Ulster at Arms

Details

Location

Various

Year

1944

Source

Imperial War Museum

Format

35mm, film

black and white

Length

06min 47sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

Imperial War Museum

Rights Holder

Imperial War Museum

It is illegal to download, copy, print or otherwise utilise in any other form this material, without written consent from the copyright holder.

Description

This film looks at Northern Ireland's contribution to the Allied war effort.

Notes

The significance of Northern Ireland's role in World War II was highlighted by Winston Churchill who, in a 1943 letter to J.M. Andrews - the recently resigned Prime Minister of Northern Ireland - stated, '(but) for the loyalty of Northern Ireland... we should have been confronted with slavery and death, and the light which now shines so strongly throughout the world would have been quenched'. Although the film places great emphasis upon the efforts of the factory workers, particularly female workers, we do not get to hear their voices. Instead the narrator - a middle-class, English voice-over - speaks on their behalf. The film also provides strong support for the Unionist position in Northern Ireland.

Shot List

This film looks at the following areas of industry - dairy farming, incendiary devices, eggs, flax spinning for parachutes, aircraft factory, shirt making for the forces, plane factory, heavy industry particularly the gun room at Shorts, gun and shell production, and shipbuilding. It also features an exterior of Stormont.

Credits

Produced by Warwork News, part of British Paramount News.