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Beverley Commemorates the Anniversary of the Battle of Britain
Beverley Commemorates the Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

Beverley Commemorates the Anniversary of the Battle of Britain 1943

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Beverley Commemorates the Anniversary of the Battle of Britain 1943

8 mins United Kingdom

Quite different from the glossy presentations of wartime newsreels, here we have a close up of those on the ground in a town far from London. The confident and even relaxed demeanour of the marching service personnel seen here in Beverley in 1943 is an indication of the morale of the time.

This is one of many wartime films made by local filmmaker Ernest Symmons. The last major Battle of Britain was on Sunday 15th September, 1940, although it wasn’t until that Tuesday Hitler indefinitely postponed his plans to invade Britain, Operation Sea Lion, having failed to win command of the skies above Britain. Only eight days into the Battle, Churchill famously declared that, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” The prolonged bombing of the blitz followed, although Beverley only suffered one serious air raid on August 3rd 1942. Just down the road Hull was badly hit on 24th June 1943. Altogether, 121 people were killed in bombing raids in the East Riding during the war.

Yorkshire Film Archive collects, preserves, and shows film made in, or about Yorkshire. Our collections are non-fiction, dating from the 1890s to the present day, and providing a rich and visually compelling record of all aspects of lives, cultures, landscape, industries, major events and everyday activities, many of which are available to watch, free of charge, on our website.

Genres

Non-Fiction

Tags

World War II Battle of Britain Battle of Britain Sunday Commemorations Church services

Collection

Ready for the Enemy

Released

1943

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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