Scenes of combat and destruction in World War I. Russian refugees and soldiers retreating from stricken areas.
Russia Date:1916 Duration:1 min 16 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Referring to Russian operations against German forces in World War 1, Slate reads: "Disaster rapidly followed disaster. The German armies advanced and whole provinces had to be evacuated after 24 hours notice." The film continues with a montage of World War 1 scenes. Mounted British lancers charging across a field. A German gun crew standing by a camouflaged 7.7cm Feldkanone 16 artillery piece. Artillery shell exploding ahead and close to camera. French soldiers charging out of their trench, into no-man's land. Gas shells exploding and gas drifting across a wooded area occupied by Russian soldiers and artillery, some of whom stand silhouetted without gas masks. A hand grenade being thrown by a Scottish soldier. Russian civilians crossing railroad tracks and watching conflagrations from an artillery barrage on buildings in background. Closeups of buildings burning and destroyed by German shelling. Russian refugees leaving area of destroyed and burning buildings.The group includes several Russian soldiers. One, an ambulatory wounded, using an improvised cane, is assisted by a Russian officer and a woman nurse. The ground is partly snow-covered. View of smoke from fire sweeping over a railway line and station. Russian soldiers along with civilians heading away from the embattled areas.
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