Title ID 11636Collection ID1519
TitleIncendiary Bomb Demonstration
Date[ca. 1940]
CollectionSydney Bligh
ThemeWartime And Military Case Study The Home Front
KeywordsCivil Defence Fire Services Second World War (1939-1945)
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionSydney Bligh
CameraSydney Bligh
Format16mm Colour Sound
Duration3 min. 12 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details.


This short colour training film shows a demonstration on how to deal with an incendiary bomb. Set alight in a tin roofed shed with hay bales and wooden furniture, the bomb quickly takes hold but is brought under control.


Titles over the opening scenes read: "Incendiary Bomb Demonstration; Method of controlling 1 Kilo electron incendiary bomb used by most countries, by the water method; The Home Office stirrup pump with 30 feet of hose & dual nozzle, spray & jet is being used, operating from an ordinary pail; The jet is for fighting resulting fires. The bomb is fired on impact, surrounding inflammable material catches alight immediately".

A metal roofed shed is shown and inside are straw bales and assorted furniture. An incendiary bomb is alight and begins to set the surroundings on fire. A further intertitle reads: "After 90 seconds the bomb can be approached safely, the instructor now tackles the bomb with the spray". Intertitle: "The spray only must be used on the bomb, incorrect use of jet is shown at intervals, by bursts of incendiary molten material". A man uses a stirrup-pump to spray water over the flames. By soaking the surroundings, the fire is brought under control and then extinguished. Intertitle: The fire is successfully dealt with by this method.


A still from 'Incendiary Bomb Demonstration' (ca. 1940)

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