Good story detailing the training undertaken by British army officers and NCOs.
Titles read: "BACKBONE OF OUR ARMY - INFANTRY TRAINING - 1942 STYLE".
Somewhere in Britain.
Various shots at a Battle Drill School, where we see trainee officers and NCOs (Non Commissioned Officers) in training. They line up on the parade ground; natural sound as an instructor barks at them about the training they are about to undergo.
They run off in their squadrons and we see various shots of them running across fields, under the attack of Blenheim bombers flying overhead. The men use radio sets, field guns and rifles. We then see them going through a tough assault course, climbing under bridges, walking through muddy rivers, climbing up steep banks, falling into camouflaged pits, getting hit on the shoulder by a sandbag on a rope, climbing over barbed wire, walking over rivers on thin wires, getting into dinghies and crossing a wide river, then firing at plywood targets (natural sound throughout this section).
The men attend a lecture on street fighting (natural sound) then are taken to a blitzed suburban area that is due for demolition where they practice what they have learnt. Several shots of soldiers running about the area with bayonets, throwing hand grenades and running into bombed out houses. Explosions issue from the buildings and the men try to avoid sniper fire. Eventually, enemy soldiers appear and try to cross streets; they are shot down by our soldiers. Story ends with British soldiers marching along the suburban street.
Cataloguer's note: this footage is made more interesting by the fact that most of it has natural sound.