Austrian-Hungarian troops on the march and French infantry assault German-held hill, in World War I.
Western Front Date:1916 Duration:5 min 22 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Austro-Hungarian troops march along a road during winter in World War 1. Snow covers the ground. Change of scene shows troops moving supplies (including a field kitchen) in horse-drawn wagons, along the crest of a hill. Next scene shows a mounted army bugler sounding a call in a snowy army camp field. Regimental lancers (Ulanen) ride into view leading a column of various kinds of troops. The lancers are seen galloping along a path, followed by troops and supplies in wagons pulled by teams of horses. A group of senior officers is gathered near one looking through tripod mounted periscopic binoculars. They see French columns on a hill held by German troops. Austro-Hungarian infantry move down a snowy hillside. In the distance, French troops are assembled and march in small unit formations across a flat snow-covered field to engage the entrenched Germans. The French infantry begin to run on their attack. Several are seen falling to German gunfire. Then they are seen retreating in formation. Fallen French soldiers lie in the snow.The French infantry reform and launch another attack, making a right flanking movement before moving forward, this time. In their final assault, they swarm uphill, leaving many fallen lying in the snow behind them. Later they are seen carrying the bodies of the fallen from the field. Austrian medics on skis come the the aid of a wounded comrade. They improvise a sled from skis and pull the wounded soldier on it. (WWI; WW1)
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