SONS OF OUR EMPIRE. EPISODE 5

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(Reel 9) A bombardment in progress. Mk I tanks move up. Fatigue parties (described as "doctors") move forwards. Prisoners are brought in and the captured area mopped up. The German Crown Prince's headquarters at Péronne shows shell damage. A Guards Division dressing station. The formal search of prisoners by Australians, "the Intelligence officer returns an Iron Cross to a prisoner". The troops return to their rest camps. A chaplain takes a message from a wounded man on a stretcher. Tanks and soldiers return. (Reel 10) The remains of Trones Wood and the unidentifiable rubble of villages. German dead in their trenches. A ditched Mk I tank. "Australians", "London Irish" and "Civil Service Rifles" (of 56th Division) return. An open air funeral service, "the inevitable price of victory". Mk I tanks of 'D' Company H/MGC being serviced and maintained. Aircraft return from their observation flights. An observation kite balloon lands. Men of 35th (Bantam) Division and the New Zealand Division rest. A final shot of Prime Minister Lloyd George on a balcony with H Samuel Homer Stacy, with a policy speech: "our sword was not lightly drawn, and will never be sheathed until our terms - Restitution, Reparation and Guarantees - are fully assured".

Catalogue entry from Imperial War Museum: http://film.iwmcollections.org.uk/record/index/45083

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Year 1917

Reference number F246428

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Series Sons Of Our Empire

Place of Production UNITED KINGDOM

Genre Newsreel

Production company War Office Cinema Committee, Topical Film Company

Credits Producer: William F Jury
Camera: Geoffrey H Malins

Related Link IWM Catalogue Entry

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