Title ID 8136Collection ID1090
Title[Land Clearance on the Farm]
DateDecember 1939
CollectionArrowsmith Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeWorking Life Rural Life
KeywordsFarming Industry Men Motor Vehicles Rural Areas
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionKathleen Arrowsmith
CameraKathleen Arrowsmith
Format16mm Colour Silent
Duration4 min. 11 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This short colour film shows a man driving a caterpillar tractor pulling down trees to clear a field in preparation for it to be farmed. The men use dry straw as kindling to start fires under the felled trees.


Kathleen Arrowsmith's short colour film, made during the first winter of the Second World War, shows how the task of land clearance was carried out using a "TracTractTor" T20 caterpillar tractor. The machine is used to pull up small trees and bushes, which are then burnt on site.


A still from [Land Clearance on the Farm] (1939)

Contextual information

The can was originally marked 'Cultivating Cripple 1939' which may refer to the name of the field.