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    Battle scenes from Verdun in France, 1916.

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    Battle of Verdun; 1916.


    Heavy artillery: various shots of guns and shells exploding. Includes back view huge gun with camouflage paint; rotating; side view another gigantic French gun; only part of its long barrel showing; a gun hidden in haystack; etc. MS as French soldiers consult map. Shot looking down at several French soldiers digging around entrance of dugout. MS one man inside crevasse; drilling (?) into rock as another stands smoking pipe; they come out; a sort of hose stretches from cave upwards and off screen. MS as French soldier crouches looking into hole in a wall. Shot looking through hole with jagged edges out at desolate burned battlefield. Same soldier inserts something into hole.

    Large explosion in distance. (Not certain if that had anything to do with the activities in the previous shots - they may have been mining an enemy position). Shot looking down at a few soldiers in crevasse. CU soldier's arm with wristwatch; held up to tell the time. Several soldiers stand bent over behind wall of sandbags (shaky camera due to shelling). Shot of soldiers' feet running. MS as soldier stands in parapet looking through binoculars. Wide shot empty flat field. MS man with binoculars. Next; soldiers walk through tunnel towards camera and disappear up steps in foreground on right. Shot of gun peeking out of snow-covered concrete bunker.

    MS German prisoners being brought in; walking through misty woods. Group of prisoners and one French guard stand together. Prisoners walk past line of French soldiers; first Prisoner of War breaks into grin. Wide shot; shells explode in distance. Tangled mess of stuff hanging down into bombed dugout. At fortress German POWs push cart with wounded man. Many prisoners march by on other side of barbed wire fence. MS 2 POWs; 1 scoops boiling water from big can over fire; pours it into smaller container. Line of POWs enter stockade-fenced in area; joining many other Germans inside. Closer shot some of POWs lying on ground sleeping. Various shots French President Raymond Poincare & Prince Alexander of Serbia touring camp; with them Joffre; etc. Prince Alexander talks to French officer.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    2K at Filmfinity
    Black & White
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    01:46:18:00 / 01:55:42:00
    ON 439 A

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