Friday, February 13, 2015

News of the Week February 13, 1915 -- February 13, 2015

The 13-February-1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.

"Testing French caterpillar gun at Vincennes, France.  Copyright, 1915, by Pathe Daily News." The wheels of the gun carriage have feet, which should make it easier to cross muddy areas like the whole Western Front. 

"Germany's Crown Prince, photographed in Belgium.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly." Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany, eldest son of Kaiser Bill, was a goofy looking man who did not inspire confidence.  At the beginning of the war, he commanded the German Fifth Army, then Army Group German Crown Prince.  He did a poor job. 

"New German army being drilled at Frankfurt, Germany.  Copyright 1915 by Hearst-Selig News Pictorial." Every year, a new generation of conscripts became available, along with volunteers. 

"Indian boy scouts at Carlisle Military Academy.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News." The Carlisle Indian Industrial School was a major boarding school for Native Americans.  Olympic Champion Jim Thorpe was an alumnus.  The school was run with military discipline. 

"Examining cotton bales with X ray in hunt for contraband.  Copyright, 1915, by Hearst-Selig News Pictorial." I don't know where this is taking place.

"England's heaviest field guns going to the front.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly." I wonder if they are BL 60-pounders. 

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