• Short Summary

    Documentary made to persuade people to stay in the forces in the 1950s.

  • Description


    Soldiers sit on the floor in a large gymnasium. They are told that members of the Battalion have the choice of being posted to Germany or staying in Britain. The Colonel tells the soldiers the advantages of being in Germany.

    Sergeant Brown and Janie are undecided. On weekend leave Brown tries to persuade Janie that they should go to Germany. An ex-soldier who now runs a pub gives them some advice. He talks of how much friendship and satisfaction army life gives. He also says that it doesn't matter if the education of children suffers when they are moved around the world (!)

    We see the Army Barracks in Germany and the army houses (they look a bit grim). There follows a sequence showing all the fun army men can have in their spare time. Cricket for example, athletics and motorcycle trials. The men are seen on exercise. Narrator speaks of how some of the men will continue in the army, others will leave. Training in construction and workings of a shell. Royal Army Service Corps work is illustrated. Amphibious vehicle is seen, Royal Engineers are seen constructing a bridge. Royal Artillery, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, the N.C.O.s at Sandhurst - all these are shown.

    An army wife tells Janie that life since her husband has left the army life has been very difficult. Everything is so expensive and they are no better off in civvy street. Her husband is on hard times - he has been laid off by the factory.

    Janie goes to Germany to visit Pete. She is told how he has to look after his platoon, their leisure time as well as their army life. Janie is shown one of the army homes. Janie begins to be persuaded. An army hospital is visited, we hear a baby crying and Janie asks about education for children. We see some very well behaved children at an army school and are told of boarding school schemes. Janie wants to know the real reason why Pete wants to know the real reason Pete wants to stay in the army. Continued.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:17:30:00 / 01:33:02:00

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