Compilation of various early military stories and other material. CHECK COPYRIGHT
Reel begins with footage of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 (filmed by Lumiere). Queen Victoria is then seen in Dublin in 1900 (filmed either by Hepworth or British Biography). Then the Warwick Trading Company film "Lancers Crossing the Modder River" - see Boer War Material Reel 1a followed by the Warwick Trading Company's "A Skirmish with the Boers Near Kimberley" - see Boer War Material Reel 2b. The funeral of Queen Victoria filmed by Hepworth appears next. Various shots of men cutting turf. An early tank-type vehicle is seen driving over rough terrain towing a trailer with a load covered with a tarpaulin. The machine is put through its paces.
C/U of a 1914 Evening News "War on Germany" poster. M/S of crowds surging forwards in a London (?) square as war is announced. Troop carriers drive through the streets - men standing on the back wave at the camera. Blackshirts march through the streets of Rome making the Nazi salute. King Victor Emmanuel stands on a balcony with his aides and salutes. Men and women march in a square and give Nazi salute. C/U of Mussolini standing at a podium with his hands on his hips. L/S of him making a speech. Various shots of the audience standing to attention as he speaks. C/U of him making gestures with his fist as he speaks. C/Us of ecstatic member of the crowd and smiling men. Another shot of Mussolini making a ranting speech. C/U of Hitler and Mussolini shaking hands. They salute each other. L/S of artillery being fired. C/U of radio operator. Shell explosion. C/Us of British snipers looking out of firing holes in a dugout. Shots of artillery being fired and resulting explosions. C/U and M/S of gun barrels poking out of the ground. Various shots of German soldiers in a bunker - walking up a metal stepladder, keeping a watch. Shots of the Maginot Line - impressive. M/S of an audience of British soldiers applauding and smiling.
C/U of Gracie Fields on stage singing (this is a mute print).
C/U of soldiers climbing down into some kind of pit. Various shots of the soldiers disarming an unexploded shell - a very big one! M/S of the shell being lifted out of the pit. C/U of two middle aged women smiling. M/S of the shell being pulled along the ground. L/S and C/Us of fires being lit along a beach. C/Us of soldiers disembarking from an amphibious vehicle - Dunkirk? Soldiers making their way up a beach. Various shots of army personnel and vehicles on the beaches of Normandy. M/Ss of soldiers drilling into a wall. Large mechanical diggers are driven onto the beach. Plane (Spitfire?) taking off.