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Ack-ack 1941

‘ACK ACK’ is a profile of the soldiers who manned anti-aircraft positions on the home front during the Second World War.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Baylis

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Adderwell Armaments Factory in Frome 1944

It's all work and plenty of play at the Adderwell Armaments Factory in Frome - featuring various weapons, choirs, comedians, boxing, Tessie O'Shea and a visit from Queen Mary.

31 mins United Kingdom

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Air Raid practice at Knoll School Hove 1940

When the sirens wail, watch these children grab their gas-masks and dash to the shelters in this astonishing and sumptuous colour film about Air Raid Precautions at Hove School.

14 mins United Kingdom

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Air Raid Precaution (ARP) Training in Cambridge 1940

An alternative home movie; mother and daughter participate in Air Raid Precaution Training, captured at the family home by amateur filmmaker Trevor Spittle.

1 mins United Kingdom

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The Airship Destroyer 1909

England faces aerial invasion in this entertaining Edwardian science fiction fantasy.

9 mins United Kingdom

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All Hands 1940

A commercially produced Ministry of Information film, explaining how vital information could be carelessly leaked to prying enemy ears on the home front.

12 mins United Kingdom Director. John Paddy Carstairs

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All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 PG

Lewis Milestone's pioneering, Oscar®-winning film is one of the most powerful films about the consequences of war

136 mins USA Director. Lewis Milestone

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Apocalypse Now 1979 15

Transplanting Joseph Conrad’s colonial-era novel Heart of Darkness to Vietnam, Coppola created a mesmerising fantasia on the spectacle of war.

141 mins USA Director. Francis Ford Coppola

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Armadillo 2010 15

Balanced, insightful and compassionate documentary about troops and civilians in and around a Danish-British base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan

100 mins Denmark Director. Janus Metz

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Assembly 2007 15

Following a brutal battle, a Chinese army captain wakes from a coma to discover his discredited regiment has been airbrushed from history, and sets out to restore his soldiers’ honour.

People's Republic of China Director. Feng Xiaogang

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Attack on a Mission Station 1900

Dramatised account of Chinese rebels' violent confrontation with Christian missionaries, made in the wake of the Boxer Rebellion.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Auxiliary Fire Service in Walton on Thames 1940

Woking's AFS demonstrates its fire-fighting skills in a colourful competition held in 1940 followed by slumbering firemen leaping into action when duty calls.

5 mins United Kingdom

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A War 2015 15

A Danish soldier has to defend himself against accusations of war crimes, in the Oscar-nominated drama from the makers of A Hijacking.

115 mins Denmark Director. Tobias Lindholm

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Back to 1942

Back to 1942 2012 15

With a cast that includes Adrien Brody, Tim Robbins and Fan Xu, Back to 1942 is an epic reconstruction of the deadly drought of 1942 that took its toll on central China's Henan province during the war against Japan

145 mins People's Republic of China Director. Feng Xiaogang

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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

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The Battle of the River Plate

The Battle of the River Plate 1956 U

Powell and Pressburger’s biggest commercial success was this rousing retelling of the pursuit of a German battleship by the British Navy during World War II.

119 mins United Kingdom Director. Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands 1927 PG

This dramatic reconstruction of two decisive naval battles from the First World War is one of the finest films of the British silent era.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Walter Summers

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Beheading a Chinese Boxer 1900

A grisly early fictional reconstruction inspired by atrocity stories from China's Boxer Rebellion.

United Kingdom

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Belgian Congo Native Troops 1915

World War One reportage from intrepid filmmaker Cherry Kearton - glimpsed in an early 'selfie'.

United Kingdom

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Bishopstoke VE day celebrations and seaside holidays 1945

Bishopstoke casts off the war in this celebratory record of VE Day - with street parties for the children and dancing for the grown-ups all to the tune of fiddles and an accordion.

10 mins United Kingdom

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The Biter Bit 1943

Ralph Richardson provides a patriotic voiceover for this glowing tribute to the success of Allied bombing of Germany.

