Historic events during the reign of five British Monarchs.
Material assembled for an uncompleted documentary probably put together in the late 1940s. Sound is intermittent throughout. There is no complete shot listing - please let Pathe know if you spot something we have missed.
This reel covers the First World War.
Poster "War declared on Germany". Crowds in front of the Bank. Dates change from 1914 to 1918. Ships at sea. Admiral Jellicoe. The fleet at sea. British expeditionary force arrives in France. Troops disembark, and go up to the line marching and in old buses. Kitchener's army prepares. Kitchener inspects troops, Big guns on the move. Troops on the march. Firing big guns. Carrying ammunition in the snow. Loading and firing big guns. Town ruins.
Biplane flying overhead. Kaiser inspects German troops. Czar inspects Russian troops. Russian army in the field. Gas driven car. British troops in Egypt. French and Italian troops in Salonica / Salonika. King of Serbia inspects Troops. British women's war activities. Nice shots of women munitions workers. Blimp over London. R.A.F. preparing and arming planes in France. Ruins in Rhineland from bombing. King and Prince of Wales with R.A.F. in France. The King in various front line positions and witnessing a battle, seeing tanks, on the docks and on board ship.
British troops in France, capturing German prisoners, and scenes of the Battle of the Somme. Bomb damage to lighthouse. Battle at sea, firing torpedoes, ships on fire off Danish coast. King and Officers on H.M.S. Collingwood. Remains of crashed airship. Ship departing port, Lusitania? Crowds in street. American fleet. Men signing up. Model of battleship in street. Fleet at sea. President Wilson. American troops march past the Bank. American Troops departing on ship for France. Earl Haig and Admiral Beatty. Officers inspecting troops. Prince of Wales leaves building. Marshal Foch. Shots of troop inspections, military activity and warships at sea. World War One footage - France. Various meetings of military men, march pasts, loading guns on warships and firing them. Action in the trenches. Tanks and weapons moving through France or Belgium. Various shots of artillery being fired, troops on the move, combat scenes. German prisoners of war? Peace declared? Crowds wave and cheer - royalty on balcony of Buckingham Palace - King George V and Queen Mary. Captured German submarines - German fleet surrenders Warships returning . Archbishop of Canterbury (Donaldson), King Feisal and Lloyd George. Continued.