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The Royal Visit to the Battlefields of France, July 1917 - 1

The Film


Running Time
09 min

Topical Film Company

Visit of King George V and Queen Mary to France 3-14 July 1917.

The King and Queen arrive in Calais to start the visit. The King inspects war trophies at Bailleul with General Sir Herbert Plumer, then goes on to watch a tank demonstration and talk with a group of French officers. The Queen watches a flame-thrower demonstration at Helfaut. The King and Prince of Wales meet the King of Belgium at La Panne then go on to inspect aircraft at Bray Dunes with General Sir Henry Rawlinson.

The film is less tedious than the simple list of Royal visits might suggest, and contains a few good and interesting moments, but these only serve to highlight a vast bulk of routine.


Bristol F2B Fighter Avro 504 Two Gas Shells Exploding near the Canadian Lines, [ca. 1918]. Tanks at Cambrai Looping (Air Technical Service Poster) No. 15 Squadron

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