• Short Summary

    South African Prime Minister General Smuts addresses Parliament in London.

  • Description

    Titles read: "PATHE GAZETTE SPECIAL PRESENTATION - GENERAL SMUTS... ADDRESSES THE MOTHER OF PARLIAMENTS IN LONDON".

    General view inside the empty chamber of the Houses of Parliament prior to Field Marshal General Smuts making a speech, then dissolve through to crowded chamber. M/S David Lloyd George, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Smuts take the stand in front of members of both houses to a great outburst of applause.

    Lloyd George says "I call upon Field Marshal Smuts to address you".

    Field Marshal Smuts takes the microphone. He talks of the honour of being asked to address the house and the bravery and spirit of England. He refers to the war in China and the war in Russia. Then he says "We have now reached the fourth year of this war, and the defence phase has now ended. The stage is set for the last, the offensive phase". He talks of Hitler constituting the darkest page of modern history and calls for "a new fight to death for man's rights and liberties".

    He asks what sort of world we envisage as our objective after the war and what sort of social and international order we are aiming at. He says certain points of great importance have already emerged, such as the acceptance of the name of 'The United Nations', a conception much in advance of the old 'League of Nations'. He finishes by says "and may Heaven's blessing rest on our work in war and in peace".

    Cut-aways to members listening including shots of Clement Attlee and Anthony Eden. Churchill takes the microphone and tells of the labours to get this great statesman Field Marshal Smuts to this country. He then calls for appreciation for Smuts. The House rises and applauds and tries to sign 'For He's A Jolly Good Fellow', but the key is set a little high so sounds a bit out of tune. They then give Smuts three cheers.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1340.23
    Media URN:
    44246
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    26/10/1942
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:10:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:40:42:00 / 01:51:00:00
    Canister:
    42/86

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