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    Tanks moving through the streets of London marking start of recruiting campaign.

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    Various shots of three Valentine tanks moving through the streets of London from Mansion House to Trafalgar Square, headed by brass band. This is the start of a nation wide recruiting campaign. Public are seen to look at the tanks and talk to military men in Trafalgar Square - large crowd gathered.

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    Unissued unused
    British Pathe
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:17:24:00 / 01:20:18:00
    UN 292 B

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  1. johngleeson says

    RECRUITING CAMPAIGN STARTED (1940). Note: The 'brass band' heading the parade is actually the regimental band of the Coldstream Guards. They are in Khaki Service Dress rather than their traditional scarlet tunics or winter greatcoats. Guards' bands led many such parades for the duration of the war, and often gave concerts in and around the capital, at such locations as Trafalgar Square and on the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral. A number of the band depicted in the clip would later be killed when a V.1 flying bomb destroyed the Guards' Chapel at Wellington Barracks during a Divine Service held on Sunday June 18th 1944.

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