Film: 8131

Industry + Work | 1940 | Sound | B/W


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Engineering in Sheffield both during the World war two and just after, demonstrating what is involved in producing weapons for war and for construction during peacetime. Boats on the sea, men in military dress and pith helmets can be seen on the boats. There follows a scene on land where tanks are stationary on a street. The next shot is of a more rural road where tanks have been destroyed and are strewn about at the side of the road. We see a draughtsman in a suit, at a drawing board. Then to man operating machinery. A factory where smelting and working of metal is taking place. There are women working at a factory, making fittings and then placing them on a conveyor belt which runs past them by the bench at which they are working. We see a shot of several basic prototypes of the tanks with the wheels and main body, being driven along in a factory, one behind the other.

A plane being driven slowly along the ground, in what looks like an aircraft hangar. Following this is the bough and rudder of a ship being polished in a factory, then fade to a large ship sitting by a dockside, then is slowly lowered down a ramp, and into the water. There are two men inside the ship studying a map on a small table. Then to room where men in suits sit around a table and discuss something, however the audio is not of sufficient quality to make out the subject. A large busy room where a man stands behind a kiosk with the sign 'vacancies' above it, one man walks over to the kiosk. The camera then moves to behind one of the kiosks, however a woman now stands behind this one, and another woman approaches the kiosk from the other side, she is handed a leaflet entitled "Training for War Work in the Engineering Industry". Women are shown working in a factory, being supervised by a woman who walks behind them as they sit at a long bench.

Men are making shells in a munitions factory. Women are making cartridges and bullets, fade to the bullets being fed into a machine gun by a rather grizzled looking soldier. There follows a series of quick cuts back and forth between the ammunition being made in the factory and subsequently being used on the battlefield in tanks, rifles and heavy artillery. There follows a montage of clips cutting back forth between workers in the factory and people preparing food in the home and at restaurants, equating the preparation of ammunition for killing with the preparation of food for living, there is the suggestion here that if women are able to operate kitchen machinery the factory machinery is no more complicated and can be operated by women.

There are soldiers in uniform in the quartermaster's store. This then cuts to an exterior shot of two men in wheelchairs in the grounds of a house. We go back to a man working in a factory, one of his arms is prosthetic, and the clip shows that he is able to saw despite this affliction, he then changes the fitting on the prosthetic hand and starts filing the metal he has been sawing.

Small boats docked in a harbour. Then soldiers are conversing within one of the boats, the camera then moves back to reveal more soldiers and a wren in the cabin. This then cuts to people streaming through open gates toward and underneath the camera, which is somewhat high up. A man in a dark suit and tie is sat at a desk directly facing camera, he speaks to camera. We see more draughtsmen and workers smelting, before the end credits appear on the screen.

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