Government officials visit the British Expeditionary Forces in France during the "Phoney War" at outset of World War II.
France Date:1939, December Duration:2 min 8 sec Sound:NO SOUND
British Army officer leads British Cabinet officials on tour of the wartime front in France, during December, 1939, in the so-called "Phoney War" at outset of world War 2. A British Naval officer accompanies them. The weather is foggy. Next, a closeup reveals that among the officials is British foreign minister, Lord Halifax (Viscount Halifax). The group converses as they are escorted about the British Expeditionary Force areas of operation. Momentary glimpse of General Alan Francis Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke, Commander of II Corps in the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). Views of extensive fortified trenches, and a sign reading: "Canadian Front Line, 1917." Change of scene shows contingent of Canadian troops marching in a town. Their commanding officer salutes as they pass. Standing with him, is a French officer in battle helmet. Local French civlians watch the troops on parade. More soldiers march past in background, behind the French spectators. Scene shifts again, to the civilian officials being escorted on tour of the area. Camera focuses on the Canadian War Memorial, at Vimy Ridge, and then pans to the touring group arriving there.
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