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Great War Films by Edward Walshe

Collection of C.E.F. related films from various sources, including:
 

  • National Film Board of Canada
  • Library and Archives Canada
  • Imperial War Musuem

 

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IWM 319: Pont Remy Sports

IWM 319: PONT REMY SPORTS [MAIN TITLE]Click here for the video. Object description The competition between Army Forestry Companies from Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand at the Forestry Camp at Pont-Remy, France, 15th September 1918.   Full description The soldiers watch several forms of contest. A pillow fight between two men sitting astride a log suspended over water. A tree-stump felling contest, in which the four representatives each have to cut down a stump about

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IWM150: SOLDIERS VOTING AND AMERICAN HEROES AT CAMBRAI[MAIN TITLE]

IWM 150: SOLDIERS VOTING AND AMERICAN HEROES AT CAMBRAI[MAIN TITLE]Click here for the video.   Object descriptionMen of Canadian 3rd Division voting in the Canadian General Election, and American Railway Engineers, Western Front, December 1917.Full descriptionA poster lists the various "Electoral Districts in Canada". Polling took place between 1 and 17 December. Men of 7th Brigade, Canadian 3rd Division read the poster. The brigade is 49th (Edmonton) Battalion, 42nd (5th Royal Highlan

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NTB 225-2: TOPICAL BUDGET (ITEM) [MAIN TITLE]

NTB 225-2: TOPICAL BUDGET (ITEM) [MAIN TITLE]Click here for the video.Object descriptionCanadian troops depart for the Front.Full description'CANADA'S CONTINGENT: H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught inspects, at Montreal, Canada's New Army upon their departure for the Front'. The Canadians parade before departure; flag raising ceremony takes place; the Duke watches as the troops march past in the snow.Production date1915-12-18Place madeGBDimensionswhole: Number Of Items/reels/tapes 1Catalogue numberNTB

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IWM 1062-19: MR LLOYD GEORGE AND SIR SAM HUGHES REVIEW THE CANADIAN 4TH DIVISION AT BRAMSHOT [MAIN TITLE]

IWM 1062-19: MR LLOYD GEORGE AND SIR SAM HUGHES REVIEW THE CANADIAN 4TH DIVISION AT BRAMSHOT [MAIN TITLE] Click here for the video.   Object descriptionThe visit of the Canadian Minister of Militia and the British Secretary of State for War to Bramshot camp, 7th August 1916.Full descriptionThe men of the division march past Lloyd George and Hughes (who is in uniform). Prominent is the division's kilted regiment, 72nd (Seaforth Highlanders of Canada) Battalion. Lloyd George deliver

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IWM 316: CANADIANS EAST OF ARRAS [MAIN TITLE]

Object descriptionUnedited film of 11th Battalion, Tank Corps, and of horse-breaking by men of the Canadian Corps, in rear areas of the battlefield during the Breaking of the Hindenburg Line, Western Front, September 1918.Full descriptionNot far from the Droucourt-Quéant Switch Line, tanks of 11th Battalion make their way up a gradient in the fog. The leading Mark V Male tank is marked 'Kim' and has a left-handed swastika on its nose (after Kipling). It is followed by another Male tank, and a Fe

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IWM 591: SIR ROBERT BORDEN VISITS HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH AND HMS CANADA [ALLOCATED TITLE]

Click here for the video. Object description Sir Robert Borden, Prime Minister of Canada, visits the British battleships in the Firth of Forth, February 1917. Full description Medium close-up as Sir Robert Borden comes onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth from a motor launch - Royal Sovereign Class battleship moored in background. Commodore Brand and Admiral Beatty are among a group of officers which receives him. Borden talks with Beatty and Madden on the quarterdeck. The party goes below

