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Power on the Land

About the film

'Power on the Land' demonstrates how advances in technology and machinery have helped modernise agriculture.


Release year
Ralph Keene
Production company
Raylton, Verity Films
Geoffrey Unsworth
Hubert Clifford
F. Grisewood
Peter Tanner
Sound recording
Al Rhind
Musical director
Muir Mathieson
Running time (minutes)
15 mins 07 secs
Music played by
London Symphony Orchestra

Original Description

Mechanisation of Agriculture
'British agriculture is the most mechanised in the world. Root crops are picked by machinery; machines reap, bind and thresh the grain; the new mechanised methods of planting and watering vegetables are contrasted with the old. Land is reclaimed by machinery to meet today’s need for increased food production.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1944)



  • The combine harvester seen from 12:35 is a Massey-Harris No. 21, the first self-propelled, mass-produced combine harvester.
  • The yellow tractor seen from 04:00 is a Caterpillar D2, produced from 1939-1957.
  • The women seen planting vegetables throughout Power on the Land were likely Land Girls — women who were employed by farmers when the usual male workers were called up to fight in the war.