Made in the late 1940s soon after the end of the Second World War . I suspect it was made a general interest documentary rather than to promote any particular viewpoint unless it was loyalty to King George VIth Lionel Marson introduces this film Starts with pretend line up of children. Changing of the Guard in Khaki Guards Depot at Caterham showing a new recruit new recruit and basic training use of metronome and pace stick. . Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Officer training course. 15cwt Bedford MWs only glimpsed fencing boxing rope exercise (assault course) , jeep jumping leaving a jeep at speed and rolling like a parachutist , slow marching, (apparently this was a good way of detecting a drunk soldier!)
Cranwell RAF training, mainly marching. RAF Apprentice training at Halton Bucks including their mascot goat eating a cigarette. Surprisingly there is no mention of the Royal Navy. Instead of moving on to the Services in action the film continues with more unusual occupations of Kings Men starting at The Tower of London Traitors Gate and Tower Warders (Beefeaters) . Parade on Tower Green Governors inspection. Church Parade, Ceremony of the Keys finishing with Last Post at 10pm. St James Palace Yeomen of the Guard.. Marching to the Maundy Service. Chorister Students of the Chapel Royal. . Royal Bargemaster and Swan Keeper with film of Swan Upping. ( Rowing up the River Thames to Henley marking the cygnets to show whether they are the King’s. A marked cygnet becomes a “bird royal.”)
Royal Tournament 1949? at Olympia gymnastic display and the Naval Field Gun Race, (The only Royal Navy content) Parade of the “Toy Soldiers”,
Windsor Castle Parade of the Scots Guards inspected by Duke of Gloucester.
Royal Hospital Chelsea includes a view of the Pensioner/s allotments
The film finishes with Trooping of the Colour. But with all soldiers in khaki. The salute is taken by King George VIth with Princess Elizabeth also mounted.
Of particular interest to anybody who started a Service career around 1950 or to a military historian , or even if you are interested in old traditions or want to get a flavour of the 1ate 1940s Black and White 30 minutes with Sound