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Health in War

Health in War 1940


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Health in War 1940

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Pat Jackson

These moving scenes were filmed while Hitler's Luftwaffe was wreaking havoc on many of Britain's towns and cities. Amid the turmoil, frail and elderly patients are transported from built-up areas to country schools and stately homes which have been requisitioned as hospitals, while name-tagged children stand in neat lines at railway stations awaiting evacuation.

The film was intended to boost public morale on the home front and is certainly testament to Britain's organisational prowess in a time of crisis. The NHS would not be established until 1946, shortly after the war ended. Director Pat Jackson cut his teeth working as production assistant on British documentary movement classics such as Night Mail (1936), and went on to direct a spate of documentaries before his acclaimed debut feature Western Approaches (1944).

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