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Summary: A military training film dramatising three members of the Home Guard discovering German wireless operators and how they dealt with them. The latter half of the film is instructional showing methods of attack and defence, illustrating how an unarmed man can deal effectively with the enemy.
Description: Reel 1: Three Home Guard notice an abandoned house has a light on. Leaving one to guard the back door, the other two investigate why the occupants are not abiding by the blackout. The man in the house insists he is Belgian . While he is out of the room fetching his papers the Home Guard check his jacket and discover he is German. They search the house and find the "Belgian" and two other Germans using a wireless. The Home Guard have no ammunition and begin to fight. They are overcome and killed. The Home Guard at the back door is also disposed of, the sound of planes can be heard, parachutes descend and the Nazis invade.
Reel 2: The faults of the Home Guard's attack are highlighted in a re-showing of the previous scene. The vulnerable points of the body are indicated ie. the fork (genital area), chin, fore and upper arms, back and side of neck, kidneys, base of spine, Adam's apple, shin and the instep. An actor kitted out in German regalia faces an English soldier and all the possible components of unarmed combat are shown in a slow static and detailed manner. Includes - the German helmet as a weapon; bending the little finger back; much attention to the fork; Japanese stranglehold; avoiding punches; defence against rifle/bayonet; dealing with a hold-up from side, rear and front angles (montage) and how to disarm a sentry.
Reel 3:The Handcuff hold; trussing a prisoner up with no less than seven yards of rope. Reiteration of necessity for expertise in unarmed combat both at home and abroad. A dramatisation of English soldiers landing in occupied France to capture a Nazi HQ. Using the principles from the instructional section of reel 2, the Englishmen defend themselves and their country against the Germans; tying up the sentry, taking the German officers prisoner and chalking a "V" for victory on the HQ door. A possible invasion (for that is what the Germans had been discussing prior to capture) prevented by unarmed combat techniques.
Production Details: Army Kinematograph Service (Production sponsor)
British Foundation Pictures (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
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: 3
Footage: 2409 ft; Running time: 27 mins
Notes: Summary: Captain (wearing glasses, "tall, lean in face and body") demonstrating in Reel 2 is William "Dan" Fairbairn, identified in 2004 by Major R F Hall, who was trained by him in February 1941 at Inverailort. Fairbairn's syllabus for unarmed combat for the Commandos and SOE, based on lessons learned as a Police Officer in the Shanghai Municipal Police, was designed to be short, deadly and effective. In 1942 he left to assist the Americans with similar training. (See "World War 2 Unarmed Combat", by David Lee, in The Globe and Laurel, Sept/Oct 2002, p 1)