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Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race
Extended action from the Thames as Oxford and Cambridge compete in the last boat race before the outbreak of the First World War.
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Starting with shots of the crews carrying their boats into the river, this film records key moments from the 1914 boat race, with the rowers wearing scarves to guard against the spring chill. Cambridge were victors and lead from the start – the film shows the boats advancing towards a bridge, and also captures the victorious crew back on dry land with crowds of well-wishers. This was the last boat race until 1920 and four of the winning team would die in the coming war.