The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

Ostend in War-Time
Ostend in War-Time

Ostend in War-Time 1914

Close

This film is certified

Please confirm that you accept our terms of use.

Close

Ostend in War-Time 1914

1 mins United Kingdom

Belgium suffered a refugee crisis when German forces invaded in August 1914, as troops and civilians fleeing Antwerp and other occupied towns poured into West Flanders. This newsreel item, shot in the coastal city of Ostend, captures something of the chaos as soldiers, civilians, horses, wagons and weaponry flood in, alongside hundreds of refugees hoping to board boats for England.

Ostend was a popular seaside resort until WWI broke. From Antwerp to Ostend, a travelogue filmed in the same year, points out the beach bathing machines - which became makeshift housing during the refugee crisis - and shows fashionable holidaymakers strolling on the promenade. Many of the opulent buildings seen in both films would be destroyed in the years of fighting.

Genres

Non-Fiction

Tags

World War I Ostend Refugees

Collection

Refugee Week 1914 on Film

Released

1914

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

Topical Film Company

Read lessRead more

Explore further

View Battle of Lebbeke
Battle of Lebbeke
Watch for free 10 mins

Battle of Lebbeke 1914

Extraordinary early WWI footage of Belgian army delaying the German advance - aided by bicycles, armoured cars and machine-gun pulling dogs.

10 mins United Kingdom

View Attack on Antwerp
Attack on Antwerp
Watch for free 1 mins

Attack on Antwerp 1914

Belgian infantry and artillery defend Antwerp against the besieging German army in an early battle of World War I.

1 mins United Kingdom

View Gallant Defenders
Gallant Defenders
Watch for free 1 mins

Gallant Defenders 1914

Retreating Belgian troops arrive in Ostend in the wake of the Siege of Antwerp.

1 mins United Kingdom

View From Antwerp to Ostend
From Antwerp to Ostend
Watch for free 7 mins

From Antwerp to Ostend 1914

On the brink of invasion, holidaymakers promenade while refugees shelter in beach huts on the Belgian coastline in 1914.

7 mins United Kingdom

Subscription

View All

Welcome to a new subscription service like no other.

>100s of hand-picked classics and critically-acclaimed films

>Critic Mark Kermode picks a must-see film every week

>No contract, cancel anytime

Cookies Policy

This website uses cookies, as explained in our Cookies Policy.

To accept the terms and hide this message please click 'I accept'.

I accept

Passionate about film? So are we…

Don't miss the email made for the in-the-know film fan:

New releases — on the same day as in cinemas Special collections & unheralded classics Exclusive news on discounts


Never ask | Ask me later