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Battle of Arras 11

The Film


Running Time
12 min

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. This picture of the ‘big battle’ shows the Infantry marching to their final positions, the attack itself and consolidation of the next few days as the attacking troops are withdrawn for rest. The rest of the films show the casualties and damages caused by the artillery, and the consolidation of captured German positions at Fricourt and Mametz. The British soldiers come out of the line to rest, and they and their German prisoners retire to the rear.

The classic First World War film in every sense, widely used for stock shots 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.


Trench Mortar, Valenciennes Pack Horses Taking Up Ammunition to Guns of 20th Battery. C. F. A., Neuville St. Vaast, April 1917 Hauling Heavy Shells Tank Near Artillery Crater Filled with Water Barbed Wire Along the Hindenberg Line, 1914-1918 Troops Enjoying Ice Cream

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