• Short Summary

    An elderly victim of the blitz tells what befell her when her home was bombed.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Air Raid Victim".


    Shots of bombed house. ARP (Air Raid Precautions) wardens look over the damage.

    VS of typical elderly London woman talking about her experience when her home was bombed. Good interview showing high morale of typical Londoner during the blitz. The interviewer is not very good he then goes on to say that morale is wonderful. The bomb victim interrupts to say that she wanted to stay at home rather than go to a shelter.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:06:18:00 / 01:07:54:00

Comments (1)

  1. pgw123 says

    After doing some research I believe that the lady speaking in this film is Lydia Sarah Jiggins. Lydia lived at No. 2, Sebastopol Road, Edmonton, London, N.9. In the early hours of August 24th 1940 there was a night time air raid and Luftwaffe bombers released bombs that hit several locations in London, including; Stepney, Hackney, Tottenham and Edmonton. Some of these bombs also landed on St Giles Church Cripplegate. It was reported at the time that this was one of the first 'night-time' air raids to hit the civilian population in London. As such the press covered this and took several photos and also the Pathe film of the aftermath of the air raid in Sebastopol road, Edmonton. It has also been reported that it was these air raids on August 24th 1940 that led to the decision by Churchill to launch the first air raid on Berlin the next evening, August 25th 1940, in retaliation. This triggered Hitler to direct the Luftwaffe to bomb the cities of Britain and this became the Blitz.

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