Ulster at Arms

Ulster at Arms

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Belfast, Belfast docks, Belfast Harbour, East Belfast, Stormont, Various






06min 47sec




35mm, film

black and white


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


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.


Produced by Warwork News, part of British Paramount News.


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