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Battle of Arras 12

The Film











Running Time
01 min 06 s

British Topical Committee for War Films

British forces, chiefly 7th and 29th Divisions, on the first day of the Somme offensive, Western Front, 1 July 1916. The film shows column of German prisoners walking to be deported by train. The second half of the film presents a map of the Battle of Somme and the German retreat of the Hindenburg Line.

The classic First World War film in every sense, widely used for stockshots even today. The only British official film to have a major impact on the perception of the war, both at the time and in historical terms. Also the only official film of the war with a claim to be regarded as great art in its own right. The unprecedented and unexpected public success of this film established cinema as a remainder of the war.


Germans Captured by the Canadians on Their Way to Arras Prison Cage German Machine Gunners Giving Themselves up to Canadians, June 1917

Other Materials

The Withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line

Canadians at the Somme