STK-ID 40139

Shots of French headlines stating that England declared war on Germany, of French order of mobilization. Shots of soldiers marching past camera, moving along Maginot line tunnel, parading past General. Front shot of muzzle of cannon as it is lowered. Shot of German officers, Hitler studying maps. Shots of field full of French Morane-Saulnier fighters, of an archaic liaison plane, of tanks, armoured cars moving by camera. HAS of huge crowd of excited people in street, flag waving. Shot of French Army troops on parade ground, dissolve to crosses of military cemetery. Series of headlines stating in effect that sanctions have failed, that scandal in French government aired, that riots are rife in Paris. Montage of gun firing, of German communications in action, troops manning their tanks, pilots scrambling, planes taking off, armour moving out of place of concealment, rolling towards Belgium frontier. Shots of German motorized units speeding past camera, tanks moving on Dutch roads, paratroopers in planes, jumping. Several shots taken from nearby planes of paratroopers jumping. Cut to them landing, racing for position. [Titles interspersed]


Excerpt from
German Advance in Belgium
France, Netherlands (Holland)
National Film Board
Available formats
Digital Video Disk, Reel 35 mm, Digital Bétacam
Shooting format
35mm fine grain b&w
Aspect ratio
Available resolutions
720 x 486