Ritual; ceremony; weird juxtaposition of setting and activity. World War One; military; religion.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1856.14
    Media URN:
    71565
    Group:
    Old negatives
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1915
    Sound:
    Silent
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:19:05:00 / 01:19:52:00
    Canister:
    ON 023 C

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