The Battle of the Ancre and the Advance of The Tanks (1917) is a little known masterpiece of British non-fiction cinema which documents the autumn and winter stages of the Somme campaign on the Western Front. Including the first ever scenes of tanks in battle, Battle of the Ancre also conveys, with power and artistry, the difficulties experienced by the British Army as it fought over ground beset in a sea of mud.
The film is being made available by the Imperial War Museum for screenings across the country throughout summer and autumn 2018. This screening is a joint event with Chelmsford City Council.
Saturday 22 September, 1.30pm-3.45pm (refreshments will be served from 1.30pm, the film screening will begin at 2.00pm)
Tickets £5, including tea, coffee and biscuits. Advance booking essential