French soldiers engaged in trench warfare, during World War I
France Date:1916 Duration:4 min 24 sec Sound:NO SOUND
French troops engage Germans (not seen) from trenches only 40 feet apart, during World War 1. explosions create a line of white smoke in background, as French troops are photographed in a deep trench by camera from above. Glimpse of a French Schneider 240 mm howitzer firing. Shells striking and heavy white smoke rising. French troops in a deep trench, lined with woven wood sticks. They use a grenade launcher to propel ball grenades. Grenades striking and raising clouds of white smoke. A French soldier by several canisters placed in a trench. He ignites one that begins to emit white smoke. He quickly leaves the trench as all the canisters ignite and generate large clouds of white gas that drifts toward the German trenches. Views from evacuated position of the gas rising and drifting. Several French artillerymen firing a heavy gun. They run to the rear of the gun as it fires and some cover their ears. More views of the gas drifting toward German trenches. A German shell explodes on or near the French trench where the gas is being generated. A battery of French 120mm long guns mounted on railway flat cars. They fire tear gas shells. View of the same trenches shown earlier, with gas continuing to cloud the area, and a shell exploding in the midst of it. French soldiers in a fortified position,load,tighten,and release a grenade launcher, propelling a grenade toward German positions. An Aasen mortar (Mortier Aasen) 3.5-inch (88.9-mm) gun-mortar firing gas shells from a trench. White smoke rising from shell strikes. Small German shell or grenade, exploding just outside a French trench. French soldiers hunched down and moving quickly through a trench, and then going "over the top," in a charge. (Note: This footage was filmed by the famous American World War 1 photographer, Donald C. Thompson, as indicated in the opening slate.)
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