Germans attack on Allied positions in Dover, England during World War II. German soldiers scan the cliffs of Dover through binoculars. A large coastal gun loaded. Soldiers fire allied positions on the coast. A large coastal gun fired.
Scene of a symbol which demonstrates man's desire for flight. Painting of Leonardo da Vinci. Drawing of Leonardo da Vinci's flying machine. Views of drawings of the attempts of man to fly. Photo of Clement Ader. Drawing of Ader's plane. Still photo of the first powered Wright Brother's plane. Still photo of one of Ader's planes. Photo of Louis Blériot. Gabriel Voisin's photo. Picture of Robert Esnault-Pelterie. Two French designers. Robert Esnault-Pelterie making a test by mounting a glider atop a truck. Gabriel Voisin towing a glider with boats on the Seine River. He stayed airborne for several seconds. Photo of Alberto Santos-Dumont. The plane in which he made several flights. A plane made by Gabriel Voisin "La Bagatelle" which was flown by his brother Charles Voisin. Scene of this flight. Henry Farman seated in plane. Several views depicting the first attempt to fly the English Channel. Three competitors were Count Lambert in a Wright Plane at Wissant, Hubert Lathan in Antionette IV at Sangatte and Louis Bleriot (winner) flying a monoplane of his own design from Los Baraques to Dover. Single of Bleriot's plane. Observers of the flight. The English Channel. The wreckage being salvaged by French boat. Wreckage of plane as it is lifted out of the channel. Wreckage being pulled down streets. Louis Bleriot walking on crutches. Bleriot standing in cockpit of plane prior to, attempting to fly the English Channel at Les Baraques. The takeoff. Observers watching the landing at Dover, England. Two men standing on roof top waving a flag. Field, tent and personnel at Dover, England where the landing was made. English people examining plane after landing. Ship on which Bleriot returned to France. Reception committee greeting him. Street scenes of his reception in Paris.
A film about the residents of Dover in Kent, England at the time of German bombing during World War II. British soldiers fire guns. Women soldiers operate anti aircraft guns. They express confidence as they are interviewed about German aerial attacks on Dover. Damaged hotels and buildings due to German aerial attacks. A Salvation Army band plays in rubbled streets. A British civilian with his daughter is interviewed. Views of antiaircraft guns. The film recounts two years of German aerial attacks on Dover. Nazi bombers in flight. British people walk on a street. A woman living on the front line talks about the life of front line people and shows no fear of German attacks. German bombers are shot down.
British troops evacuating from Dunkirk and arriving in Dover. British home guard civlians march and train. British troops in defensive positions on the cliffs of Dover. Winston Churchill sitting outdoors with Lord Louis Mountbatten . British civilians preparing air raid shelters. British farmers working their fields in August, 1940. They look up at the sound of approaching German bombers. RAF fighter planes intercept German bombers. One seen crashed on the ground. A fallen German aviator. Views of British countryside. Cemetery with crosses marking graves of downed German airmen. Closeup of graves of fliers, Leutnant R.Zehre and Unteroffizier Scheidt, German Air Force, downed on September 27, 1940. Blossoms on fruit trees. Artillery gun firing. Squad of British soldiers runs for cover as explosions occur around them. German Dornier Do 217 bomber in flames overhead. British paratroopers in training drop. Parachutes open. British soldiers charge out of trench as explosion occurs right in front of them in a live fire exercise. British troops firing automatic weapons from cover in brush. British sailors manning landing craft (invasion barges) carrying troops during beach landing exercises. The troops charge ashore as the boats hit the beach. British Able Seaman Fletcher in a landing craft, says in former raids on enemy territory, he had to put the "pungos"(sp?) (soldiers) ashore in a rowing boat. Navy Lieutenant John Lewis mentions several French coastal locations where the landing craft were used. He speaks of taking soldiers on raids and waiting to take them back home again. More scenes of British troops in live fire exercises.
German destroyer patrols along the White Cliffs of Dover. A Nazi Swastika flag on the ship. Pilot at the wheel. A soldier sends semaphore signal. A sign on a cliff reads 'Dover'. Officers and crew on the ship. Sunken ships in the water. A crew member signals from the ship. An Italian submarine at a German port. Officers and crew member on submarine roof. The sub-marine crew salutes passing German vessel. The German soldiers salute in return Soldiers on a ship. White flags on the ship. Soldiers talk, relax, smoke cigarettes and pipes. A picture drawn on the ship side. A ship in rough seas. It cuts through the water as water splashes on the side of the vessel.
British Expeditionary Force commander and Field Marshal, Sir Douglas Haig, debarks from a smaller ship onto a dock in Dover in December 1918, soon after the signing of the armistice ending World War 1. White cliffs of Dover seen briefly in background behind a large ship. Victorious Marshal Haig is met by Vice-Admiral Sir Roger Keyes. A man with a royal mace stands behind the officers. British Royal Navy Guard of Honor band in white helmets plays as Commander Haig and Commander Keyes pass by the assembled forces. Civilians are lined up behind the military forces to welcome home Field Marshal Haig.