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  • Short Summary

    French soldiers and air men - probably on training exercise.

  • Description

    Title reads: "France".

    French army and air force on training exercise?

    Various shots of French Air Force aeroplanes on air field. Various C/Us of high ranking French officers looking at a map. Various shots of aeroplanes taking off and in flight. Parachutists are seen descending. M/S of paratroopers landing.

    M/S of soldiers (the parachutists?) running along track, carrying rifles. The men fall to the ground and point their rifles. M/S of more soldiers aiming rifles over wall. Various shots of soldiers shooting. M/S of soldiers laying explosives on bridge. A flare is fired into air. We see soldiers running away from explosions on bridge.

    Note: sound track missing, no paper work. As a result little information exists explaining what is going on in item - any further information gratefully received. AH 2001.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    949.19
    Media URN:
    16179
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1937
    Sound:
    Mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:13:48:00 / 01:14:50:00
    Canister:
    37/102

Comments (1)

  1. timlarribau says

    This footage is probably shot during the September 1937 French Armed forces general exercise. The first officer visible, at 00:10, seems to be Général d'Armée Aérienne Philipe Féquant, Chief of Staff of the French Air Force from 1936 to 1938. The first aircraft visible are Dewoitine D510 Fighters. Then Potez 65 dropping paratroopers of the 601ème Groupe d'Infanterie de l'Air (601st Air Infantry Group), in flight gear with Gueneau type 11 leather helmets and Lemercier flight suits. The running paratrooper at 00:30 seems to be holding a M 1892 Berthier carbine and the following seem to be firing a FM 24/29 machine gun.

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