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  • Short Summary

    British troops undress on beach and run to the sea.

  • Description

    Troops undress on beach and run towards sea - location of events unknown - a seaside somewhere.

    British World War One soldiers march down road; past low buildings; carrying rifles.

    Troops are seen undressing in ranks on a beach. Pan along the beach where the men are all disrobing, revealing pale, white British flesh. Clothing in piles on sand. They stand there in various states of undress, some with long john bottoms on, some shorts, some wrap towels around the waist, many look nervous and embarrassed.

    Five fully dressed officers stand in front - one with a dog beside him. Also in foreground are three men in old-fashioned bathing suits that cover chest down to thighs; they are clowning around and waving at camera. Shot of all the guys making a dash into the sea. Some wear shorts and of course there are those strange black swimsuits, but many of them are naked. Nice footage of bare bottoms! They reach the shallows and start splashing about.

    As our American cataloguer puts it: "We see a whole bunch of guy's butts as they run away from camera. Maybe this was to deal with a reluctance to bathe regularly in the army. Or maybe this is a special treat. Whatever the truth; it's really strange, really funny, and also endearing; the way some of them are showing off and goofing and others are shy and mortified."

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:08:09:00 / 01:09:23:00
    ON 007 F

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