14 mins United Kingdom

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The Blockhouse 1973 12

A rare serious performance by Peter Sellers drives this tale of eight men buried in a bunker for three years at the end of WWII.

92 mins USA Director. Clive Rees

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Bomb Damage and Home Guard in Hythe 1940

After a visit from the Luftwaffe, Hythe's factories and houses inspect the terrible damage done to their town in a film, which also shows the local Home Guard in fighting form.

14 mins United Kingdom

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Brighton's Blitz 1940

Brighton suffers in this sensational colour film showing the effects of the Luftwaffe's devastating raids on the seaside town.

19 mins United Kingdom

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Brighton's Warship Week and Tank Week 1941

A fascinating compendium of films from wartime Brighton featuring parades, fire engines, tanks, trolleybuses, Land Girls, pigs and visiting Cabinet Ministers.

16 mins United Kingdom

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Brown on Resolution 1935 PG

Walter Forde’s 1935 war drama stars a young John Mills as the illegitimate son of a naval officer who brings down a German cruiser in WWI.

79 mins United Kingdom Director. Walter Forde

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A Canterbury Tale 1944 U

Powell and Pressburger's most personal film combines a Chaucer-inspired pilgrimage with a war-time celebration of English landscape and values to create a gem of British cinema.

124 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

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The Captive Heart 1946 PG

A realistic recreation of life as a prisoner of war in Germany lends credence to this moving account of wartime survival against the odds.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Basil Dearden

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Captured 1959 15

Previously only shown to a restricted audience of top military brass from the Ministry of Defence, Captured is a stunning Prisoner of War drama.

United Kingdom Director. John Krish

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Civil Defence Parades in Pre-war Croydon 1938

Peacetime frivolity contrasts sharply with a sense of the Gathering Storm in this film from Croydon made shortly before the outbreak of hostilities.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Civilian Front 1940

It's all action on the home front with civilians on high alert to support the war effort.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Field

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Civilians in Uniform 1946

Leatherhead applauds and thanks its Civil Defence Service volunteers for their sterling efforts, in this fascinating film made during the last months of the Second World War.

20 mins United Kingdom

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Clandon Home Guard 1942

Dad's Army, Clandon-style, are at it again in this fascinating film about life in Surrey's Home Guard.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Conscription 1915

The nation's menfolk try anything to avoid being 'called up' in this raucous WWI comedy.

United Kingdom Director. Dave Aylott

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Dawn 1928

Controversial true story about a First World War nurse who risked her life to save others.

87 mins United Kingdom

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Death Was a Passenger 1958

A chance meeting on a train brings back memories of a wartime escape.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Theodore Zichy

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Demobbed 1944 U

Nat Jackley and Norman Evans offer marvellous music hall mayhem in this offbeat feature from the heyday of variety.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. John E. Blakeley

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E13 Avenged 1915

Pioneering visual graphics – with added cotton wool – recreate an incendiary WWI incident involving a stricken British submarine.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Elenya 1992 PG

During World War Two, a German airman crash-lands in a wood and is looked after by a naïve 12-year-old girl.

87 mins Germany Director. Steve Gough

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Evacuees and ARP Training Exercises 1939

Members of Herne Bay's First Aid Posts gear up for gas-attack casualties in this remarkable film, which also features a visit to the deep tunnel shelters in the cliffs of Ramsgate.

19 mins United Kingdom

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Exeter After the Blitz 1942

Wartime meals-on-wheels and some rare snapshots of the bomb-damaged Georgian terraces of Dix's Field, Exeter.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Eye in the Sky 2015 15

Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman (in his last role) play the military commanders caught in the ethical crosshairs of drone warfare, in Gavin Hood’s gripping military thriller.

102 mins United Kingdom Director. Gavin Hood

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A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms 1932 PG

Based on the best-selling 1929 novel by Ernest Hemingway, Gary Cooper stars in Frank Borzage's Oscar-winning adaptation of the tragic Great War romance.

