• Short Summary

    Series for schools about war - this episode covers home front activity during Second World War.

  • Description

    Produced in the 1960's.

    Part 1 of a series of films made for schools entitled: "War and Society."

    Devised and produced in association with the Schools Council and Nuffield Foundation Humanities Curriculum Project. Editor: Ron Glenister. Research: Charlie Gillett. Producer: Richard Dunn.

    Air raid siren on the soundtrack. American narrator describes people walking along to air raid shelter - probably a radio reporter during World War Two.

    Pathe Gazette item: "What to do in a Raid". Narrator tells the cinema audience how to behave during an air raid. Father, mother and son walk to the shelter in their garden. Other people stand and stare up at the sky (this is what not to do!) Shot of an orderly group walking into a shelter. M/S of man lying down in a trench. Two teenage boys walk along the street to their home.

    Pathe Gazette item: "What to do in a raid - Admit Passers-by - they need shelter too." A car pulls off the main road to make room for the emergency vehicles. (We do not see passers-by being offered shelter). "Switch off headlamps, leave only side & rear lamps." Shots of men and women walking to work carrying their gas masks. Woman pulls her curtains during a black out. Narrator reiterates that you should never stand and stare at the sky. "Take Cover."

    Pathe Gazette item: "Terror from the Skies - The RAF hits the Hun by day and night." Air crews of two Boston squadrons leave their quarters to man their aircraft. Planes taxi and take off. Various shots of the planes in flight. Air to air shots of the bombers as they fly towards their target - St. Malo. Various shots of the planes flying over the sea. Aerial shots of Nazi submarine base at St. Malo. Bombs are dropped and we see them hit target - seen from the aircraft. Plane in flight en route for Flanders. Aerial shot of the sea, beach, fields, towns of France. High speed flight over the Flanders plains - bombing raid on a Nazi controlled factory.

    Pathe Gazette item: "Nazi Bombs in Yorkshire". Various shots of bomb damaged village. Villagers pose for the cameras. Rubble is cleared up and windows repaired. Two young boys stand inside a crater made by a bomb. A young girl who slept right through the raid is featured standing with her mother and dog at a window. C/U of girl holding pieces of bomb that landed on her bed. Anti aircraft crews prepare to fire at enemy aircraft. Montage sequence of guns being prepared and fired. St Paul's Cathedral is lit by the light of the guns (this may be a faked shot). Blitz - buildings on fire. Firemen attempt to put out blazes. Patriotic voiceover speaks of the spirit of the British. Various shots of women being pulled from bombed buildings. Various shots of the British people going about their business - despite Hitler. Clean up operations. Men and women walk to work carrying their gas masks. Shots of bombed buildings - including churches and possibly cathedral. Burned out cars and buses. Aerial shot of wreckage. Over shots of bomb damage a young boy speaks of his experiences when his house was bombed - very spooky. People are helped from bombed buildings. Shots of evacuees walking along a station platform. Train pulls out of the station and evacuees wave from the windows.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1960 - 1969
    hd format:
    HD at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:11:32:00 / 01:20:10:00

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