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London Fire Brigade Drill
London Fire Brigade's engines bring the streets of London to a standstill as they perform a demonstration for wounded soldiers.
Non-Fiction 1916 1 mins Silent
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This demonstration during WW1 sees fire-fighters scaling the not so insignificant London Fire Brigade's headquarters in Southwark and displaying core apparatus such as detachable ladders and hoses. The Topical Budget cameras, which would distribute these newsreels across the country, only just manage to catch a glimpse of the wounded soldiers that were in attendance.
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Location: Southwark
Celebrate the brave men of the London Fire Brigade during WW1 with this newsreel featuring drills and presentation of medals.
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