Views of a Belgian town occupied by German soldiers during World War I
Belgium Date:1915 Duration:3 min 4 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Belgian peasants in town captured by Germans during World War 1, are forced to give up their cattle to German authorities.They are seen leading cattle in the town squar3, as German soldiers direct them. Change of scene to street vendors stalls set up in front of established shops. More cattle being led to German soldiers on the square. Local Belgians and a few Germans pose for the camera. Behind them is a heap of rubble neatly piled up near some houses. A horseman moves past a church severely damaged by German shelling. The camera moves to other buildings also damaged. View backwards from vehicle moving across a wide cobblestone pavement, beside a destroyed railroad station. A German soldier stands near a man and woman. Extremely small open rail rail cars are lined up near the pavement. Two children stand in front of a larger open rail car. We pass a German staff car, going in the opposite direction and several people in horse carts. Severe damage from shelling is seen in many places, with some buildings completely destroyed. Final scene shows point of view from camera mounted on moving cart, looking to the rear, as the cart moves down the street passing many destroyed buildings. (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
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