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Summary: The various jobs of the Auxiliary Territorial Service.
Description: After opening shots of drill, the introduction of a 'new girl' initiates explanation and film of the ATS's role in driving lorry convoys; similarly a briefing for 'new officers' about their responsibility for the happiness of women in several fields leads into film of ATS as stores clerks, typists, telephonists, cooks, and orderlies, while commentary speaks of generous leave, policy of keeping friends together etc. Film shows women relaxing, having their hair done, playing games, at a dance (a conversation at the dance becomes an explanation of teleprinter use). As a practical demonstration of women's equal standing with men in the army, an AA post is shown ("in action") with ATS in command-post and on rangefinders, men on gun. Film ends with a recruiting appeal.
Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor)
Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Army Film Unit (Production company)
Stewart, Hugh1910-12-142011-05-31 (Production individual)
Verrall, Robert Thomas1916Service Number: 263821. British film editor served with Army Film And Photographic Unit in GB 1939-1946 (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Auxiliary Territorial Service (regiment/service)
Keywords: operations, British military - movement: road (object name)
operations, British military - routine (object name)
propaganda, British - practical: recruitment, Auxiliary Territorial Service (object name)
recreation, British military - casual (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 670 ft; Running time: 7 mins
Notes: Remarks: covers a good area, but the continuity is a little forced - similar idea better managed in AIRWOMAN.
Documentation/associated material: COI file - shotlist, script, synopsis