simond9x Posted 15 November , 2013 Share Posted 15 November , 2013 I recently had a viewing of Walter Summers' film at the BFI’s Reuben Library. I was surprised that they only hold reels 1 and 3 as I’d thought that they had the complete film which runs to about 60 minutes. My understanding is that the IWM only holds a 3 minute clip (not taken from reels 1 or 3). Reel 1 shows embarkation, British infantry marching, a cavalry patrol routing a party of Uhlans, soldiers lying in line along the edge of a field, and some shelling of a town. Reel 3 shows ‘The Great Retreat” – soldiers and civilian trudging through a town, cavalry assisting in the rescue of some guns, Lincs and S Lancs soldiers defending a ruined house, a machine gun crew being given a lift by a Belgian woman with a horse and cart. I’ve seen other clips used in documentaries (German troops attacking from woods, British troops firing from shallow trenches, General Smith-Dorrien on horseback, the defence of Nimy bridge, to name but a few). Does anyone know if the full film still exists or from where these other clips were sourced? Or even just a synopsis of the whole film? Grateful if anyone can shed any light on this film please. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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