87 mins USA Director. Frank Borzage

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Fight for the Dardanelles 1915

Witness the birth of motion graphics in news reporting amid the ongoing Gallipoli campaign during WWI.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. F. Percy Smith

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Flying Fortress (Trailer) 1942

This typically energetic trailer for a British-made Warner Bros. wartime drama certainly does its job.

3 mins United Kingdom

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Footballer's Battalion 1915

Professional footballers answer the call of duty and get in training; many would go on to fight in the Battle of the Somme.

United Kingdom

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Friend or Foe 1981 U

Two evacuee boys from London sent to live on a farm face a tough decision when a German plane is shot down.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. John Krish

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Frontiersmen Inspected by Sir Francis Lloyd 1915

Major-General Francis Lloyd, responsible for the defence of London during WWI, scrutinises a line of volunteers.

United Kingdom

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Gaumont Graphic No. 406 1915

This intriguing and beautifully-shot newsreel features sea-faring heroes, feisty females and a generous lick of paint for a Mississippi steamship.

United Kingdom

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German Spy Peril 1914

Inventive WWI propaganda in which a rejected volunteer foils a German plot to blow up Parliament.

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Bert Haldane

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Germany, Year Zero 1948 PG

The concluding part of Roberto Rossellini’s celebrated War Trilogy, set amid the war-torn ruins of Berlin.

73 mins Italy Director. Roberto Rossellini

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Ginger & Rosa 2012 12

Teenage friendship is torn apart when Rosa finds love in the wrong place, in Sally Potter's acute, 60s-set drama.

89 mins United Kingdom Director. Sally Potter

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Goofer Trouble 1940

Two daft 'goofers' cause trouble by staying outside while an air battle rages overhead in this punchy WWII public information film.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Maurice Elvey

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Green for Danger 1946 PG

A series of murders at a wartime hospital are probed by an eccentric policeman.

91 mins United Kingdom Director. Sidney Gilliat

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Gun Camera - RAF Boxted 1944

Gunfire rains down over the landscape targeting enemy vehicles on the ground in this aerial footage, the view from the gun camera of USAAF fighter planes active during World War 2.

13 mins United Kingdom

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Happy Family 1939

Summer 1939, and an ordinary family gets an alarming taste of war to come in this little-known Ealing Studios propaganda short.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Walter Forde

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Health in War 1940

The young, old and infirm are evacuated from Blitz-hit cities in this moving testament to Britain's wartime organisational prowess.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Pat Jackson

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Heroes of Neuve Chapelle 1915

Casualties from the Battle of Neuve Chapelle enjoy their recuperation in Kent.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Heronsdale Manor Harvest 1942

The war seems far away in this pastoral film but suddenly there's a reminder when a flight of Hurricanes pass overhead. Then it's back to the work of feeding the nation.

3 mins United Kingdom

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High Treason (silent version) 1929

A terrorist plot plays out on a backdrop of towering skyscrapers, bullet-railways and silver lamé in this vintage vision of London's future.

75 mins United Kingdom Director. Maurice Elvey

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High Treason (sound version) 1929

Extravagantly-mounted futuristic sci-fi, now with added sound, although still with the world's two power blocs at loggerheads.

67 mins United Kingdom

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Home Front and Home Guard - Wartime Woking 1938

Woking gears up for war in this remarkable film about the Home Guard and its contribution to the town.

10 mins United Kingdom

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A Home Guard Parade and an Inspection by the Duke of Kent 1939

The Duke of Kent visits the Southern Railway's Eastleigh Works in this Home Front film which also shows the local Home Guard on the march and a tank that carries its own bridge.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Horsham Magazine 1934

Wartime Horsham is just one part of this epic film about the Sussex town - with everything from lidos, traffic, air-raid shelters, navvies, cyclists and even circus elephants!

32 mins United Kingdom

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Hospital Nurse 1941

A glamorous young student nurse charms patients and staff alike as she sails through her training.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Francis Searle

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How Kitchener Was Betrayed 1921

Dramatisation of the popular conspiracy theory surrounding the mid-WWI death of Lord Kitchener.

