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Filipinos Retreat from Trenches (1899)

Reenactment of action in the Spanish-American War.




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"An incident of the Battle of the Trenches at Candabar. The enemy are defending a high earth embankment with great stubbornness. The pits are crowded with Filipinos, who fire volley after volley. The artillery of the Americans plays havoc with their ranks and they fall back. leaving many dead. Their retreat is hotly pressed by a company of U.S. Infantry, with mounted officer. They tumble over the embankment into the trenches, fire a volley and then advance. The officer carefully examines the earth-works, his horse picking his way cautiously over the bodies of the fallen foe." Written by Edison Catalog

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War | Short | Drama




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June 1899 (USA)  »

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Fun Short
6 July 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Filipinos Retreat from Trenches (1899)

The Battle at Candabar is reenacted by the New Jersey National Guard in this Edison short. Running just over fifty-seconds, we see some Filipinos in a trench firing off shots when they're chased off by troops storming them. This short has actually been showed quite a few times and even on bigger stations like AMC and TCM. Apparently black actors were used as the Filipinos because, according to legend, no one at the time knew what a Filipino looked like so they could get away using black actors. That sounds incredibly stupid today but this is a pretty entertaining short as the entire time is spent with some sort of action going on. I'd hate to have been the one to dig this trench as it's quite large. When the attack begins several people are killed inside the trench yet they all start moving when the other side begins jumping into the trench. I'm guessing they were very fearful of getting jumped on.

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