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ID numberF00045
Collection typeFilm
TitleBapaume to Bullecourt
Measurement16 min
DownloadDownload video 72.44 MB
Object type
  • Actuality footage
  • Short film
MakerWilkins, George Hubert
Place made
  • France: Picardie, Somme, Albert Bapaume Area, Bapaume
  • France: Picardie, Somme, Bapaume Cambrai Area, Bullecourt
Date madeMarch 1917-April 1917
DescriptionThe advance on Bapaume and Bullecourt after the Germans had retreated to the Hindenburg Line. Shows Australians participating during this action. The infantry advancing across no-man's land; the construction of light railway for the conveyance of stores to Bapaume during the advance. Bapaume was occupied on 17 March 1917; it had been destroyed by the Germans. The town hall was blown up by a delayed action mine placed there by the Germans in the hope that the town hall would be used as a headquarters. No high staff occupied the place but about 30 men were sleeping there when the explosion occurred - 6 men were rescued alive. Villages and artillery shown under heavy shellfire.

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