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German Spy Peril

Inventive WWI propaganda in which a rejected volunteer foils a German plot to blow up Parliament.

War 1914 7 mins Silent


This is an inspired piece of propaganda, drawing parallels with the gunpowder plot and referencing the surge in patriotic enlistment to the armed forces. The hero, barred from enlisting on health grounds, overhears German spies planning to blow up the Houses of Parliament, and vows to stop them. Shots of Big Ben counting down the minutes and standing after the explosion add dramatic tension.