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IWM 549-2: Give 'Em Beans

IWM 549-2: GIVE 'EM BEANS [MAIN TITLE] Click here for video. Object descriptionShort piece encouraging people in Britain to eat beans, with Canadian lumberjacks as an example of people who do, May 1918.Full descriptionCanadian lumberjacks at work stop for their main meal of beans. In stop-action, a packet of beans and some pork fat are shown as their main food. "Beans are an energiser", the lumberjacks continue work at high speed (camera deliberately u

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Scenes on the track near Aix-Noulette and Lievin

Click here for video:   https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1060022728 DESCRIPTIONObject descriptionFilm taken from on board a moving light railway train in the British rear zones of the battlefield around Arras, Western Front, 1918.Full descriptionOnly the brake-wheel can be seen of the train, and for part of the time a lance-corporal brakeman with his back to the camera. The track moves through the rubble, clay and destroyed villages of the area, passing a few soldiers on

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Canada's Great War Nursing Sisters

Although Nursing Sisters focuses on two nurses in particular, Eleanor Thompson and Eden Pringle, it is a commemoration of the hard work and sacrifice of over 2500 Canadian women who served as nurses during the First World War. As always with Heritage Minutes though, they only have well, a minute, to tell their story. Naturally some details get lost although the way. So let’s take a closer look at Thompson, Pringle, and Canada’s WWI nurses at large.

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Our Heroic Canadian Brothers (With the Canadians on the Western Front)

Library and Archives CanadaPublished on Feb 9, 2015This film is a heritage item from Library and Archives Canada and is only available in English.British film of the Canadian Corps on the Western Front, 1917-1918. Engineers, British or more probably Canadians, constructing and operating a narrow gauge railway. Part 1. Horse-drawn scoops flatten out the path, then complete sections of rail are laid with sleepers already attached. Flatcars are loaded with 8-inch shells and sent forward on the rail

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Pathé Gazette News Reel, 1918

Library and Archives CanadaPublished on Jul 28, 2014Pathé United KingdomBritish Newsreels often featured aspects of Canada's contribution to the war effort. This film features scenes as varied as a huge pro-Allied forces demonstration in Petrograd during a snowstorm, sick soldiers on an outing in Montréal, and a Victory Loan parade in Winnipeg. Other footage of Canada's war effort was also produced by the Canadian War Records Office.IDC: 57513.

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Mobilization of the 127th York Rangers Overseas Battalion 10 April 1916

Library and Archives CanadaPublished on Jun 10, 2015This film is a heritage item from Library and Archives Canada and is only available in English.The film shows soldiers on a march, described as the Mobilization of the 127th York Rangers Overseas Battalion at Newmarket and trek to Eastman Kodak Barracks, Mount Dennis, April 10, 1916. The subtitle reads: "At Newmarket and Trek to Eastman Kodak Barracks - Mount Dennis Apr.10.1916." A long stationary shot shows a column of soldiers in company form

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Forty Thousand Feet of Rejected Film Destroyed by Ontario Censor Board 1916

Library and Archives CanadaPublished on Oct 1, 2015This film is a heritage item from Library and Archives Canada and is only available in EnglishThe Ontario Board of Censors destroys 9 miles of nitrate film. Members of the Censor Board look on as the Toronto fire chief sets piles of film on fire. The seven men and a woman cringe back in fear as the nitrate film leaps into a blazing inferno. They wrestle each other in a congratulatory fashion at a job well done. Shown left to right are G. Anderso

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Last Post for a Distinguished Soldier: Lt Col Agar Adamson

Library and Archives CanadaPublished on May 15, 2014Canadian War RecordsThis film documents the military funeral for Colonel Agar Adamson, Commander of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, who died November 21, 1929. In 1915, Colonel Adamson took temporary command of the Princess Patricia's Light Infantry when Colonel Francis Farquhar was killed and Gault disabled. Adamson won the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) at Ballewaerde for directing the defence with the utmost of courage, t

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Canadian Official War Films (First World War)

