Film ID:
YFA 2299



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During the Second World War, the village of Chapeltown, located near Sheffield, was home to an anti-aircraft gun site.  This is a film made by Chapeltown dentist Willie Thorne that documents some of the work of the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service at the site and includes exercises and training with the anti-aircraft gun.  

The film opens with the ATS marching down a village street in Chapeltown.  In the background propaganda posters hang on sides of the buildings.  One asks women to join the ATS, and another promotes the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign. 

The film then shows the gun site at Hunshelf.  A woman in uniform stands at the sentry post while another two women come out of the barrack huts behind the post to change guard.

Filmed in black and white, the ATS is on exercises at the site.  Then filmed again in colour, the women run through trenches up to the guns and viewing equipment that help them spot enemy aircraft.  As they do this, the film shows an aeroplane flying overhead.  

A member of the Royal Artillery, Anti Aircraft Command stands by some barrack huts and blows a bugle.  Then a group of soldiers from the Royal Artillery, Anti Aircraft Command run to a huge anti-aircraft gun and manoeuvre it into position as if they were going to shoot a plane down.  Once the exercise has been completed, they all get onto the gun and pose for the camera. 

In the mess hall, some of the ATS cook and serve a roast dinner to their colleagues.  Outside, three women work on the maintenance of military trucks.  There is also a baseball match, possibly with some American GI’s who were based in the village.  This takes place before the film closes with the men and women posing for the camera.