80 mins United Kingdom Director. Percy Nash

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The Hurt Locker 2008 15

Kathryn Bigelow won the Best Director Academy Award in 2010 for this visceral, thrilling story of an American maverick bomb disarmer in Iraq.

131 mins USA Director. Kathryn Bigelow

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If War Should Come 1939

With its soothing Elgar soundtrack and calm commentary, this retrospectively poignant public information film aimed to reassure a pre-war Britain.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Ill Met by Moonlight

Ill Met by Moonlight 1957 U

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s film of the daring WII raid to capture a German commander, with Dirk Bogarde and Marius Goring.

104 mins United Kingdom

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Incendiary Bomb Demonstration 1940

Learn how to deal with incendiary bombs the correct way in this short and fiery film from Sydney Bligh.

3 mins United Kingdom

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Incendiary Bomb Practice 1940

Men and women of the ARP learn how to deal with incendiary bombs, evacuate buildings and rescue the injured from smoke and flames in this fascinating short film from Sydney Bligh.

3 mins United Kingdom

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In the Fog

In the Fog 2012 12

A suspected Nazi collaborator and his Partisan abductors join forces to escape pursuing German forces, in this vibrantly shot war drama.

Germany Director. Sergei Loznitsa

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In the Track of the Zepps 1915

Our chaps can do it again! Meet the brave men who tackled Zeppelin airships for a living during WWI.

United Kingdom

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Introducing Lady Cripps 1944

British aid-worker Lady Isobel Cripps appeals in crystalline tones for funding for Chinese victims of "unbelievable tortures".

1 mins United Kingdom

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In Which We Serve

In Which We Serve 1942 U

Noel Coward and David Lean direct this affecting drama of a Royal Navy crew recalling their lives in flashback, as their ship sinks.

115 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lean, Noël Coward

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I Was a Spy 1933 U

A nurse who doubles as a spy in German-occupied Belgium attracts the attentions of a German commandant.

91 mins United Kingdom Director. Victor Saville

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Kajaki The True Story 2014 15

A unit of British paratroopers in Afghanistan become caught in a minefield, unable to move or help their injured colleagues, in this unbearably tense thriller.

108 mins United Kingdom Director. Paul Katis

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Keep the Home Fires Burning 1916

Two sisters love the same man - one marries him, but the effects of WWI complicate their relationship

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Ethyle Batley

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Lady Be Kind 1941

A resentful landlady changes her ways in this light-hearted tribute to civilian workers 'doing their bit' for the war effort.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Rodney Ackland

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Land and Freedom 1995 15

Ken Loach’s passionate war drama follows an idealistic young Liverpudlian (Ian Hart) who fights for the international brigade during the Spanish Civil War.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Loach

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Law and Disorder 1940

Alastair Sim is in splendid form as a staid, slightly seedy solicitor in this cheerfully patriotic war-time espionage comedy.

74 mins United Kingdom Director. David Macdonald

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'Let Them all Come!' 1916

The scorched remains of a downed “baby-killer” draws half of London to Snail’s Hall Farm near Billericay

2 mins United Kingdom

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Lieutenant Rose and the Chinese Pirates 1910

Lieutenant Rose is kidnapped by Chinese pirates in this action-packed early adventure series.

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Percy Stow

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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943 U

Powell and Pressburger’s masterpiece follows the rise and fall of a career soldier, from dashing and brave young officer in the Boer War to a pompous and old-fashioned Colonel by the time of World War Two.

163 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

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Listen to Britain 1942 U

Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister's masterly collage of the various people and classes of Britain - at home and at work, at war and at peace - is one of the great films of war-time Britain.

United Kingdom Director. Stewart McAllister, Humphrey Jennings

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London Can Take It! 1940 U

Humphrey Jennings and Harry Watt’s famous GPO film is an enduring example of British self-mythology; a hymn to London’s resilience that helped persuade America to join the war.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Harry Watt, Humphrey Jennings

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London Fire Raids 29th-30th December 1940 1940

The devastating firebombing of London in December 1940 is captured in great detail in this extraordinary film showing the work of the London Fire Brigade.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Lord Charles Beresford in France 1916

A military legend on location, and some vertiginous thrills from a balloon.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Report on Italy 1945

Italy takes its first tentative steps towards a postwar future. While Mussolini sits brooding in exile, Italians begin to come to terms with the toll taken by twenty years of Fascism.

