American troops set up defensive positions and communications in France during World War I.
France Date:1918, September Duration:1 min 7 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Film starts showing and American soldier atop a hill in France during World War I. He is hatless and looking through a periscopic telescope mounted on a tripod. Next, American troops are seen preparing defensive positions at the base of a slope. They are using picks and shovels. Not far behind them, in the background are buildings of a French village. Closeup of soldiers in their entrenchment. One wears a headset and kneels by a field communications device. A lieutenant, smoking a pipe, comes to him with a log book and hands him a paper dispatch to transmit. The soldier transmits the message using a telegrapher's key. The next scene shows two soldiers at another communications site, near a tall slender transmission pole, rigged up with guy wires.
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