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August Offensive 9

The Film











Running Time
07 min

Topical Film Company

Compilation film of the British Army during the Battle of Amiens and the Advance to the Hindenburg Line, Western Front, August 1918.

Men of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Canadian 3rd Division, rest against a wall in a village “after taking Jigsaw Wood” which they did on 29 August. British lorries have difficulty negotiating shell craters in the road behind the lines. In a sunken lane Royal Engineers string telephone wires, using German rifles stuck in the ground as posts. In the foreground a field kitchen is covered with a tarpaulin as line-laying wagons of the Royal Engineers pass by loaded with equipment. Men of 4th or 5th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers, 52nd (Lowland) Division, in combat gear “moving forward” (their officer has his arm in a sling). Scenes in Achiet-le-Grand. The remains of Bailleul, Béteran and St-Léger. Three men of 8th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, 56th (London) Division, pull a cart load of captured German mortars and machineguns through Croisilles as ammunition limbers pass the other way. A group of men from 1/4th Battalion, London Regiment, 56th (London) Division, “waiting to go over the top in a front trench at Bullecourt”. The ruins of Bapaume station, followed by a pan over a main street in Bapaume, showing considerable damage. The church at Grévillers, also showing major shell damage.


Movement of supplies, Lens, 1918 After a Bombing Raid in Étaples, France, 1918 Canadian Engineers Repair a Bridge Destroyed by the Germans A Light Railroad Truck with Wounded on Board, [ca. 1918] Pack Horses Taking Up Ammunition to Guns of 20th Battery. C. F. A., Neuville St. Vaast, April 1917 A Trench on the Canadian Front Showing “Funk-holes”, May 1917 Ruined French Village, 1914-1918 Soldiers marching with rifles, fall 1918 Hauling Heavy Shells The Frost-hardened Ground of the Ridge Melted as the Day Wore on

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