20 mins USA

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Pacific Frontiers 1945

A demonstration of America’s power to destroy and rebuild: aerial photographs of a devastated Hiroshima are juxtaposed with images showing the reconstruction of Guam.

20 mins USA

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Justice Comes to Germany 1945

The March of Time cameras capture the drama and tension of a war crimes tribunal in this gripping film of the trial of a Nazi official accused of the murder of a young American airman.

20 mins USA

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Inside the Maginot Line 1938

This issue scooped rival newsreels by venturing deep inside the Maginot Line’s labyrinthine tunnels, to reveal an underground city of French soldiers preparing for war.

20 mins USA

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America Thinks It Over 1939

In a world on the verge of war, will America support the democracies of Europe, or turn inwards and embrace isolationism?

20 mins USA

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Crisis in the Pacific 1940

Two years before the attack on Pearl Harbour, the March of Time warns of the dangers of Japanese aggression in the Pacific: ‘as far east as Hawaii, as far west as Singapore’.

20 mins USA

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Japan - Master of the Orient 1939

A Tokyo cabaret dancer twirls a parasol emblazoned with the Swastika and the Rising Sun: one striking image among many in this 1939 film about the dangers of Japanese aggression.

20 mins USA

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Britain, Peace and Propaganda 1939

The Magna Carta and George Washington’s family tree spearhead a propaganda campaign to win US hearts and minds as Britain prepares for war.

20 mins USA

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Canada 1943

From a London pub to the Alaska Highway, Canada’s influence extends far beyond its border, as shown in this celebration of America’s unique ties with its northern neighbour.

20 mins USA

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British South Africa 1943

South African Prime Minister Jan Smuts delivers a stirring speech in London, watched by an approving Winston Churchill, in this affirmative film about South Africa’s contribution to the war.

20 mins USA

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India at War 1942

A compelling case for the involvement of the United States in Britain’s Indian Empire is made, in this comprehensive survey of the war effort in India.

20 mins USA

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Prelude to Victory 1943

Nominated for an Oscar, this film dramatically depicts the carefully plotted invasion which took Hitler by surprise and led to the defeat of Axis powers in Africa.

20 mins USA

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Mr and Mrs America 1943

Rumour clinics, female garage attendants, scrap metal drives and zoot suits: American society was changing in unexpected ways as the country entered its second year of war.

20 mins USA

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Preparation for Invasion 1943

The invasion of ‘Fortress Europe’ gathers pace in this survey of the Army Service Forces, which explains the plan to send soldiers, materiel and supplies across the Atlantic.

20 mins USA

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Irish Question 1944

In 1944, as America puts pressure on Ireland to suspend diplomatic relations with the Axis powers, this film offers a nuanced and heartfelt defence of Irish neutrality.

20 mins USA

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Backdoor to Toyko 1944

Linking India and China in World War II meant taking on tricky terrain, and an even trickier enemy.

20 mins USA

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Bill Jack vs Adolf Hitler 1943

Free doughnuts, vitamin pills and jazz on the factory floor: this portrait of an Ohio manufacturing company shows how an unorthodox approach to business helped the war effort in 1943.

20 mins USA

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And then Japan 1943

A reconstruction showing the execution of an American airman by Japanese soldiers sets the tone for this 1943 film: a frightening and emotive account of the dangers posed by Japan.

20 mins USA

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Up Beat in Music 1944

From V-Discs and New Hit Kits to Benny Goodman and Aaron Copland: the sounds of America in 1943 lend an upbeat feeling to this survey of a country marching to a wartime tempo.

20 mins USA

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The Marchwood Park Training Centre and Power Boats 1939

Women train for war work at Marchwood Park House in this remarkable film which features camouflaged factories, barrage balloons, gas masks and a netball match.

