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  • Short Summary

    Troops and police use heavy handed tactics to break up demonstrations by US war veterans.

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    Full title reads: "America. Bonus Army "Routed". Troops, tanks & tear gas used to evict 8,000 War Veterans in Washington."

    Washington, United States of America.

    Men climb down steps out of ruined building. Several of them hold the Stars and Stripes American flag. They are being led away by the police. One of the protesters is obviously resisting leaving the building and is being carried out by his hands and feet.

    Police lead a man away.

    Men of the State / National guard ride on their horses along the street. A large crowd of demonstrators have gathered.

    Firemen work to put out a fire at the roadside.

    Pan across what looks like a small shanty dwelling. Some of the shacks are on fire.

    Good shot of smoke moving across the sky with the Capitol Building in the background.

    Washington, United States of America.

    Policemen with batons drag away a protester.

    A large crowd of protesters stand on one side of the road. The Capitol Building is visible in the background.

    Men of the National / State guard are riding their horses down the street. The are followed by several small tanks.

    Armed guardsmen move protesters back. Long view of guardsmen - from the plumes of smoke rising it looks as if they are firing tear gas canisters at the demonstration.

    Guardsmen, wearing gas masks, run along the street.

    L/S a guardsman throws a smoke / tear gas canister.

    N.B. I think the Bonus Army was a Veterans organisation set up during the depression - any information welcome.

    Sound Track Missing. Material on record a and record b were originally separate items.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:52:45:00 / 01:54:34:00

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  1. marklp2 says

    US Congress voted a bonus for US WWI Veterans payable in 1945. So called Bonus Marchers went to Washington DC asking for early payment of Bonus. Pres. Hoover called on Army Chief of Staff Douglas MacArthur to evict the Bonus Marchers from their campsites. Later on after election of Franklin D. Roosevelt a second group of Bonus Marchers came to Washington. Roosevelt sent his wife Eleanor to speak to them and offered them places in the new Civilian Conservation Corps. Congress paid the bonus early in 1936.

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