• Short Summary

    Air raid precautions in European cities - late 1930s, Spanish Civil War and War in China.

  • Description

    Unused / unissued material - no paperwork - dates unclear or unknown.

    Title reads: "Air-Raid Precautions. Berlin stages a black-out."

    Berlin, Germany. (Possibly a dupe of 37/76 - 1937)

    Sound of an air raid siren. Views of Berlin as people clear the streets in mock air raid practice. CU sign in German - "Zum offentlichen 2 minuten Sammel-Schutzraum." German troops run for cover. Almost totally deserted streets. Trams sit empty. Deserted streets. Views of bombers in the sky. CU of military observers from other nations watching air raid practice. Smoke bombs go off. More shots of planes and observers. Voiceover suggests fears of use of poison gas. Views of various buildings in Berlin. The smoke canisters make it appear like a real bombing raid. First aid men carry stretchers. Fire brigade at work. Damage (presumably mocked up for the event). Decontamination units at work in rubber suits and gas masks to clear the poison gas.

    Title reads: "Death From The Air - Gas Attack Demonstration In Paris"

    Paris, France. (Possibly a dupe of 36/85 - 1936)

    Various night time shots of bright lights of Paris. Air raid siren set off. Views of sirens. Electricity switches pulled and lights go out. People put on gas masks. Searchlights pick out planes. Anti-aircraft guns fire. Rescue teams wearing gas masks work to rescue injured.

    Title reads: "Air Raid Defence Practice in Budapest"

    Budapest, Hungary. (Possibly a dupe of 37/101 - 1937)

    CU air raid sirens. Empty streets of Budapest. Smoke canisters used to mock up fire and poison gas. Flares set off to indicate incendiary bombs. Fire brigades drive out of fire station. Mocked up scenes of devastation following bombing. Rescue squads wearing gas masks make their way on fire engines. Rescue and first aid squads at work on fires and wounded. Decontamination squads work as if they had been bombed with mustard gas.

    Naples, Italy. (Possibly a dupe of 35/29 - 1935)

    Italian air raid precautions are tested. Troops prepare anti-aircraft guns. Men in gas masks go work in mocked up burning buildings. Anti aircraft guns fire. People lowered from buildings. People pretending to be wounded are given first aid and loaded into ambulances. More people are rescued.

    Title reads: "Barcelona - Death Rains From The Sky"

    Barcelona, Spain. (Possibly a dupe of 38/20 - 1938) Spanish Civil War.

    Bomb damage in Barcelona. Woman crying in the street. Ambulances at work. Rescue workers carry out injured from bombed building. People searching through rubble. CU two people looking scared in shock. Rubble moved from building. Note: see separate record for DEATH RAINS FROM THE SKY in 37/101. AH 2001.

    Title reads: "Chapei" China. (Possibly a dupe of 37/89 - 1937)
    Japanese troops near Shanghai. Troops on the move. Bombing and artillery fire. Destruction of the city by bombing.

    Title reads: "Japanese raid Canton" Canton, China.
    Views over Canton as smoke rises from damage. Japanese airman captured over Canton. Wrecked buildings and railway. People clear rubble from bombed buildings.

    Title reads: "Canton Bombed" (Possibly a dupe of 38/49 - 1938)
    Views over roof tops of Canton. View from the river. A Pathe cameraman. Shots of smoke rising from damage. Closer shots of burning buildings. Fearful people in streets. Smoke rising. Wrecked buildings. A woman cries for dead. First aid man looks at young boy. More first aiders at work. Wrecked building.

    Title reads: "The Bombing of Hankow" (Possibly a dupe of 38/62 - 1938)
    Planes over head. Bombs explode in city of Hankow. Shots of damage to United States of America embassy from bombing. People clearing rubble. Men carrying a coffin.

    Title reads: "Madrid in Flames - Destruction Comes From The Air." (Possibly a dupe of 37/13 - 1937) Spanish Civil War scenes.
    Views over rooftops of Madrid, Spain. People look up as bombers fly over. People run for cover as siren sounds. Bombing begins and scenes of destruction. People cry and continue to run. Flames in the city at night. Burning buildings - fire and smoke. Ranks of coffins. Massive crater from bombing. More smashed buildings.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1930 - 1939
    hd format:
    HD at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:43:02:00 / 01:55:21:00
    UN 53 K

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