Documentary about events of 1939 - preparations for war and then hostilities break out.
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01:49:11 VS Duke of Windsor (formerly Prince of Wales, King Edward VIII) inspecting French troops on the Maginot Line. MS Winston Churchill arriving by car at the front in France. Various shots of British troops collecting their foods and then taking it outside the cookhouse to eat it, where they are talking to some French troops. MS English troops travelling along French lanes with French civilians waving to them.
01:50:05 GV of the Forth bridge in Scotland. VS anti-aircraft guns on the Firth of Forth firing at attacking German bombers. VS wreckage of a German bomber lying in a field with crowds around looking at plane. MS RAF loading leaflets into bomber for flight over Germany. VS Unity Mitford as she is carried on stretcher across quay at Dover and put into ambulance.
01:51:00 GV Russian river in winter (re: Russo-Finnish War). CU Picture of Joseph Stalin, lying in snow. VS corpses of Russian soldiers lying in the snow beside their ruined vehicles after they had been beaten by the Finnish army.
01:51:19 VS Warship - Graf Spee in harbour in Montevideo. VS burial of German seamen, killed in the battle of the River Plate, Captain Langsdorf watching the funeral. VS Graf Spee burning after being scuttled off Montevideo. VS of sailors from Graf Spee with Captain.
01:52:28 VS of French troops manning partially flooded trenches on the German / French border. VS meeting between Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler at the railway station on the Brenner Pass. VS German troops marching and cavalry moving up. VS French frontline troops occupying the forward trenches waiting with their weapons ready for the German attack.
01:54:01 End of Programme Credits.
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