Documentary detailing co-operation between nations to safeguard peace and ensure progress. c. 1951
Written by Lambton Burn. Edited by Arthur Michelin. Recorded by George Newberry. Spoken by Bob Danvers-Walker.
Farmyard scene. A young man leaves home and goes to the recruiting office. He swears an oath. Anglo-French Treaty being signed by five nations in 1947 (Great Britain, Holland, Belgium, France and Luxembourg). Ernest Bevin signs for Britain. Pledged co-operation in peace and mutual aid in war. Setting up of the Western Union defence pact.
People rebuilding after war damage. Icon, buildings and statues affected by war. Field Marshall Montgomery in Fontainebleau (sp?). Munitions and aircraft factories. Twin jet bomber "The Canberra" takes to the air. Air fleets perform battle exercises. Operation Bulldog first in series of mock battles. Shots from aircraft of other planes and parachute jumping. West Falia - General Keithley (?) and (?). Tanks. Military manoeuvres. Soldiers. Bombing from the air.
Spirit of co-operation at sea. Warships including Le Fantasque, Theseus, Arromanches. Aircraft carrier Implacable. Three Admirals - Madrigar, Gillinger and Lambert (?) meet. Aeroplanes take off from the carrier. Admirals Lord Louis Mountbatten and Lambert join for sea-air exercises in the Mediterranean. Guns shot from on board ship.
Map illustrating how on April 4th 1949 seven nations joined with 5 Western Union powers to safeguard the world's progress and peace. Foreign Ministers of Canada, Denmark, Portugal, United States , Iceland, Italy and Norway signed the North Atlantic Pact. (This is the start of NATO - the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation). Flags of nations. Paris: Hotel Astoria - military command has been set up. General Dwight D Eisenhower signs his assumption of command and makes a speech. Soldiers on the march, manoeuvres. Children in a playground. Soldiers look on.