• Short Summary

    The French army demonstrate their manoeuvres at the Maginot Line.

  • Description

    Item title reads - France's Wall of Steel. Exercises on the Maginot Line.

    The French army prepare for an attack from the East. France.

    M/S of a map showing the Maginot line which has been built from Switzerland to the North Sea. C/U profile of bugler blowing wake up call. L/S of soldiers emerging from barracks in Metz, they run into line. M/S of a horn blowing far below. A soldier opens the door to the sleeping quarters and the garrison of men get up. Various shots as they take rifles and make their way out.

    M/S as they run through wooded undergrowth to forts. Various shots of them running down and entering the catacombs where a train takes them to their battle stations. Various shots as the train sets off. Various shots of electric dynamos and air pumps as well as the generators which provide power for the kitchen.

    Various shots of magazines where shells are taken and swung along to a lift where they are raised to the gun turrets. Various shots as a man takes missiles off a rack and starts to load them. Various shots as the prepare and look out of the muzzles which protrude from the steel domes on the surface. Various shots of the telephone exchange where officers give orders and plot moves on big maps. Various shots as men point their rifles out of the watchtowers. Various shots as the big guns begin to fire, various shots of the explosions they cause.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:09:34:00 / 01:12:41:00

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