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51392: The Making of an Officer: with the Artists Rifles at the Front, Official Pictures of the British Army

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British basic officer training in the Artists Rifles, St-Omer, Western Front, December 1915. Drill and musketry instruction. On sentry training British and French sentries together stop a staff car to check the occupants. Out in the country, the trainees cut brushwood for hurdles. They learn how to make bridges from tree trunks and rafts from gas capes filled with straw. They repair trench systems, and construct wire entanglements. An officer teaches them the elements of map reading. After a final address by the commanding officer they leave the training battalion in a bus of 16th AUX MT Company. On arrival at an officer cadet school they are instructed in using and stripping the Vickers machine gun and throwing hand grenades. The BTCFWF symbol appears on this film as a single negative flashframe. Summary: by this date the Artists Rifles, or 1/28th (County of London) Battalion of the London Regiment, enjoyed a unique status not as a fighting unit but as a holding battalion entirely for men undergoing officer training in France. This film was subject to censorship at GHQ France.

History

Identifier

5739.mp4 | IWMFILM203-low.mp4

Subject

Allied Forces | Fighting Men | Western Front

Creator

War Office

Date

Jan-16

Date Created

31/01/1916

Spatial

St. Omer, France

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 203

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

The British Topical Committee for War Films