WW2 and The Blitz begin, The Neutrality Acts 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 PickThe Soviet Union Explodes the Atomic Bomb
29 August marks the 70th Anniversary of the Soviet Union successfully exploding its own atomic bomb. Take a look back at the reaction of the Western world in these films.
Archive PickThe Maiden Flight of the Space Shuttle ‘Discovery’
30 August marks the 35th Anniversary of the maiden flight of the Space Shuttle ‘Discovery’. These films look back at the development of the space shuttle.
Archive PickThe Neutrality Acts
On 31 August 1935, the US passed the first of the Neutrality Acts, placing an embargo on the trade of arms and war materials to countries engaged in conflict. These films show the acts in effect.
Archive PickWorld War Two Begins
1 September marks the 80th Anniversary of the outbreak of WW2, with the German invasion of Poland. The UK, France, New Zealand and Australia declared war on Germany on 3 September, forming the Allies.
Archive PickThe al-Fateh Revolution
1 September marks the 50th Anniversary of the al-Fateh Revolution in Libya, in which Muammar Gaddafi and the Free Officers Movement overthrew King Idris I. These films look back at the first year of the new government, and Gaddafi’s involvement in the Pan-Arab movement.
Archive PickJapan Surrenders
On 2 September 1945, delegates from Japan signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. It formally brought WW2 to a close, ending hostilities.
Archive PickLeefe Robinson Destroys German Airship
On 3 September 1916, Leefe Robinson destroyed the German airship Schutte-Lanz S11 over Cuffley, Hertfordshire, during WW1. It was the first German airship to be shot down on British soil. Robinson was awarded the Victoria Cross, and was the first to receive it for action in the UK.
Archive PickWilliam Calley Charged For My Lai
5 September marks the 50th Anniversary of William Calley being charged with six specifications of premeditated murder for the death of 109 Vietnamese civilians during the My Lai Massacre. He was found guilty on 29 March 1971, and sentenced to life imprisonment on 31 March 1971.
Archive PickThe Blitz Begins
On 7 September 1940, German bombers began to systematically target London on bombing raids during WW2, beginning the Blitz. The capital was bombed for 56 out of the next 57 nights. These films examine life in the capital during the raids.
Archive PickThe Siege of Leningrad
On 8 September 1941, the Siege of Leningrad began, during WW2. It lasted 872 days, being one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history, and possibly the costliest in casualties suffered. These films look back at the beleaguered city.
Archive PickThe First V2 Rocket Attack
8 September also marks the 75th Anniversary of the first German V2 rocket attack on London, UK. It was the world’s first long-range, guided ballistic missile. Over 3,000 were launched over the course of WW2, killing approximately 9,000 civilians.

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