Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, and members of the Royal family, visit the British industries fair, in Birmingham, England. They are shown a miniature model of the Queen's coronation chair. Prince Richard (Richard Alexander Walter George), and Prince William (William Henry Andrew Frederick), the sons of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, are seen viewing mechanical models of cars. Sir Miles Thomas, Chairman of British Overseas Airways greets the Royal guests and shows them a model of comet jet liner, the world's fastest.
1956 Royal Film Performance at the Empire Theatre in Leicester Square, London, England (of the motion picture, "The Battle of the River Plate"). British and U.S. stars arriving for the event. Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe (Miller) accompanied by her husband, playwright, Arthur Miller, pass through the foyer. Also seen is actress Joan Crawford, with an escort. Queen Elizabeth II arrives followed by Princess Margaret. Reginald Bromhead, chairman of the Cinematograph Trade Benevolent Fund, introduces Queen Elizabeth II of England to stars, including Marilyn Monroe with Victor Mature standing on her left. A grandson of Mr Bromhead offers flowers to the Queen.
Scene of dome shaped kiosks named Air Raid Shelters in Birmingham, England. A woman enters inside. Man closing gate of kiosk. A bomb explodes and then woman come out of the kiosk. Winston Churchill with other officials watching. People going near the kiosks.
World War 2 activities of the British in Great Britain. Industrial areas in Britain with opening shot of steel mill area, heaps of coal, and smoke pollution pouring from industrial stacks. An advertisement shows old country towns in Southern England. Other advertisements show Dunkeld Cathedral and a country vacation in Southern California. The countryside with bucolic fields and pasture scenes in view. Cattle grazing in a field. Exterior wide view of steel mills of Sheffield. A village with a flowing stream. Old castles in England. A shipyard on the River Clyde with ships anchored. Old cathedrals. Industrial cities of Birmingham, Glasgow, and Manchester are shown with aerial and elevated views of industrial stacks and smoke from industry. A train passes by an industrial plan in Leeds. Interior views of a small war materiel munitions factory in which British men work making war ammunition, shells, and ordnance.
Paratroopers of the U.S. 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, at RAF Station, Greenham Common, proceed, in full battle gear, to board C-47 aircraft for their flight to Normandy, France, on June 5, 1944, during World War 2. Camouflage is seen on their helmets and their faces are blackened. One group is seen boarding C-47, tail number 43-15296. An officer reads briefing notes to them.They don life vests. A Captain and two Sergeants discuss briefing notes.Paratroopers help others who have difficulty climbing aboard the aircraft because of their heavy and ungainly equipment. Ninth Air Force Commander, Lieutenant General Louis H. Brereton speaks to Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel Louis R. Goodrich, and shakes hands with some of the troopers, wishing them well, as they board C-47 number 42-92847, named, "That's All...Brother."(This was the lead aircraft for the airdrop, just behind the C-47s dropping pathfinders. It was piloted by the commander of the 438th Troop Carrier Group, Colonel John Donalson, and 87th Troop Carrier Squadron Commander, Lieutenant Colonel David Daniel.) The C-47s taxi out for takeoff, as senior officers watch them depart. (Note: There has been confusion about the name of the lead aircraft, C-47, 42-92847, because Colonel Donalson normally flew one named "Belle of Birmingham. " Research, including information from his daughter, indicate that he chose 42-92847, as lead aircraft, because it would have to be cut open to accommodate SCR 717C radar equipment, and he didn't want that done to his favorite airplane.)
Sherman Medium M4 Tank Duplex Drive. The Sherman DD- A report to the Commanding General, European Theater of Operations. Sherman Duplex Drive (DD) in water. Four soldiers on Sherman. Sherman covered with canvas. Technician at Metropolitan Cammel Midlands factory works on the Sherman. Gauges on tank. Machines on tank. Canvas side wall goes up. Technician puts struts into place. The canvas expands. He pushes a lever and the canvas goes down. Barrel of artillery visible. He turns its barrel.
(Note: filmed at Metropolitan Cammel Midlands factory, Birmingham, England who built and designed the DD equipment to be fitted to U.S. built Sherman tanks. As it is a prototype, the air controls are not in the same place as on production machines.)