King George V of United Kingdom visits British Expeditionary Force troops at the front in France.
France Date:1914 Duration:44 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Opening slate refers to King George V visiting the British "contemptible little army," at the front in France. This refers to German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm, who ostensibly issued an order in August 1914 referring to General French's "contemptible little army." (General French refers to Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres, who commanded the British Expeditionary Force following the outbreak of World War 1.) The King with his Aide de Camp, Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, and others, steps from an official car. One officer, in an overcoat, walks away, rapidly,heading towards a road where British troops are moving. He is standing there with two officers wearing white arm bands, as King George V and his party reach the spot.Cavalry horses are grazing in a field nearby. British Expeditionary Force (BEF) units are moving along the road. The King greets and shakes hands with an officer standing near the moving troops. The road is crowded with horse-drawn wagons moving war materiel. Infantry are seen in the far background. (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
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