Thank you for your reply. It appears this is not going to be as easy as I hoped.
Here is the fuller code in case that makes a difference?
<div class="animations"><img alt="image here" width="100%" height="100%" src="images/1.gif"> </div>
"section" are pages on a slider. It does work when I use the button, but as I said, I need to have the animation reload/start from beginning on entering the particular page/section. Also, I will be doing this about 7 times total with different animated gifs on separate pages/sections on the slider.
Again, many thanks for any help!