This late 1930s-early 1940s black-and-white WWII British military training film (B.191 C.191) shows segments focusing on “shooting to kill” using a Bren, rifle, anti-tank rifle, or Tommy gun, which are shown (:15-1:24). Bren and Rifle. A demonstration of when to fire with the Bren and rifle is given. Troops wait in a trench. A Range Card is shown. Enemy troops emerge from the trees. Troops fire before the enemy is within range and a shell is fired at the troops. The scene is re-enacted. The Corporal checks his Range Card to give the signal when the enemy is close enough to kill (1:25-8:04). Anti-tank rifle. Multiple tanks move past the camera. An anti-tank rifle is shown. An officer uses a pointer to explain the angle of impact needed to penetrate a German tank. A soldier with an anti-tank gun is camouflaged by surrounding bushes. A fellow soldier uses binoculars to spot a moving tank. Firing too soon gives their position away. The scene is reenacted. By waiting, three shots pierce the tank’s side and it smokes (8:05-13:35). The Tommy Gun. The Thompson submachine gun is shown against a backdrop of war footage. The patrol leader, holding a Tommy gun, walks past a brick building. He hides, signaling that enemy troops are walking up the road. Firing too soon, he is killed. The re-enactment shows the Corporal waiting to fire until the enemy is within range, killing five enemy soldiers (13:36-17:19). Firing against German Planes. A soldier uses a rifle to successfully fire against a German plane as sights are set at 500 yards. A soldier uses a Bren gun to fire against an airplane. A platoon marches. A soldier blows a whistle to take cover as enemy planes are spotted. The soldiers fire when the planes are too high, making themselves targets. A German plane crashes and dark smoke rises, brought down by a platoon who waited for the plane to dive. A Bren gun is used to shot too soon at an enemy plane, resulting in bombs being dropped on the platoon. The re-enactment shows the enemy plane seeing tracks and turning to drop bombs. The soldier waits to fire. The burning plane wreck is shown (17:18-23:42). In the Attack. Offensively, a diagram of the area shows German and British positions. The attacking soldiers fire too soon, resulting in death. The re-enacted situation shows them waiting until the enemy soldiers are close enough to kill (23:43-28:41). The Anti-Tank Two-Pounder. The Ordnance QF-2 pounder gun is shown. A single sentry and over-ambitious troops fire a visible anti-tank two-pounder too soon at approaching enemy tanks. The re-enactment shows a heavily camouflaged 2-pounder and troops who wait to fire. The Corporal makes nine chalk marks celebrating success (28:42-32:21). Recap. The four weapons are used as troops wait to fire in each scenario. The motto of “hold your fire and shoot to kill” is emphasized (32:22-34:43).We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!See something interesting?Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference."This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD, 2k and 4k. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
November 11, 2021 Subject:
Awfully misleading film with the aim to increase the morons.... er... I mean, the moral of British troops.
A laughable attempt to convince gullible troops into how easy it was to defeat "the Gerries" thanks to having the best "weapons in the world" while failing to mention "The Gerries" had better weapons like for example "the field sweeper" MG-42 machine gun with a crazy high rate of fire.
It gives such awful advice as to fire a Lee-Enfield bolt action rifle at airplanes, yep, you read that right, not even with the full auto fire of a Bren gun would be feasible to disable a plane, no matter how low or slow was flying over.
Shameful attempt that shows how low a government would go to fool its troops with ill intentioned propaganda.