|Title ID||8992||Collection ID||561|
|Title||[Air Display; Gun and Combat Training]|
|Theme||Wartime And Military|
|Keywords||Aircraft Armed Forces Men Uniforms|
|Format||16mm Black & White Silent|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
This short edited film shows RAF pilots and ground infantry undergoing training exercises and parade drills. Five pilots from 43 (F) squadron fly Hawker Fury Mk1's in formation, followed by a large group of RAF officers on parade outside a building dressed in full uniform. In the final section a small group of soldiers undertake bayonet and hand-to hand-combat training in a field.
This film opens with five pilots from 43(F) squadron flying Hawker Fury Mk1 aircraft in formation (unknown location - possibly continuation of air display or practice from 1936/1937??)
In the next section, a large group of RAF(?) officers are on parade outside a building on a crescent street/ road dressed in full uniform including overcoats. The same shot is seen three times, as the camera moves down the line of soldiers on the street. The group then march around the street whilst a small child watches from outside one of the houses possibly officer homes on an air-base or barracks (Stoughton?).
In the final film a small group of soldiers undertake bayonet and hand-to hand-combat training in a field. The men use sandbags as a 'target' and attack them with bayonets attached to their riffles. All are dressed in full combat field uniforms.