Terre Haute Tribune, February 18, 1916, page 1
8,000 see war picture shown
Tonight Will Be Last Opportunity---Extra Day Given to Terre Haute
EFFICIENCY OF THE GERMANS GREAT LESSON OF FILMS
Zeppelins Shown Flying Over Warsaw—Troops Massed for Attack on Russian Forts Are Visible
For the last times today that wonderful war picture “On the Firing Line of the Germans” will be shown at the American.
This picture, which was brought here by the Tribune, has already been shown to nearly 8,000 patrons of the American, and the probabilities are capacity audience tonight will hang up an attendance record for a motion picture which will stand for a long time to come.
W.H. Durborough, the press photographer under whose direction the picture was made, had a tremendous advantage over others, who have attempted to cover with the camera the big features of spectacular wars. The American had carte blanche to go as far as he liked in making the pictures and he has overlooked no point in his effort to show exactly what happened in Russia and Poland. The activity of the Russians and the French as well as the doings of the German soldiers are shown through the accurate unbiased eye of the camera.
“Nought extenuate, nor set down ought in malice!” seems to have been Mr. Durborough’s motto. Following the Zeppelin raids on Warsaw comes the death dealing rain of Russian shells. In the great seven-day battle, both sides are shown in efficient action. The fall of Warsaw and the storming of Fort Novogeorgievsk are two of the big moving spectacles in this great war drama.
Cavalry charges participated in by spirited horses, some of them valuable thoroughbreds with splendid records on the turf and in the stud are deplorable features of the awful conflict. The horses seem to ravel in the excitement. And why not? The average horse sent to the front lasts a few weeks at most. Automobiles carrying the Kaiser and his staff, General Von Hindenberg, and other notable figures in the war are frequently introduced.
Great bodies of warriors, numbers tens of thousands, are shown.
The capture of 85,000 Russians by the Germans is shown as a mere incident. Imagine the immensity of a war spectacle in which 85,000 soldiers are made prisoners being treated as a mere incident. Some of the prisoners are shown at meals and various games. Others are cleaning up the debris left over after the bombarding of a city.