War Weapons Week 1942 (clip 1)
Wartime drills and testing of equipment
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In this clip we see a variety of drills and demonstrations by civil and military defence units. A tear gas canister is detonated while men look on in gas masks. A fire is shown being extinguished by a group of men and women before further tests are carried out on the use of the hose equipment. We see a brief shot of members of the public wearing gas masks. The final section of the clip concentrates on drills for carrying injured persons. We see a guardsman carried to a medical facility as well as simulations of conscious and unconscious people being lifted.
Questions & Activities
- What does GIS and ARP stand for?
- What is happening in this clip?
- What is tear gas and what was it used for? How does it affect people?
- What was happening in 1942 in the war?
- Why was this film made? If it was a recruitment film - how would it work?
- Where are the women in this film and what roles did they play during the war?
- Why were they afraid of a gas attack?
- Why are the helmets different colours - what was the hierarchy involved in this?
- What have they got in their bags?
- What was War Weapons Week?
Media Studies / Moving Image Education: Add a voiceover to explain what is happening in the clip.
Media Studies / English: Make a list of the key visual clues that you might need research to find out what the film is about.
Moving Image Education / Drama: Create different voiceovers to present the film in different ways, i.e. recruitment, training or public information, or comedy Dad's Army) etc.
History / WWII: Research the different roles of GIS, ARP and FAP - what was their contribution to the war?
History / English: Speak to someone you know who was alive during the war. Interview them about what life was like during the war.
English: Imagine you are a child in 1942 - write a diary entry.
English / History / German / Languages: Imagine you a German spy who has infiltrated this group. Write a report back to your superiors. Write in German.
Social Studies: What type of emergency or disaster is likely to happen in your area? What contingencies have been put into place? (eg. flooding)
Media Studies: Compare and contrast with Dad's Army.
|Resource Rights Holder||Courtesy of the Conway family|
|School Subject||Media Studies, English, Drama, Moving Image Education, History, Social Studies, German|
|Subject Matter||World War 2|
|Who||Ewen Jeen (filmmaker)|
|Where||Thorn Park, Bearsden|