Bombing of Berlin, Yalta Conference and more

Here’s our regularly-updated selection of films that may be of use to news editors and journalists in covering important anniversaries, contextualising current events or illustrating trending topics.


Archive PickBrexit
With the UK due to leave the European Union on 31 January, take a look back at the history of the European Union, and its forerunner, the European Economic Community (EEC), here.
Archive PickThe Burma Road
28 January marks the 75th Anniversary of supplies beginning to reach the Republic of China via the newly re-opened Burma Road. The Burma Road was a vital supply line in the theatre, and saw intense fighting during the Pacific Campaign.
Archive PickThe Development of the Hydrogen Bomb
31 January marks the 70 Years since U.S. President Harry Truman announced the development of the Hydrogen Bomb, or H-Bomb. The H-Bomb was smaller than the first atomic bombs, and had a greater destructive power. The first full-scale test was carried out by the U.S. in 1952.
Archive PickMandela to be Freed
2 February marks the 30th Anniversary of F. W. de Klerk, the President of South Africa, declaring that Nelson Mandela would be freed from imprisonment, and that the African National Congress would be unbanned.
Archive PickAmerican 8th Air Force Bombs Berlin
3 February marks 75 Years since Berlin was bombed by the American 8th Air Force. It was one of the few occasions on which the USAAF undertook a massive aerial attack on a city centre, hoping to destroy the German 6th Panzer Army which was being relocated to the Eastern Front.
Archive PickThe Battle of Manila
3 February also marks 75 Years since the beginning of the Battle of Manila, during World War Two. Lasting a month, the battle saw some of the worst urban fighting in the Pacific Theatre.
Archive PickKlaus Fuchs Arrested
3 February also marks 70 Years since the arrest of Klaus Fuchs, who was convicted of supplying information from the Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union.
Archive PickThe Yalta Conference
4 Februray marks the 75th Anniversary of the beginning of the Yalta Conference. The eight-day conference was the second of three major wartime conferences held between the ‘Big Three’- the US, UK and USSR.
Archive PickThe Boy Scouts of America
8 February marks the 110th Anniversary of the incorporation of the Boy Scouts of America by William D. Boyce. Since then, over 110 million Americans have participated in Scout programmes at some point in their lives.
Archive PickOperation Veritable
8 February also marks the 75th Anniversary of the beginning of Operation Veritable, during World War Two. Lasting just over a month, it was the northern arm of an Allied pincer movement designed to capture the West bank of the Rhine.
Archive PickUS Weather Bureau
9 February marks the 150th Anniversary of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signing a joint resolution of Congress to establish the US Weather Bureau. Renamed as the National Weather Service in 1970.
Archive PickJoseph McCarthy’s ‘Wheeling Speech’
9 February also marks 70 Years since Joseph McCarthy’s speech at Wheeling, West Virginia, in which he accused the US State Department as having been infiltrated by Communists.

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