CREATED BY Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. U.S. Army Audiovisual Center. (ca. 1974 - 05/15/1984 ) USE RESTRICTIONS NOTE: Some or all of this material may be restricted by copyright or other intellectual property right restrictions. ONLINE RESOURCES: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0018C6T0Y NOTE: A DVD of this film can be ordered from our partner, Amazon.com/NATIONALARCHIVES. A DVD of this film is ALSO available for viewing and copying free of charge in the NARA Research Room in the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Records Section, National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD. The original release sheet reads: In this Army Digest for THE BIG PICTURE television series, two subjects are covered on film. The first, "The Junior Essex Troop," is the story of an historic National Guard unit and a group of 150 boys, age 11 to 17. Viewers will see how, between them, soldiers and boys keep alive a tradition and a way of life now gone from the modern scene. The National Guard unit is the 102nd Armored Cavalry in West Orange, New Jersey. Formed in 1931 as a cadet auxiliary of the famous Essex Troop, the Junior Essex Troop is believed to be the only junior cavalry squadron in the country sponsored by a National Guard unit. The charter of the troop states as its purpose: "to encourage patriotism, and to foster the love of horses among boys, and to train boys in the art of horsemanship, cavalry drill, marksmanship, military training and discipline." The Junior Essex Troop Horse Show, staged annually in which all the contestants are teenage or under, provides a colorful climax to the story. The second story, "Umbrellas of the Sky," tells how in the years since man first realized an age-old dream and took to the air, the parachute has played a role of ever-increasing importance. Today, the parachutes, like flight itself, serve in hundreds of ways the purposes of both peace and combat. In the unusual scenes shown, THE BIG PICTURE brings to the television screen some of the highlights in the development of these "Umbrellas of the Sky." FOR MORE INFORMATION http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/ExternalDOSearch?searchExpression=2569735
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