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  • Short Summary

    Life going on in London during the Blitz. Some items from newsreels.

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    London Blitz.
    UN734 - Men at work on bomb damaged buildings. Man lifts up a piece of piping and bends it. MM/S of man in tin helmet picking up pieces of wood then throwing them off screen. Various shots of men dealing with debris. C/U of group of men in ARP uniforms. M/S of bomb damage in Trafalgar Square. Shot ends with a broken lamppost - church of St Martin in the Fields in the background. Panning shot of bomb crater. Shot of Nelson's column with a pan down to show bomb damage. A group of nurses stand chatting in the street. Group of ARP men lift a large arched window with many broken panes through a doorway. Panning shot of the damaged building. A high ranking army officer inspects the damage. A group of soldiers pose by a wrecked car. Shot of a mangled metal bridge, a wrecked bandstand (?) perhaps a round skylight, more ruined buildings and wrecked cars. Man holds up a wrecked bike. Soldiers line up for cups of tea and sandwiches. Bombed out civilians with bundles leave the area. Pan across Piccadilly Circus deserted, "National War Bond" ads. cover Eros. Lower Regent street deserted. CU War Bond ads.

    Tube train arrives at underground station on it a sign "TUBE REFRESHMENT SPECIAL"
    four women unload large boxes. Civilians are bedding down for the night on the station platform. The women from the tube train prepare tea and snacks and then walk down the busy platform selling the food. CU of happy eaters, one couple are preparing wool. WS of platform full of sleeping bodies.

    1st Full title reads: "TUBE SNACKS". London
    Various shots showing how a special tube train travels along the line stopping at stations being used as shelters. The canteen staff in the special food train unload food containers onto the platform and distribute it to the people sheltering there. Good shots showing people settling down for the night on the platform. People are served with tea and snacks by attendants from the tube train.

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
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    01:47:08:00 / 01:54:06:00

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