• Short Summary

    News in a Nutshell: Parisians prepare for air raids and gas attacks, Belgian Balloonist Professor Piccard & the British fleet lit up at night following an Inspection by the Lord Mayor of London.

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    Paris, France
    Warsaw, Poland
    Tilbury Docks and Southend Essex

    News in a Nutshell titles: French authorities stage a mock gas attack in order to train the civil population in defensive measures during air raids and gas attacks in a time of war. CU. Fireman wearing a gas mask. WS. Smoke canister pumping a plume of smoke into the street some people are participating in the drills and pretending to be overcome by the gas attack, others are curious onlookers watching the demonstration LS. People slumped on steps as part of the demonstrations.

    WS. Firemen examining a map of the area. MS. A fireman being helped to strap on breathing apparatus. CU. Man in gas mask. MS. Line of fireman in gas masks. LS. Fireman in gas masks on bicycles. WS. Fire crews arriving to the mock gas attack by car. MS. Two firemen in breathing apparatus. LS. Ambulance crews dealing with civilians overcome in the attack. WS. Ambulance crews preparing an ambulance. WS. Back view fireman in breathing apparatus hosing down a street. MS. Front View of the firemen. WS. Civilians overcome by the gas attack lying on the pavement.

    LS. Ambulance crews dealing with a victim of the attack. WS. Ambulance crews attending to people in gas masks. LS. Ambulance crews placing a man on a stretcher LS. A man on a stretcher being put in to an ambulance. LS. Fireman climbing a ladder. LS. Fire ladder. LS. Fireman turning a water cock. WS. Fireman on a ladder hosing a building as part of the air raid demonstration. WS. Street with hoses and fire ladder in position.

    Warsaw: WS. Balloon surrounded by crowds. MS. Belgian Balloonist Professor Auguste Piccard. LS. Professor Piccard speaking (Nat Sound) thanks Polish Air officers for helping to prepare his balloon. WS. Professor Piccard's balloon preparing for take off surrounded by crowds. LS. Tilt down from balloon to basket preparing for take off. WS. Balloon bumping along as it attempts to get off the ground.

    Tilbury Docks & Southend: Fleet searchlight display at Southend, Essex. Sir Stephen Killik Lord Mayor of London and his aldermen in ceremonial uniform boarding the destroyer "Sturdy" at Tilbury. WS. As the "Sturdy" steams alongside HMS "Nelson" Flag ship of the home fleet in Southend. WS Sir Stephen who is also the Admiral of the Port of London climbs the gangway to the "Nelson" WS. The guns of the "Nelson" revolve and are raised to salute the Lord Mayor.

    MS. Sir Stephen inspecting the ship with Admiral Lord Cork Commander in Chief. WS. Showing other ships of the fleet. LS. On deck of the ship illuminated with lots of small bulbs. LS. The guns and the bridge decorated with bulbs. WS. Another shot of the guns and bridge. WS. Guns at dusk with bulbs on. WS. Another gun. LS. Searchlight at night. LS. Searchlights being panned across the night sky. WS. Night a Battleship outlined in lights pan to see other ships in the fleet also lit up like Christmas trees. LS. Lights at night.

    Note: There are two Piccards - Jean and Auguste. They are identical twins so it is possible to confuse them in some records.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:18:12:00 / 01:21:31:00

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