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Summary: Illustrates the way in which peacetime craftsmanship is used in wartime.
Description: Each sequence shows normal job, wartime adaptation, and wartime need. Examples used: jewellers produce gauges used to measure tank parts; the skill of engraved design by engine turning is used to produce a navigational calculator (Battenberg course indicator); watchmakers produce time fuses for AA shells; a fishing rod maker now makes machine gun parts (film of test-firing BESA mg); a company that made luxury river craft now makes RAF tenders; Mr. Crevin, model engineer, turns from model railways to shell parts; fishermen's skill in net making used for camouflage netting.