ANTI-GAS PRECAUTIONS IN GLASGOW

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Air Raid Precautions van arrives in a tenement back-court and people wearing respirators and gas-proof suits lay de-contaminant powder on the area where the gas canister landed. (clip)

Video 2

Gas Identification and Decontamination Squad identify Mustard Gas and treat the streets and surroundings with a chemical (possibly soda ash or lime) to neutralise the deposits - prior to the all-clear being sounded. (clip)

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  • Glasgow

Subjects:

  • War

Genres:

  • Instructional

Decade:

  • 1940s

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Title: ANTI-GAS PRECAUTIONS IN GLASGOW

Reference number: 0157

Date: 1942c

Director: [filmed by B.H. Humble]

Sponsor: Glasgow Civil Defence Emergency Committee

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 10.00 mins

Description: Emergency services are seen in action as the alarm is raised for a gas raid.

Series of five surviving out of six films made in 1942 to demonstrate civil defence procedures of all kinds and the organisations involved. See also ref. 0156 CIVIL DEFENCE IN GLASGOW for remaining parts.

Humble papers deposited in National Library of Scotland. Further information can be found at http://tinyurl.com/q82jgo6 [last accessed 27/11/2015]

See also biography "The Voice of the Hills: The Story of Ben Humble" by Roy M. Humble. Additional information file also held at National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive.

See also ref. 5999 for further anti-gas precaution footage.

Credits: Presented by Glasgow Civil Defence Emergency Committee.

Shotlist: credits (.06) raising alarm on gas raid and donning masks. Warden directs civilians to shelters and attends to minor burns received. Cyclists carry messges to HQ and the emergency services swing into action. Civilians are seen being treated for contamination in specially set-up centre. Clothes are removed and each person goes through a series of cleansing stages (4.13) Gas Identification and Decontamination Squad arrives at the scene of the attack. They identify the type of gas by laboratory tests at Mustard Gas and treat the streets and surroundings with chemical to neutralise the deposits. The squad moves off and the all-clear is sounded.