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    Prelude to victory including Anthony Eden speech and war pictures

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    England: Anthony Eden Reviews Our Position at the Entrance into the Second Year of the war. Amongst the Audience are the Belgium Ambassador, Sir John Dill, & Dr. Benes. Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London, England General view pan interior of luncheon. Semi view Dr. Benes. Semi view Sir John Dill pan to Mrs. Anthony Eden. Semi view Belgium Ambassador pan to S.M.Bruce. General view Eden getting up to speak. Long view Eden speaking. Semi view Eden speaking.


    General view of luncheon Eden speaking. Semi close up Eden speaks.


    Long view Eden speaking - "Ladies and Gentlemen: In some respects to-day our position is more enviable than in all history. There are times when it is good to stand alone, especially when you know that you are not going to stand alone for very long."

    Semi view Eden speaking: "The Royal Navy and the Merchant Marine, by their command of the seas and by their loyal service, create the conditions in which victory alone is possible. The Royal Air Force, by its splendid gallantry, strikes the prelude to victory." (Applause.)

    GOOD SCENES. Sound Effects: Semi close up Eden speaking: "With the passage of time the fundamental issue has become ever clearer. It is very simple to state we fight for the rights and privileges of free peoples everywhere; for the standards upon which civilization is based; for the equality of all citizens of whatever race or creed before the law; but, above all, for the right of all the nations, great and small, to lead their own lives in liberty and in peace.

    England: Further Pictures of Dog-Fights Over Channel Showing German plane Coming down. Dover, England General view camera positions overlooking harbour... In Roll No. 9908

    General view German planes flying over. Long view German planes flying over. General view dog-fight. Long view plane out of control coming down and crashing in fields - pilot bales out. General view plane on fire. Long view plane on fire. Semi view firemen playing hoses on wreckage. Semi view water makes incendiary bomb sparks fly. Long view burning plane pan up smoke.


    General view wreckage of plane in field, framed by trees etc. in foreground. Semi view wreckage. Close up wreckage. Long view pan wreckage, R.A.F. men inspecting. Semi view and close up machine-gun bullet holes. Long view plane in field burning. Semi view pan burning plane ...

    England: Further Pictures of Dog-Fights Over Channel Dover, England Close up engine burning. General view soldiers removing engine. Long view pan soldiers fuselage, track up to German Iron Cross on fuselage. General view boat at sea with wrecked barrage balloon alongside. General view dog-fight in sky. Long view pan plane diving. General view inspecting engine. General view wrecked plane. Close up Swastika on tail. Semi view German pilot with escort. Close up pan pilot.


    Long view troop ship at sea, soldiers in foreground. General view troops ship at sea soldier in foreground.

    Semi view troop ship steaming in, Semi view sailors waving at mast, pan to other ships alongside.

    Semi view water makes incendiary bomb sparks fly. Long view burning plane pan up smoke.

    U.S.A.: PRELUDE TO VICTORY. Making 16" Guns in America. Watervliet Arsenal, New York, U.S.A. Close up sign "Watervliet Arsenal, Slow." General view showing gun barrels under construction. Close up lowering gun barrel. Long view examining bun barrel. Close up gun barrel in lathe. Close up man climbing out of barrel. Semi view hauling enormous barrel. Angle shot 16" gun towards camera. Long view gun firing. Back. long and back view gun firing.

    Mombasa, East Africa: Pan of sailors washing on deck. Angle shot man pegging out washing. Semi view men resting in hammocks. Close up men reading in hammocks. Semi view man struggling into hammock and falls out. General view South African troops disembarking from troop ship. Semi view troops down gangway carrying kit. Semi close up two natives in fez pan two men down gang-way. General top view men disembarking. Semi close up man disembarking with full kit. General view men on quay with kit. Semi close up pan from one smiling type to another.

    *** ** these sequences below don't appear to be on this story ***
    Uplands, Canada: General view airmen marching past Earl of Athlone who is in military uniform. Semi view Earl of Athlone walking towards camera. Semi view Mackenzie King. Long view two seater Harvard training planes lined up. Semi view showing pilots in Harvared planes. Semi view Harvared planes flying over field.


    U.S.A.: PRELUDE TO VICTORY. New American 500 m.p.h. Fighter. BURBANK, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A. GOOD SCENES. General view Lockheed Lightning plane. Semi view Knudsen and General Arnold. General view press inspecting plane. General view Knudsen and Arnold inspecting plane. Top view Knudsen and Arnold completing inspection.

    Personalities - Politicians; Airforce - Active; Navy - Active; Diplomacy; Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon (1897-1977), British Empire; United States of America; Ships and Boats
    Background: Prelude to victory including Anthony Eden speech and war pictures

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