With the Dunster Force, Persia and Baku

Unit Dunster Force
Accession Number F00051
Collection type Film
Measurement 13 min 28 sec
Object type Actuality footage, Short film
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Place made Caucasus: Baku, Persia: Hamadan
Date made 1917-1918
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

At the end of 1917 the likelihood of Russia making a separate peace gave rise to fears as to the security of Persia, Afghanistan and hence the north west frontier of India. Consequently a mission was established under Major General Lionel Charles Dunsterville CB, CSI which became known as Dunsterforce, comprising of around 500 men and a small number of vehicles. The aim of Dunsterforce was to organize and train local groups of Georgians and Armenians to counter Turkish operations in the Caucasus. [Early scenes of this film are jumbled and repeated in proper sequence once film restarts at about 2 mins.]

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