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    Footage of Nelson's Column after being damaged by bomb.

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    Nelson's column damaged. London.

    Nelson's column bombed- but doesn't look like it was a very successful attempt. 1920s? Opens w/ CU bricks in base; looks like a heap of something below. Some men walk into picture from rt. Jumps to same w/ a whole bunch of people crowded around this spot - several young people look very amused - girls w/ big grins; boy in front w/ smirk. Cut to shot w/ the crowd of kids (children to teenagers) now moved back away from the monument; standing in a row a few yards to rt. a sort of pipe thing is lying on ground next to the monument and pile of dirt & bits of stone.

    CU of damage - not much; just looks like some of the side is scraped off - a couple guys standing on the pile; their shoes & pants visible. Another shot of damage at a different part - more stone broken off here. Legs of some men standing on top of this ledge. Then GV monument from distance; w/ crowd around it.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1929
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:05:54:00 / 01:06:50:00
    ON 225 B

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  1. Unknown user says

    I don't believe this is bomb damage, or that it happened after 1920.
    When the Armistice was declared at the end of WW1 there were mass celebrations held in Trafalgar Square, and a bonfire was lit (it may have been a German gun carriage that was set alight) at the base of Nelson's column, the heat of which caused damage to the stonework which can still be seen to this day. I feel that this must be footage recorded soon after that event in 1918. Hope this helps.

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  2. Unknown user says

    100% concur with Overcranked above.
    Contemporary report:

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