13 mins United Kingdom

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A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death 1946 U

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s timeless romantic fantasy, with David Niven as an airman trapped between life and death.

104 mins United Kingdom Director. Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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Millions Like Us 1943 PG

The finest example of British wartime fictional propaganda follows a group of women who take on factory work to support the war effort.

103 mins United Kingdom Director. Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder

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Mons 1926

Arrival of the British Army in France

91 mins United Kingdom Director. Walter Summers

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Mother and Child 1940

While Jack Crawford is serving at sea his pregnant wife Alice has access to all the care she needs at the local North London welfare centre.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Frank Sainsbury

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The New Crop 1944

Wartime woodland management: we can do it! Women add their labour to the work of axe and saw.

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Annakin

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Newspaper Train 1942

The story of how newspapers were distributed during the Blitz, stressing the importance of an accurate and objective press on the home front.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Len Lye

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No Hard Feelings 1974

Early directing credit for Alan Parker offering an unsentimental view of wartime London through the eyes of a troubled young man.

55 mins United Kingdom Director. Alan Parker

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Nurse and Martyr 1915

The moving true story of wartime heroine Nurse Edith Cavell, recreated in the aftermath of her execution.

United Kingdom Director. Percy Moran

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One of the Missing

One of the Missing 1968 12

A nightmarish, Gothic American tale directed by a 24-year-old Tony Scott.

26 mins United Kingdom Director. Tony Scott

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Ottershaw 1939 1939

The Giles family makes the most of the last weeks of peace with outings, sports and floral domesticity before ending with antics in an air-raid shelter.

14 mins United Kingdom

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Out of Chaos 1944

"Why in the height of a world war, should there be this terrific interest in painting?"

28 mins United Kingdom Director. Jill Craigie

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Outposts of Empire 1915

British troops try to coax and cajole their pack animals on to a military supply train, but they're stubborn as mules...

1 mins United Kingdom

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Paisà 1946 PG

Roberto Rossellini’s ambitious and enormously moving follow-up to his breakthrough Rome, Open City.

125 mins Italy Director. Roberto Rossellini

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More Canadians Coming! 1915

Welcome help from the Empire! And Pathé's newsreel cameraman is on the spot.

United Kingdom

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"Peril" The Story of the Gotha Raiders 1917

Lively blood and thunder yarn in which German spies try to destroy London's air defences

23 mins United Kingdom

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Peter's Picture Poems 1917

A star-spangled sock on the nose for Kaiser Wilhelm, as this wordplay propaganda cartoon meets war crimes with pun-ishment

3 mins United Kingdom

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Piccadilly Incident 1946 PG

Romance blossoms during an air raid in this classic weepie which enacts a tale of wartime love and loss guaranteed to pluck at the heartstrings.

United Kingdom Director. Herbert Wilcox

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Poppies of Flanders 1927

Powerful wartime drama that sees rivals in love becoming comrades-in-arms in the trenches of the Western Front.

99 mins United Kingdom

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Privates on Parade 1982 15

Musical comedy with John Cleese. In Singapore, 1948, the Song and Dance Unit tour their 'Jungle Jamboree' review.

113 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Blakemore

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Procedures in the event of an enemy attack 1941

If the invader comes these chaps will know what to do! Watch as the men of the Home Guard plan how to defend the fictional town of Onebridge and its surrounding countryside.

16 mins United Kingdom

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Ramsgate Zeppelin Raid 1915

Public anxiety about war from the air is all too real for the people of Ramsgate in this newsreel footage of the aftermath of a Zeppelin raid.

United Kingdom

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Refugees in Shanghai: Their Life and Their Education 1945

Fascinating, sometimes harrowing record of life in camps run by international aid agencies following the bombing of Shanghai by the Japanese.

21 mins United Kingdom

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Road Blocks 1941

Should you ever need to set up a roadblock then watch this film as the West Sussex Home Guard reveal the right and the wrong way to stop the Hun in his tracks.

14 mins United Kingdom

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Rome, Open City

Rome, Open City 1945 12

Roberto Rossellini’s landmark of Italian neorealism often cited as one of the greatest films ever made.

