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  • Short Summary

    People in Paris before the invasion prepare for attacks from the air.

  • Description

    Unused / unissued material - dates unclear or unknown.


    Workmen move and fill sandbags to build protection and defences for buildings. Sandbags are used to cover windows. Pan across front of major building. More shots of men filling sand bags.

    Various shots of young people and children at a railway station in Paris (St. Lazare) - they may be being evacuated from the capital. Shots of the crowded railway station.

    Shots of various Paris buildings being prepared with sandbags. Men wave from a crowded train as it pulls away from a platform - they may be volunteers going off to join up. Shots of French soldiers at one of their defensive positions. A soldier is on guard outside a concrete bunker. Various soldier dig trenches. Shots of volunteers for the army. They receive their uniforms and get changed. A man is fitted with a gas mask.

    Shots of some kind of civic service - possibly a war time wedding. Children - possibly French evacuees - play in the countryside. They play with sand on a beach. Young children are prepared for bed. Food is served and eaten in a large dining hall. Men gather outside buildings (possibly Polish embassy?) Groups of them are allowed in, we see them signing forms.

    A wreath is placed at the French monument to the Unknown Soldier. Various shots of women in Paris carrying their gas masks along with their handbags. More shots of defences being built in Paris. Shots of the fire brigade practicing for an air raid. Shots of warning siren. People begin to go to shelters. Shots of people in shelter. Above ground emergency services put on gas masks. People come out of shelter (a young girl touches up her make up). A woman feed pigeons. People sit out in parks and at cafes - normal Parisian life - shops, markets etc. Kerb stones are painted in preparation for blackout.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:29:04:00 / 01:36:25:00
    UN 157 F

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