Film: 7794

War + Military | 1940 | Sound | B/W


Footage of a factory producing 500lb bombs - the sting in the tail of the Mosquito aircraft. World War Two. The bombs are cast in moulds which look like metal vats, with flames around them, as if a furmace. A pair of bomb shells are removed from the casting (presumably by a type of crane) - suspended from metal chains. A wider shot of the factory shows the workers in the factory working on the shells, then in close up, a shell is being "rough ground" on the outside with a machine which looks like an angle grinder, but with a wider blade. Sparks fly and the man wears protective goggles. Close up of the machine itself. A female worker lowers a shell into a bath of water to check for air leaks. She marks those that are not air tight with chalk and they are rejected. Five shells move along the factory on a crane or pulley type system suspended from the ceiling. Another female worker loads a shell into a machine which will grind smooth the inside of the casing, and a thread is put on the inside using a multiple head lathe. Various mechanical shots, often with women operating the machines. The casings pass along a slow conveyor "by girls who quickly screw on a fuse cap". They are also checked for measurements. The commentary tells us that the bombs will then be filled with explosives (although this process is not seen). The completed 500lb bombs are transported out in large wooden goods carriages on tracks to RAF aerodromes.
Shot of a De Havilland Mosquito - stationary on a runway. Three men wheel two pairs of bombs underneath the aircraft and fix them to the underside of the plane. Two men dressed in pilot's uniform walk away from the Mosquito. One of them - Wing Commander Reynolds - addresses the camera, talking of the first Mosquito attack on Berlin in daylight, which he led. He also talks of other raids he has led on Germany and German occupied territories. He appears to be talking directly to those factory workers who make the Mosquito and her bombs. A Mosquito aircraft (number MM230) begins to taxi on a runway. Wider shots of the plane taking off and in flight, and as it flies away from camera it does a 360 degree roll.
A late news headline in a newspaper tells of a bombing raid on Berlin.
Intertitle: "Amgot brings Naples bread".
View of the port of Naples, Italy. Men in the hold of a ship shift bags of white flour, which the commentary explains is one of the first food cargoes into the port after it was captured. The sacks are lowered onto the sides of the docks in cargo nets, and are then loaded onto the backs of lorries. Frantic on lookers try to scoop up any dropped flour from the ground. Crowds of people gather in the street out side bread distributing centres. Soldiers in uniforms try to control the crowd and persuade them to form an orderly queue.
Intertitle: "Personalities in the news".
The Marquis of Linlithgow returns from India after serving as vice-roy for seven and a half years. He gets off a train with his two daughters - Lady Doreen and Lady Joan Hope, and their mother - who greet people on the platform with kisses. The Marquis holds his three year old granddaughter - Lady Sarah Hope. The family stand together and pose for the camera.
Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten arrives by air at an aerodrome in Delhi. He is met by Air-Marshal Pearce and General Auchinleck. Military types stand about the airfield - some wearing caps, others with pith helmets. He meets and shakes hands with some of the officers.
Eden visits troops in Cairo, en route to Moscow. Soldiers stand to attention outside their tents with their kits laid out in front of them. He shakes hands with a mechanic who has the bonnet of a truck open, and meets soldiers on a tank. The Egyptian premiere (wearing a fez) meets Eden and they pose for the camera.
Intertitle: "Red Army and Moscow Talks Shorten War".
Images of destruction caused by the German army - landscape with smoke from burning fires, ruined buildings, abandoned tanks. The voice over talks of the Red Army taking 6,000 prisoners in two days, and some prisoners are filed past the camera, being guarded by armed soldiers. Various shots of warfare: bombs going off in countryside areas, soldiers in tin hats shooting, but having to duck down from the impact of bombs exploding nearby. A soldier throws a hand bomb or grenade. Others fire machine guns, and one wipes his brow. Shots of larger field guns firing, burning tanks. "These pictures, just arrived in Britain, select incidents typical of thousands". Shots of the aftermath of battle, including destroyed tanks and heavy artillery.

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