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Lt. General Jan Smuts attends unveiling and christening of a DH9 (or R.E.8) biplane "South Africa" during World War I.

Visit of Lieutenant General Jan Christiaan Smuts and his entourage at the Hendon airfield on the outskirts of London England, during World War 1, where dignitaries and spectators are gathered to attend the unveiling and christening of a De Havilland DH9 aircraft, named "South Africa." (Note: The plane also resembles a Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8. Position of pilot cockpit does not match a DH9 making identity uncertain). The aircraft was subscribed for by members of the London Chamber of Commerce, and presented as a gift to South Africa through the Imperial Air Fleet Committee. Lifelong South African Lt. General Smuts with other dignitaries viewing the aircraft, including Lord Desborough who was President of the London Chamber of Commerce and the Imperial Air Fleet Committee. Mrs William Schreiner, the Marchioness of Winchester, stands with flowers in her hand and christens the aircraft. General Smuts talks to the dignitaries as they present the aircraft to honor and thank South Africa for its contribution to the war effort. Pilot Captain B.C. Hucks, dressed in heavy flight suit climbs aboard the airplane, which displays the name "South Africa," on its nose. The aircraft takes off and flies overhead. Scene changes to the Christening ceremony, in which Mrs. Schreiner christens the "South Africa." She is seen tapping its propeller with a small mallet. Closeup of the DH9 "South Africa". Others present at the event included Sir David Henderson, Lord Aberconway, Lord Glenconner, Sir Owen Phillip, Sir T. Vezey Strong, Lionel Martin, Faithfull Begg, Stanley Machin, Albert Sytner, Alfred Docker, John Cockburn, Algernon Firth, Sir J. W. Teverner, Harry Wilson, Robert Hadfield, Generals Branckner and Caddell, Maj Van der Spuy, Major Lord Roberts Innes Kerr, Capt Hambro, Capt Wilkinson, Capt Hucks, Captains Turner, Lyons, and Hope; John Cates, C.J. Fairfax Scott, Charles Musgrave.

Date: 1917, May 5
Duration: 2 min 29 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Brief montage of moving images from early 20th Century Women's suffrage and equal rights movement in Great Britain.

Scene opens showing the statue of British Women's suffrage movement leader, Emmeline Pankhurst, located in Victoria Tower Gardens next to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster. (This was erected in her memory, in 1930, two years after her death.) A World War 1 parade of women in clothing of religious orders; nurses; some military; and academics. One group carries a banner reading "Demonstrate-Trained Nurses." It also depicts What appears to be an Angel of Mercy and an appeal to buy war bonds. They are followed by women carrying a large British Union Jack, and by others, in academic garb, carrying banners of academic institutions. (This march was probably organized by the "Women's Party," the 1917 group founded by the Panghursts' to replace their "Women's Social and Political Union." The new Party emphasized support for the British war effort.) Scene shifts to suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst viewed from camera behind her right shoulder as she addresses a large crowd. She is standing on a roofed platform in a park-like setting. The audience is mostly civilian, but a soldier is seen here or there. Several London Bobbies are in the audience, close to the speaker's stand. The next scene shows pedestrians gathered near Buckingham Palace, in London. A number of Bobbies (London policemen) are present, some on foot and some on horseback. The Queen Victoria monument is visible in the background. A horse-drawn carriage passes in front of the camera. Next, a woman is seen being arrested by two Bobbies, as passersby watch. An automobile passes and then the woman and police are seen approaching the camera as more officers become involved, keeping spectators away. In the final scene, in the 1920s, a man standing in front of a large group of women, congratulates one (probably Christabel Pankhurst). Closeup shows, from left to right, the man; a somewhat tired-looking Emmeline Pankhurst; and her daughter, Christabel.

Date: 1915
Duration: 36 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Britain attempts to recover its defensive capabilities following equipment losses in the evacuation at Dunkirk, France, in World War II

