Great Britain starts conscription in preparation for World War II. The Prime Minister of United Kingdom Stanley Bladwin at 10 Downing Street in London. Londoners read posters and conscription advertisements on a sidewalk. Conscription of youth between 20 and 21 for immediate military training. A crowd of young Britishers leaves a building after conscription. British troops march in the countryside. United Kingdom's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrive at a military station. They are accompanied by several military officers. The King and Queen inspect London's new balloon barrages, the defense against attack from the air. Two balloon barrages on display. The royal couple depart after the inspection.
In the tense two weeks before Britain's declaration of war against Germany in World War 2, (occuring on September 3, 1939) the Evening Standard Newspaper of August 21, 1939 reports that the Premier sees the King; the Cabinet is to meet; Members of Parliament assemble to hear Chamberlain speak; and the Pope will broadcast peace pleas. Londoners are seen gathered in the areas around the Houses of Parliament. A woman carries a placard reading "Churchill." (She pushes it in front of the camera.) Rolls Royce limousines carrying cabinet ministers enter gates at Parliament courtyard. Bobbies contain peaceful crowds without difficulty. Occupants of one limousine are dressed in Arabian garb. Newspaper vendor displays headlines of Evening Standard reading: "Britons told to leave Germany."
Cars carrying dignitaries continue into the Parliament courtyard. Several photographers snap photos as the cars pass them. A shot of the Elizabeth Tower at the north end of the Houses of Parliament, with the Great Clock clearly visible. The tower, clock and great bell (Big Ben) are often collectively referred to as"Big Ben." Routine busy commercial traffic moving on the street past Parliament. View from a high vantage point of double-decker buses moving past the Parliament courtyard, where crowd stands by the fence. Another official car enters the courtyard.
An Allied propaganda film to solidify Anglo-American solidarity within the ranks as well as to counter Nazi propaganda aimed at weakening the alliance shows British soldiers in Great Britain during World War 2. 1938: in the United States New York Yankees win the pennant in baseball; scene of Yankees team members shaking hands. View of aviator Douglas Corrigan nicknamed Wrong Way Corrigan after his accidental flight from New York to Ireland instead of California as planned. View of trains on the 6th Avenue Elevated (or Sixth Avenue El) before that service was halted in Manhattan New York City. British citizens go about their daily life. Derby horse race in a stadium. A British boy and his father shovel dirt for a backyard garden. Players play a football (soccer) game at Wembley Stadium in England as spectators cheer the 1938 FA Cup Final with Preston North End taking the Cup versus Huddersfield Town as George Mutch scores the winning goal. Scenes in Germany: People cheer for German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and give Nazi salute. Newspaper headlines about Czech occupation. Graves in a cemetery. British Prime Minister Arthur Neville Chamberlain, Adolf Hitler Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini sign the Munich Agreement. Despite a peace agreement Hitler invades Czechoslovakia. People read 'Military Training Act, 1939'. British soldiers march along a road. View of Adolf Hitler smiling and laughing. Artillery is fired. A poster reads 'Britain Declares War on Germany'. Airplanes in flight and drop leaflets over Germany. German airplanes in flight. Parachutists jump from the airplanes. Hitler talks to officers and considers the war to be over. Radio news broadcast of the British declaration of war on Germany by Neville Chamberlain. Many different British citizens and families shown in living rooms and work places gathered around radios to hear the so called "We shall fight on the beaches" speech of Winston Churchill on June 4, 1940.
British women of the "Land Army" at work in agricultural activities in the United Kingdom, during World War II. They wear uniforms consisting of Jersey, breeches, and slouch hat. They handle produce on a conveyor belt in a farm shed, and pack produce in boxes. They tend vegetables growing in raised beds, watering and harvesting. The women pass through an archway and enter a classroom, where an instructor explains the fundamentals of an internal combustion cycle. Women line up on dirt field and pick up potatoes as they are uprooted by a tractor driven by one of the women.
Men catch fish in Omemee, Ontario in Canada. Fishing net is brought up. Fishermen holds a fish, checks it and throws it back into water. Woman on boat catches a fish. Flag of United Kingdom on a boat in the background. People stand on porch of a house. Woman prepares food. People seated at dinning table in a garden to have their meal.
King George and Queen Elizabeth visit disabled soldiers in Edmonton, Alberta. The King and the Queen receive a royal welcome from ex-servicemen as they stop during their tour at the University Hospital. The Queen speaks to the soldiers. A soldier holds a United Kingdom flag in his hand.