British troops in training at Middle East Ski and Mountaineering School at The Cedars, near Tripoli, Syria [now Lebanon].
A section of advanced pupils walking across a ledge. Skiers shoot past the camera and ski over a ridge. Skiers coming towards the camera and turning off. More skiers ski past the camera. Major Riddell jumps from a ridge. A pupil follows. A section of pupils ski down a pass. Sergeant "Waxy" Yarwood from Knutsford, Cheshire, showing Private Robert Evans how to base wax skis inside the ski school. Sergeant Yarwood rubs the wax in and melts it into the wood by heating with a blow lamp. A ski patrol starts out from its hideout in a wood, winds through trees and disappears over a ridge. The troopers ski away from the camera and start walking. They plough through a blizzard. Skiers skiing over a hill crest towards the camera. A scout in a camouflage coat joins the group. The leader examines a compass. The scout points in the direction of the enemy and the patrol turns off in that direction. The troopers stop, take off their packs and lie down using the packs as rifle rests. The parade ground early in the morning. Troopers on parade. They raise their left sticks. They leave the parade ground. Troopers marching on parade to the Sergeant-Major's order. Instructors skiing downhill. Major Riddell jumps towards the camera over a cornice. Instructor Bartlett tries a high jump. Instructors jumping off a cornice. Major Riddell skiing off the cornice. Close-up of Major Riddell. Panoramic shot of a skier going over a cornice. The early morning parade with cedars in the background. New troops skiing on the test run. Sergeant Instructor Craig from Kenton, Middlesex (a former National Provincial Bank clerk) trains a new section of men. They place their skis on the ground. The troopers put their skis on. A trooper fixing his ski. Sergeant Craig demonstrating the uphill Herringbone Walk. The men try it themselves. Sergeant Craig demonstrates another up hill diagonal walk. The troopers try it in formation. Sergeant Craig leads a group of new trainees skiing downhill. Private Walkden from Liverpool falls. He gets up again. Troopers waxing their skis. Lance-Corporal White from Poplar, London, rubs on wax then polishes it with the palm of his hand. A patrol in the blizzard.
Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.