Library and Archives Canada Published on Jul 28, 2014 Introducing Canadian and German Military Positions at Vimy Ridge, 1917.  Item number (ISN): 188460 "Canadian Official War Films" series Part 1: In Action with Our Canadian Troops This film is the first part of a series that gives an account of Canadians in the Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 9-12, 1917. An impression of the battle is created through the use of 1916 footage from the British-made film, In Action with Our Canadian Troops and 1

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World War I British Newsreel: excerpt

Library and Archives Canada Published on Jul 28, 2014 Pathé Gazette  Along with images of British subject matter, this film features aspects of Canada's war contribution. The first Canadian-built ship to load cargo for Australia, the SS Canadian Raider, is pictured being loaded with timber in Vancouver. British Newsreels on the war often included aspects of Canada's contribution. Thus, Canadian audiences were able to see their Canadian troops in action through the distribution of British news

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Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Returns

Library and Archives CanadaPublished on Nov 3, 2014This film is a heritage item from Library and Archives Canada and is only available in English.On March 19, 1919, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) detrain in Ottawa after 4 years 6 months and 16 days of service overseas in the First World War. The film opens with a wreath honouring the dead and a portrait of Princess Patricia. The troop ship Carmania, loaded with the PPCLI, docks. Colonel Hamilton Gault watches his men disemba

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[Canadian National Pictorial] Halifax Explosion (1919/1920)

Library and Archives Canada Published on Dec 1, 2014 This film is a heritage item from Library and Archives Canada and is only available in English. The aftermath of the Halifax explosion of December 1917 and the new construction built on the site.  Source: Library and Archives Canada. Public Archives of Nova Scotia fonds, 1980-0339. IDC: 235699.

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British Canadian Pathé News, 106A (1919)

Library and Archives CanadaPublished on Dec 1, 2014This film is a heritage item from Library and Archives Canada and is only available in English.A newsreel consisting of a variety of stories. 1. The US Marines in Haiti. U.S. marines seen loading mules at their jungle encampment. A native guide leads them during their patrol. The patrol locates and captures a group of bandits of the "notorious bandit band of Charlemagne." They are shown returning to their cells. They help the guard by holding th

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Visit of Canadian Orphans to Vimy Ridge Farm in Guelph, Ontario

Library and Archives CanadaPublished on Apr 13, 2015This film is a heritage item from Library and Archives Canada and is only available in English.This film promotes the adoption of children orphaned by World War One. The viewer is shown the farm, called "Vimy Ridge" located near Guelph, Ontario, where the Soldiers' Aid Commission, Child Welfare Branch send children up to age sixteen in the summer. The film shows children playing and dancing. It emphasizes the discipline and orderliness of the f

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Vimy Ridge : Canadian Operations April 9, 1917

Library and Archives Canada Published on Apr 13, 2015 This film is a heritage item from Library and Archives Canada and is only available in English. Interspersed animated and actuality material of the Canadians in the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Western Front, 9-12 April 1917. Animated graphics of a map of the battle, showing the initial dispositions, divisional boundaries, and the three phases of the Canadian offensive. The animation includes a representation of the rolling barrage in front of th

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Pathé's Weekly (1914)

Library and Archives CanadaPublished on Apr 13, 2015This film is a heritage item from Library and Archives Canada and is only available in English.Newsreels consisting of a variety of stories. 1. New York City: Industrial Workers of the World, Thousands Strong, Flock Union Square To Hear Alexander Berkman, Anarchist. Monte Carlo, Monaco: Within The Shadow of Monte Carlo's Famous Bank, Tourists From The World Over Engage in The Annual Battle of the Flowers. 2. San Francisco, California: Governor

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Pathé Gazette

Library and Archives CanadaPublished on Apr 13, 2015This film is a heritage item from Library and Archives Canada and is only available in English.Newsreel with the following stories: 1. Hammersmith: New Zealand forces hold their own regatta on the Thames. 2. King's Lynn: American flying men hold gala sports. 3. Newmarket: The fourth war derby - won for the first time by a woman. 4. Aldershot, England: RMAC beats the first battalion in play in Army Cup final.Source: Library and Archives Canada.

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