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Malins and the Mines.


andrew pugh
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Morning All.

Could anybody tell me why Malins chose to film the detonation of the mine at Hawthorn Ridge rather than the two larger mines that were detonated at La Boisell on the same day? Just a point of intrest as to why?

Best Regards Andy.

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I suspect that the answer is simply one of viewpoint. Because of the relative positions of the German and British lines, a cameraman could get closer to the Hawthorn Ridge crater, and with a better view of the location.

Tom

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He did not choose. On 27 June 1916 was ordered by GHQ to report to 29th Division, which was in that area. On arrival he was sent to 86 Brigade HQ at Mailly-Maillet, and then the rest is history. The option to film La Boisselle going up never arose.

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Malins was based at the northern end of the battlefield, whilst John McDowell the other camerman involved was based at the southern end, which may go some way to explaining it

But I see Chris has already given a better explanation that mine

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