GB 1943 1hr 28mins Dir: Sergei Nolbandov Starring: Godfrey Tearle and Mary Morris
In occupied Yugoslavia, partisans fight the Nazis
This major war propaganda film was made by Ealing Studios at the height of hostilities and part of the story involves the sabotage of Nazi supply trains. With filming in Occupied Europe completely out of the question British rolling-stock was used, and although a French ‘Pacific’ does appear in one shot it is clearly a model. In fact, the film uses models for quite a number of scenes, and to good effect too, yet there is enough real railway footage to offer other interest. Two LNER A3 Class 4-6-2’s were modified with smoke deflectors and stovepipe chimneys to appear as continental locos (somewhat ironic of course, given that German style smoke deflectors were fitted to the A3’s during the 1960s). The first appears in various shots numbered ‘2743’ and ‘743’, so that is number 2743 Felstead with just a number blacked out in different takes so as to give the impression that it is a different loco. The other A3, however, has no bufferbeam number at all. Note that in most of the shots it can be seen that the LNER lettering on the sides of the tender has also been blacked out. The scene whereby the partisans rescue prisoners of war from a train at a Yugoslav railway station appears to have been filmed in the sidings of a quarry, and in one shot what appears to be an LNER J52 Class 0-6-0ST can be seen in the background. Finally there are several sequences filmed in and around a tunnel, though it is not known where this was shot.