Footage of children being evacuated at outbreak of war and European countries preparing for the war.
Full titles read: "WAR !"
Various good shots of children being evacuated by bus trams and trains. M/S of children in foreground at Garden Close SW9. M/Ss of children arriving at houses in the country. Good C/U of Pope Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli). M/S of King Leopold of Belgium. C/U of American President Franklin D(elano) Roosevelt. M/S of Queen Wilhelmina in carriage with Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard. L/S of Squadron of fighter planes taking off. L/S's of cargo ships being unloaded at docks. C/U of notice announcing the closure of the Stock Exchange.
L/S of City Street. C/U of sign: "Throgmorton Street". L/S's of businessmen in city streets. Various shots of Cabinet Ministers arriving at No. 10 Downing street, London. M/S of Polish Ambassador leaving No. 10. M/S of German Ambassador leaving No. 10. M/Ss of King George VI arriving and leaving No. 10. M/S of Mr and Mrs Neville Chamberlain leaving No.10. L/S Big Ben pan to crowds in street watching cars arriving at Commons for debate.
Various library footage of the Nazi occupation of the Saar in 1935, German troops marching into Austria, troops entering Czechoslovakia and shots of the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain with Edouard Daladier, Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. Various shots of Dutch people looking at mobilisation notices in the streets. C/U of mobilisation notice. M/S of Window of Dutch grocers shop full of cheeses. L/S's of Dutch warships in dock. M/S of French sailor kissing wife or girlfriend.
M/S of two elderly ladies waving as ship departs. L/Ss of troops marching (Polish ?). L/Ss of fighter planes flying over in formation. L/S of soldiers marching. L/S's of small flying boat being launched from the deck of a warship. Several good shots of the French Fleet on manoeuvres.