Late 1930s and early 1940s life in Jerusalem, Palestine. Views from 1917 era as British military patrol under British Army General Edmund Allenby advances in military trucks up the plains from Gaza. Arab forces riding on camels. The Arabs move in support. Jerusalem is captured by the British in 1917. British men in the city. An aerial view of late 1930s and approximately 1940 "new" Jerusalem contrasting the ancient parts of the city and new building. Narrator descriptions and visual portrayals of nationalism among Jewish and Arab residents in Jerusalem. Jewish men construct what the narrator terms as "a typical Zionist house just going up" Jewish civilians walking on the streets including one woman pushing a baby carriage. Cars move on a street and a view of a bus moving up Queen Mary Avenue. Jewish residents at a beach of Tel Aviv. They enjoy the water and dance the hora at the water's edge. A British man teaches an Arabic farmer the modern methods of agriculture. Men harvest food grains with a harvester. Arab boys in a class get a proper education "as in Europe." Palestinian girls in dresses play a game of basketball. The ex mayor of Jerusalem Hussein al-Khalidi in the center and other people around him.
British troops of the 4th Sussex Regiment, 53rd (Welsh) Division, marching through Bethlehem, Palestine, on December 9, 1917. Local populace watches as the troops march through the town.
British Army General Edmund Allenby, the Commander in Chief of the EEF (Egyptian Expeditionary Force), enters Jerusalem, Israel on 11th December, 1917 during World War I. The Commander in Chief converses with commanders of Allied detachments and Attaches before entering the city. He shakes hands with officers and soldiers. Soldiers in the background. General Allenby enters the holy city through the Jaffa Gate on foot. He is accompanied by Allied Ministers and Military Attaches. Officers on horseback. Allied soldiers march. Standing on a platform Sir Allenby reads out Jerusalem Proclamation. A large crowd of soldiers and officers in front of the stage. A reception of civic and religious dignitaries. Sir Allenby shakes hands with the dignitaries.
Views of Jerusalem, Palestine, following entry of the British, under General Sir Edmund Allenby, on December 11, 1917, in Worid War 1. A minaret and the Dome of the Rock, mosque. Outer view of the mosque, with the fountain for worshipers to wash in before prayer, and men on its steps. A guard detail of British troops marches past, in formation. British soldiers on camels. A captured Ottoman soldier being questioned by British interrogators. British troops inspect a well that had been sabotaged by retreating Ottoman forces. British troops on parade, in full battle gear, with their unit leaders saluting as they pass reviewing officers (unseen). (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
British troops in Palestine after the end of Ottoman rule during World War I. Mosques and minarets of Palestine after the end of Ottoman rule. The front facade of a mosque. Australian soldiers on camels. A Turkish prisoner of the Ottoman Army is interrogated by British soldiers. The troops inspect a well destroyed by retreating Ottoman troops.
British military engineers (they appear to be Australian and or New Zealand, ANZAC, troops) constructing a railroad line in Palestine during World War I. Some drive spikes to secure the new rails, as others position them with long steel poles. Teams of local laborers carry materials forward from the track-laying supply train that moves forward as track is installed. Another scene shows a holt tractor pulling British artillery and men across the sand. Final scene is of British troops bivouacked in a grove of palm trees. The Suez Canal is visible in far background. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)