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Prelude to war in Poland; Polish army; Smigly-Rydz

Film | Accession Number: 2003.214 | RG Number: RG-60.4695 | Film ID: 3043

HAS, Polish army parading through the streets of Warsaw, the cannons are drawn by horses, tanks roll by, men sweeping debris, motorcycle troops: this is a sign/prelude to war. Massive crowds line the parade route. LS, a large number of civilians walking around on a field, there are Polish military regiments lined up along the field, buildings are visible in the distance. All the regiments were rounded up on the field and then marched from the field through Warsaw. MS of dignitaries at the reviewing stand, everyone is wearing top hats, including President Moscicki. HAS, military parade. The parade review stand, dignitaries, both military and civilian, hob-knob with each other, salute and review the marching troops, etc. Good profile shot of Field Marshall Edward Smigly-Rydz, he is flanked by the President and the Catholic official Cardinal Hlond. Soldiers marching. Crowd of young women in traditional dress lining the parade route. A woman is selling flags with the eagle crest insignia of Poland. More regiments march by the review stand while officers salute. Tracking shot of soldiers parading. Polish planes fly over Warsaw as part of the ceremonies. A courtyard, Polish dignitaries and soldiers in uniform, flags, people assembling. Cameramen document Marshall Smigly-Rydz (in profile). HAS, two men walk on the red carpet in the courtyard. Troops waiting to begin the ceremony, then entering the courtyard with rows of chairs set up for the event, reviewed by President Moscicki. MCU he tips his hat to the Field Marshall, looks very stern, does not smile. Soldiers stand at attention. Ceremony continues in the courtyard with President Moscicki, there is a bust of Pilsudski on a pedestal on the red carpet. VAR HAS of the ceremony, with motion picture and still cameramen running around to catch every angle. Photo of Polish leader displayed in shop window next to shoes. Polish cavalry crosses a stream, snowy field. HAS of the ceremony in the courtyard. MS of another shop window displaying proudly military regalia and photos of Polish leaders. Several additional shots of the ceremony with Polish troops being reviewed and marching, the arrival of Smigly-Rydz, and President Moscicki speaking. WS, official building in Warsaw. Soldiers in courtyard. Planes flying overhead. Several additional shots of the ceremony. CU, Smigly-Rydz with scepter shakes hands with another officer.

Event:  1937
Warsaw, Poland
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Julien Bryan Archive
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:03:18
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