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51380: Western Front Christmas, 1915

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posted on 2024-05-09, 09:49 authored by First World War Poetry Digital Archive Project Team

Christmas scenes on the Western Front, probably 1915. The Prince of Wales leaves a house to enter a car. A steam pump in operation by a canal lock, probably the Yser Canal. Troops, possibly new arrivals, entering billets. A field kitchen. Soldiers digging. A "Christmas ride to Berlin" showing British soldiers riding horses while wearing gasmasks. A horse obstacle-race. A ""ride of the Amazons"" of soldiers wearing skirts riding through shallow water. A ship coming into harbour. An RHA troop waiting to move off. British soldiers using a hand pump to clear a waterlogged trench. The date of Christmas 1915 is uncertain, but the format is that of early British official film, and Christmas 1916 seems too late. Also, there is the Prince of Wales, recorded by Malins as filmed at Christmas 1915.

History

Identifier

5733.mp4 | IWMFILM106-low.mp4

Subject

Commemoration | Fighting Men | Trench | Western Front

Creator

The War Office

Date

1915

Date Created

01/01/1915

Temporal Date

31/12/1915

Spatial

France or Belgium

Source

DVD copy of original film

Medium

DVD copy of original film

Type

Footage

Contributor

Alisa Miller

Rights

The Imperial War Museum

Collection ID

IWM 106

Repository Name

Imperial War Museum Film and Video Archive

Repository Address

Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ, UK

Publisher

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive

Producer

British Topical Committee for War Films