Documentary about events of 1939 - preparations for war and then hostilities break out.
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01:41:20 Start of Part Two Titles.
01:41:28 British naval warships in English Channel. Navy inspect ships with goods bound for Germany. Contraband goods are impounded. French reservist soldiers leave their loved ones at railway stations.
01:42:41 Evacuees at railway station. Children getting onto buses. CU blackout covers fitted to car headlights. VS of people carrying gasmasks. VS of hop pickers with gasmasks. VS of people during test wearing masks. CU baby in gas sealed pram.
01:43:45 British troops leaving railway station on train. VS of BEF (British Expeditionary Force) preparing to leave for France. Vehicles lifted onto ships. Troops get on board. Smoke rises from bombed Poland. VS of bomb damage. Polish army tramp along road. German warship "Schleswig Holstein" fires on Danzig.
01:45:47 VS Adolf Hitler with Heinrich Himmler arriving outside Warsaw, watching the Blitzkrieg. AV Smashed city taken from Stuka. VS Polish officers signing the surrender of the city of Warsaw. VS German troops into Warsaw and of Polish prisoners marching out.
01:47:47 Various shots of damage around the station of Apach on the French/German frontier, also showing telephone wires pulled down which formerly connected the two countries. GV Smashed bridge that formerly connected France and Germany. CU French officer using binoculars. VS of French troops in defences. VS of British troops marching into the Maginot line defences and strengthening their section of the concrete defences.
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