The Second World War

British Pathé holds one of the finest and most comprehensive Second World War archives in the world. This collection presents just a few of them, selected in order to provide a taste of the wealth of material available. There's footage of D-Day, Dunkirk, the Blitz, the Battle of Britain, Battle of the Atlantic, as well as VE Day, among others.

D-Day Greatest Combined Operation In World's History

D-Day Greatest Combined Operation In World's History (1944)

Allied armies invade Normandy coast of France - D-day landings.

Nazi Bombers Beaten Off

Nazi Bombers Beaten Off (1940)

Dive bombers attack ships in the Channel. They have to face anti-aircraft guns and Spitfires.

Knights Of The Air

Knights Of The Air (1940)

Film appealing for funds towards the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Home Guard Shoot Down A Bomber

Home Guard Shoot Down A Bomber (1940)

Good shots of anti-aircraft teams at work against German bombers.

Air Drama Off The Coast

Air Drama Off The Coast (1940)

German dive bombers attack a British Convoy off the Kent coast.

Beaten Back

Beaten Back (1940)

German pilots are fought off over Dover by Spitfires and Hurricanes of the RAF.

After The Bismarck

After The Bismarck (1941)

Last pictures of Bismark just before sinking, great shots of sailors celebrating.

Our Life Line Across The Atlantic AKA Lifeline

Our Life Line Across The Atlantic AKA Lifeline (1941)

Convoy of cargo ships is escorted to Gibraltar by Royal Navy warships.

Naval Intelligence

Naval Intelligence (1940)

Various items covering the activities of the Royal Navy - both at sea and on the land.

Navy Sinks Three U-Boats

Navy Sinks Three U-Boats (1942)

Amateur footage of British warships blasting U-boats in the Atlantic.

An End To Murder

An End To Murder (1945)

The end of Belsen concentration camp, Germany.

Belsen

Belsen (1945)

More bodies are buried at the concentration camp, British troops burn barrack huts to ground.

German Atrocities

German Atrocities (1945)

Germany's crimes are no longer a secret.

Hamburg Hammered

Hamburg Hammered (1943)

British and American day and night air raids of Hamburg, Germany.

Dresden Bombed To Atoms

Dresden Bombed To Atoms (1945)

Night and day bombing raids on Dresden by British and American air force.

R.A.F. Thunderbolt Raids - Special

R.A.F. Thunderbolt Raids - Special (1943)

Royal Air Force bombs Cologne in Thunderbolt raids.

Cologne Captured

Cologne Captured (1945)

Allied troops enter Cologne, Germany.

D-Day Fliers Decorated

D-Day Fliers Decorated (1944)

Two carrier pigeons who flew on D-Day receive medals for gallantry.

Invasion - Pictorial Reports From France

Invasion - Pictorial Reports From France (1944)

After D-day landing on Normandy beaches, allied troops press on into rural France.

Further And Further Into Libya

Further And Further Into Libya (1941)

British and Australian troops move further into Libya, taking Tobruk and more Italian POWs.

Evacuation Of The BEF

Evacuation Of The BEF (1940)

The classic Newsreel story of the rescue of British troops from the beaches of Dunkirk.

Rommel On The Run

Rommel On The Run (1942)

Stirring item shows the Axis troops in retreat across the desert as the 8th Army advances.

El Alamein Desert Advance - 1942

El Alamein Desert Advance - 1942 (1942)

El Alamein desert advance of British troops.

How Germany Saw It

How Germany Saw It (1943)

Captured Nazi propaganda film showing German army and air force in action.

1945 - You Were There When History Was Made

1945 - You Were There When History Was Made (1945)

Review of the year 1945.

The War In The South Pacific

The War In The South Pacific (1942)

Good footage before, during and after the US attack on the Solomon Islands.

16th October 1946 - The End Of The Nazis

16th October 1946 - The End Of The Nazis (1946)

In wake of Nazi war criminal hangings, Pathe asks should we screen official film of executions.

Nuremberg Trials - Verdicts

Nuremberg Trials - Verdicts (1946)

Verdict being given at the Nuremberg trial in Germany.

Prime Minister Visits Defences

Prime Minister Visits Defences (1940)

Winston Churchill visits Coastal defences in the South and East of England.

King And Queen Visit A Bombed Hospital

King And Queen Visit A Bombed Hospital (1940)

The King and Queen pay a visit to a London hospital damaged in a bombing raid.

Coventry The Martyred City

Coventry The Martyred City (1940)

Shots of Coventry - destroyed by terrible bombing raid by Germans. The King pays a visit.

The Spirit Of The People

The Spirit Of The People (1940)

Great interview with London woman who is staying put despite the Blitz.

London's Biggest Blitz

London's Biggest Blitz (1941)

Night shots of massive fires + clearing up and rescue work the next morning.

Buckingham Palace Bombed

Buckingham Palace Bombed (1940)

Damage to Buckingham Palace after a German bombing raid.

Murder From The Skies

Murder From The Skies (1940)

Fires and devastation in London caused by German bombing - King George inspects damage.

Vj-Day London Celebrations

Vj-Day London Celebrations (1945)

Celebrations of VJ-Day in London.

The Day Japan Lost Face

The Day Japan Lost Face (1945)

Japanese delegates sign surrender documents onboard US ship 'Missouri'.

VE Day London

VE Day London (1945)

Winston Churchill gives speech thanking Allies and announcing surrender of Germans.

Churchill And Royal Family On Balcony

Churchill And Royal Family On Balcony (1945)

The royal family and Winston Churchill on balcony of Buckingham palace, V.E. day. London.

V.E. Celebrations

V.E. Celebrations (1945)

Crowds gather to celebrate V.E. day. London.

Victory Celebrations - King Speaks

Victory Celebrations - King Speaks (1945)

VE Day celebrations in London & King's speech.