• Short Summary

    Footage of Poland's military preparations for war.

  • Description

    Full titles read: "PATHE GAZETTE SPECIAL - POLISH ARMY MANOEUVRES"

    Various shots Polish army parade through town including cavalry and tanks (Poland). L/S of ground to air, Polish air force fly past. Various shots, Polish cavalry on manoeuvres, crossing river with pontoons. L/S of Polish tanks moving across fields. M/S of armoured train, it halts and troops jump out. Various shots, Polish troops and tanks in realistic mock attack across open country. (Good scenes - poor quality). L/S Troops advancing using flame throwers.

    Cataloguer's note: Good footage of Poland's preparations leading up to the outbreak of the Second World War.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1021.16
    Media URN:
    20404
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    17/08/1939
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:15:46:00 / 01:18:54:00
    Canister:
    39/66

Comments (1)

  1. Jpoisson97 says

    It appears to me that these Poles are using a couple of German Wechselapparat M.1917 flamethrowers near the end of the film. I only recognize them due to my knowledge of WWI Stormtrooper tactics and images of the weapon. Very unique seeing a weapon very rarely ever filmed being used years after the Great War. I've only heard mention of them being used by Finland for a short time into the 1920's but I'm still unsure of it.

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