British troops in France demonstrate their preparedness

Machine gunners of the Cheshire Regiment pose for the camera, April 1940

There was little activity on the Western Front for propaganda purposes, so most images from the ‘phoney war’ period are blatant publicity shots. The Newsreel from the time now seems desperately optimistic, given subsequent event. The following very brief episode was released on the 1st April, which may not have been entirely coincidental:

Skoblin has many more contemporary Newsreel videos on YouTube.

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