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    Full title reads: "A CALL TO ARMS BY FIELD MARSHAL SMUTS".

    South Africa.

    Various shots of Field Marshal Smuts reviewing veterans of the Boer War who are on horseback. He reviews some other troops in his 'Call to Arms' drive. General Smuts makes speech (natural sound): "You see today what is probably the greatest military display ever staged in South Africa. It is a 'Call to Arms'. It is a great recruiting drive. It is a renewed drive for war service and for keying up the spirit and the will of our people to a maximum effort in the further prosecution of the war. We know now that we can win, but we also know that the winning may mean the heaviest land fighting of the whole war. No mistake could be worse, could indeed be more fatal, than for us or any of the allies to sit back or go easy at this stage, under the impression that our job is mostly done and that final victory is nearer in sight. It is not, and victory will mean greater efforts than we have made so far. It is under these circumstances and with this situation before us that I now renew my appeal to South Africans not to rest content with the cleaning up of Africa, but to follow the tide of war across the Mediterranean to the final and decisive European fronts. Europe calls. Young South Africa come forward and move on to the battlefronts. Unite for Victory."

    Various shots of Field Marshal Smuts taking the salute as the men and women of the South African services and home front armies march past. Massive parade resembling Soviet ones takes place.

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:34:18:00 / 01:38:08:00
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    Historical Figures & Celebrities War & Revolution
    South Africa My worksapce South Africa WW2 Jan Christiaan Smuts Conscientious Objectors
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