• Short Summary

    British paratroopers in training and on mass jump from bombers.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Special Presentation - Paratroops".

    Location of events unknown.

    Ground to air shots of a mass parachute drop. C/U of a parachutist landing. C/U, taken from aircraft, of parachutists diving out of the door. M/S of parachutists landing. Ground to air M/Ss of German parachutists leaving three Junkers Ju. 52 transport planes. Ground to air L/S of American parachutists leaving an American biplane. C/U of a parachutist jumping, pan with him as he hurtles towards the ground. Air to air M/S of parachutists falling.

    Ground to air L/Ss of a flypast of fighters. C/U of British army paratroops regiment's insignia. M/S of British parachutists drilling. M/S of the men doing physical exercises. Various shots of the men doing gymnastics and unarmed combat training. M/S of the men jumping from a 10 foot platform. Various shots of the men jumping through a hatch in a model of an aeroplane fuselage. M/S of a soldier swinging from a parachute harness which is hanging inside a hangar. Various shots of a man packing a parachute. C/U of man signing a log book after receiving his 'chute.

    L/S of barrage balloon. Various shots of trainee paratroopers putting on parachute packs and climbing into a gondola strung underneath the balloon. Various shots of the paratroopers baling out of the gondola, the camera pans down with each man until he lands M/S of men in barracks putting on parachutes. Various shots of men entering a Whitley bomber. Good shot of the interior of the aircraft with the men entering on the right of the frame. Good shot of the last men climbing into the plane, exterior a soldier then closes the door and the bomber takes off. L/S of the Whitley taking off.

    L/S from the ground of the bomber in flight. Various shots of parachutists baling out of plane, camera pans with some of them. Good aerial shot of three parachutists floating towards the earth, fields are visible below. L/S of paratroopers men landing. Pan along a line of Whitleys on ground. Panning shot follows a parachutist as he checks the harness of a group of men before take off, with bomber in background. Various shots of men climbing aboard a bomber. L/Ss of Whitleys taking off.

    C/U of pilot. Various C/Us of the parachutists as they sit in the fuselage awaiting the time to jump. Aerial shot of the countryside. C/U of parachutist looking at the warning light. C/U of the pilot. C/U of the warning light which is flashing. The top part of warning light stops flashing and the lower light starts indicating that it is time to jump. Various air to air shots of parachutists and supplies leaving aircraft in a mass jump. Good shots of about a hundred parachutes falling en masse. L/S of the parachutists landing.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:54:07:00 / 02:01:13:00

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