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Image of the Battle of the Scarpe. The tank "Iron Duke" moving through Arras on its way to the front, 10 April 1917. Image © IWM (Q 6418).

The “Battle of Arras” film

31st October 2017, 16:00, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library, Alastair Fraser

“The Battle of Arras” is the last of the three “great battle pictures” produced by British cameramen in the Great War. It has always languished in the shadow of its much better known cousins “The Battle of the Somme” and “The Battle of the Ancre” and did not achieve remotely the same commercial success. However it is a fascinating view of the British Army of 1917, an organisation that was learning from the ordeal of the previous year and at Arras dealt the enemy a blow from which they struggled to recover. This is a rare opportunity to see an important film that has been largely forgotten. The showing will be accompanied by an historical introduction and commentary by Alastair Fraser of Durham University Library, co-author of Ghosts on the Somme: filming the battle. The event is free but please register with Alastair Fraser.

Image: The Battle of the Scarpe. The tank "Iron Duke" moving through Arras on its way to the front, 10 April 1917. Image © IWM (Q 6418), reused under IWM Non-Commercial Licence.

Contact a.h.fraser@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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