Battle of Mons (1929)

Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom   |  
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Originally released in England in 1926, The Battle of Mons was the second solo directorial effort of documentary filmmaker Walter Summers. Produced with the official sanction of the British Army Council, this 60-minute film recounts the British retreat from Belgium to Paris during the early months of WWI. Summers has "personalized" the action by restaging several incidences of individual courage, notably the efforts by a Scottish soldier to rescue his wounded comrade via wheelbarrow. The combat footage used herein was drawn from the vaults of the Imperial War Museum and includes several images which would pop up again and again in war documentaries of the 1930s and 1940s. Battle of Mons enjoyed its American premiere in March of 1929.



against-all-odds, behind-enemy-lines, courage, rescue, retreat [sanctuary], soldier, war