Nationwide celebrations of first anniversary of Anglo-Soviet alliance include pageant at Earl's Court, addressed by Sir Richard Stafford Cripps.
ENGLAND: London: Earl's Court: Empress Hall:
GV assembly in Empress Hall
SV Richard Stafford Cripps on platform
SV pan delegates sitting on platform including Ivan Maisky, Jordan and others
SV Maisky and Lady Cripps
Cripps addresses crowd SOT
- Tonight we celebrate the first anniversary of that event which changed in a moment of time the whole prospect of the war. (Applause) There were some who then thought that the resistance of the Soviet people would be half-hearted and of short duration. Little they knew of the devotion of the citizens of the Union for their country and to their leaders, nor did they realise the vast industrial and military strength of our new allies. Also we celebrate tonight the far more recent sequel to that outbreak of war, the Treaty of mutual assistance and post-war collaboration between our two peoples announced a little more than a week ago. (Applause)
- These declarations of policy and the knowledge that in all matters affecting the reconstruction of Europe our two great nations will in future work side by side and in harmony with the United States of America, and other united nations makes this Treaty a most valuable factor in creating a stable future for Europe.
- We now have the full help of the United States of America with us in the war. The time will come when, with this help, we shall be able to launch a great and successful attack upon Hitler in the west. (Applause) When we strike let us strike hard and with the determination to march through to Berlin before we call a final halt. (Applause)
- Together our peoples will go forward not in any false spirit of optimism but with a dogged and united determination to wipe the foul blemish of Nazism from off the face of Europe. (Applause)
LV uncovering saddle to be presented to Timoshenko
GTV troops marching out and forming up on dais
SV A.A. Battery manned by ATS getting into position
SCU ATS in battery
LV pan RAF marching past plane being assembled
SV RAF marching towards
CU Maisky looking on
GV railway and underground workers in parade
SV railway girls carrying "UNDERGROUND" banner
SV bus conductresses carrying "BUS CONDUCTORS" banner
CU Cripps and Mme Maisky looking on
Background: Nationwide celebrations of first anniversary of Anglo-Soviet alliance include pageant at Earl's Court, addressed by Sir Richard Stafford Cripps.