Opening scene shows a cathedral and houses near the English Channel coast in World War 2. German troops, part of a force of 100 Divisions, are seen advancing through French towns toward the coast. A German army band leads some. Others march through the countryside. Close-up of some ot the marchers, along with a Sd.Kfz.9 Half-Track pulling an artillery field piece. A column of German army trucks raising dust on a French country road and many waiting in line to cross a canal. A covered German halftrack pulling a covered trailer across a partially collapsed bridge. View from a moving railroad train with German troops and one manning an MG-08 machine gun on an open flat car. German soldiers in a "bucket brigade" passing cargo, including jerry cans, being off-loaded from a German Junkers Ju-52 transport plane at a grass airfield in France. A German Krupp K5 railway gun being run up an elevated rail. Imaginative animated map showing Nazi-dominated Europe in contrast to the British Isles. British troops marching. Change of scene to the beachhead at Dunkirk, France, during the mass evacuation of British forces ahead of approaching German armies. View from a British Destroyer of troops wading out through the water towards it. Close-up of two British soldiers being pulled from the water onto a boat, by two men in fowl weather gear. In skies above, British and German aircraft are engaged in aerial dogfights. A British Destroyer filled with soldiers evacuated from Dunkirk. Vickers/Maxim Octuple QF 2-pounder Mark VIII guns being fired by a British warship. British soldiers, some covered with oil, on the deck of a destroyer. Scene shifts to armor and weapons abandoned by the retreating British forces, including trucks, tanks, anti-aircraft guns and armored cars. Scene shifts to England where rescued soldiers begin ascending a gangway from the crowded deck of a warship to a pier above. Smiling British soldiers relaxing as they arrive on a pier. Many rescued soldiers getting organized on land. Narrator mentions that the losses of war materiel leave Britain short of its needs. Soldiers standing around a British Infantry Tank Mk.III Valentine. Soldiers manning a coastal defense machine gun position. Views of the British English Channel coastline. A British battleship (or Battle Cruiser) showing two forward triple gun turrets, is seen underway, ahead of an aircraft carrier. Silhouetted distance views of several British destroyers, and closer view on one escorting a supply shiip. (Narrator notes the British navy was absorbed in protecting supply lines all over the globe.) Animated map illustrates the overwhelming superiority of German Air Forces directed against Britain. view of British airfield displaying flag with Union Jack and RAF roundel. Several RAF personnel stand around an Avro Anson twin engine airplane, parked on the ramp. Several Supermarine Spitfire aircraft are seen parked on an airfield. Close-up of two flying in formation. View of St. Paul's Cathedral in the heart of London, England. British people are seen in a city and at home engaged in ordinary activities, scrubbing floors, chatting over drinks at a Pub, and waiting on a customer in a lady's shop. A farmer tends sheep in a field next to a church, where he converses with the Vicar. A baby crawls across pavement to his mother who reaches out from a doorway. New recruits in uniform mingle with people on a sidewalk. Mature women in uniform walk along with British Army officers in uniform. British sailor and an officer walk past the camera. A boy and older men at work in a field. Four businessmen dressed in civilian clothes are next seen in military uniforms, shouldering rifles. Home Guard civilians carrying rifles are trained in close order drills on a lawn. A home guard man points to a drawing of a tank as he asks a question during an outdoor training session. Recruits watch demonstrations with Browning M1917 water-cooled machine gun, and hand grenade launcher on Enfield rifle. A recruit takes his turn firing a single round (to save ammunition) from a Thompson M1921 submachine gun. He hands the weapon back to the instructor and returns to his place.

Date: 1940
Duration: 3 min 15 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
United States soldiers cross the Atlantic Ocean in Navy transport ships and reach France and England, during World War I.

American soldiers reach France and other European nations crossing the Atlantic Ocean during World War I. Soldiers of American Army march on Fifth Avenue in New York City and then seen boarding troop transport ships bound for France. Thousands of American soldiers crowded onto ships and transported to Europe. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson seen drawing the first draft number for World War 1 draftees in the U.S. military. Vice President Thomas Marshall seen drawing the second draft number. U.S. Navy ships and soldiers aboard during their voyage to Europe. View of female Red Cross nurses and YMCA workers posed in groups for the camera aboard ships. Soldiers in chow line receive a meal and eat it below and up on decks. A soldier holds a puppy dog from home and feeds it some of his food. The sailors aboard fire a deck guns and drop depth charges after sighting a torpedo from a German U-boat. A Y-Gun is seen firing TNT depth charges from the centerline deck of a ship to each side. Waves seen crashing over bow of ship in the transport fleet during heavy rough seas. First troops of American soldiers disembark from a transport ship at a harbor in France in June 1917. U.S. soldiers march on streets of Paris. In London, England, American soldiers are seen marching through the streets and the British monarchs and officials including the Queen Mother, King Edward, and Prime Minister Lloyd George review the marching American troops at Buckingham Palace.

Date: 1917
Duration: 4 min 12 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
British air show includes diving of planes, releasing smoke in a pattern and parachute jumping in Hendon.

British pilots perform in an air show . Plane emits smoke while performing a loop.. An autogyro is seen towing a large object. Parachutists jump from three planes flying in formation. The parachutists descend and finally land on ground. in front of spectators. Planes perform in-trail aerobatics in sky. A dirigible is seen in the distance.

Date: 1930, July 7
Duration: 1 min 15 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Friends Relief Committee of London, England providing shipload of food during Russian Revolution to help starving Russians

Shows efforts by the Friends Relief Committee (affiliation of Quakers or Religious Society of Friends, and sometimes known as the Friends War Victims' Relief Committee) in London to provide food to starving Russians during the period of the Russian Revolution and World War I. Men carry boxes of food on carts at a dock. Food supplies are loaded on a ship. Officials stand outside a building and speak to a crowd. An official speaks. The officers stand beside the building. Ship yard workers arrange the food supplies. Sign seen on stack of food boxes beside the docks : "Friends Relief Committee. Head Office 27 Chancery Lane, London WC2. One Of Our Regular Shipments. Over 400 Tons Of Food For Starving Russia." The cargo is loaded onto the ship by crane and men.

Date: 1917
Duration: 2 min 46 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
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