103 mins Italy Director. Roberto Rossellini

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Saboteur 1942 PG

A factory worker is framed for sabotage and forced on the run in Hitchcock’s fast-moving thriller, with its famous finale atop the Statue of Liberty.

109 mins USA Director. Alfred Hitchcock

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Sea Fort 1940

Surrounded by water and manned to defend the coastline, sea forts were remote outposts of Britain’s home front.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Ian Dalrymple

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The Sea Shall Not Have Them 1955 U

After their aircraft is shot down, four military men cast adrift must struggle to survive in this gripping WWII drama.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Lewis Gilbert

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Secret Agent 1936 PG

Long before James Bond, Alfred Hitchcock tried the story of a suave spy.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. Alfred Hitchcock

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Seeing the New Year In 1915

A boisterous band of Allied troops makes merry in the face of an uncertain future.

United Kingdom

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A Sevenoaks Scrapbook
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A Sevenoaks Scrapbook 1937

They're on the march in wartime Sevenoaks in this delightful wartime film from the Sevenoaks Cine Society. There are speeches, parades and even fun and games for the kids.

16 mins United Kingdom

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Shanghai China - Personal Film 1 - C. 1937 1937

Gruesome home movie scenes of metropolitan Shanghai brought to its knees in the first major battle of the Second Sino-Japanese War.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Sharps and Flats 1915

The Bamforth Company translate their saucy seaside postcard humour into film comedy.

United Kingdom Director. Cecil Birch

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Ships with Wings (Film Trailer)
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Ships with Wings (Film Trailer) 1941

A trailer for Ealing's wartime drama "Ships with Wings", an all-star actioner about the Navy's Fleet Air Arm.

2 mins United Kingdom

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The Silent Village 1943

The villagers of Cwmgiedd re-enact a Nazi massacre in Czechoslovakia, in Humphrey Jennings’ unforgettable propaganda film.

36 mins United Kingdom Director. Humphrey Jennings

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Slaughterhouse-Five 1972 15

This adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel follows Billy Pilgrim’s journeys in time as he flits between WWII Dresden and a future on planet Tralfamadore.

104 mins USA Director. George Roy Hill

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Somme 1927

Dramatic reconstruction of the Somme

90 mins United Kingdom Director. M.A. Wetherell

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The Spy in Black 1939 U

A masterful thriller with true flair, The Spy In Black has a much larger importance: it threw Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger together for the first time.

77 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell

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The Lads of the Village 1919

Humour and adventure as the returning heroes of an English village recount their exploits in the Mesopotamian war.

44 mins United Kingdom Director. Harry Lorraine

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The Most Beautiful

The Most Beautiful 1944 U

Akira Kurosawa’s artful propaganda film provides a fascinating portrait of female volunteer workers in an optics factory during wartime.

85 mins Japan Director. Akira Kurosawa

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The Warrior Strain 1920

Young Lord Billy sniffs out sneaky German marauders in this flag-waving war drama - thrills for British boys, 1919-style.

50 mins United Kingdom

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Tommy's Tinder Box 1915

How to light your fag the old-fashioned way: tinder boxes are made for soldiers at the Front, replacing matches in the rain-soaked trenches.

United Kingdom

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The Tower of Terror 1941 PG

Action-packed spy thriller about three outsiders holed up in a Heligoland lighthouse in wartime Germany.

78 mins United Kingdom Director. Lawrence Huntington

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A Town Like Alice 1956 PG

An Englishwoman is captured by Japanese forces during WWII and befriends an Australian POW, in this gritty adaptation of Nevile Shute’s novel.

117 mins United Kingdom Director. Jack Lee

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Training Drills and Parades in Woking
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Training Drills and Parades in Woking 1943

Woking's Home Guard strut their stuff in this sensational mix of training film and social record - with weapons, explosions, rope bridges and lots of climbing over barbed wire.

19 mins United Kingdom

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The Triple Echo 1972

Oliver Reed and Glenda Jackson star in the rarely seen drama about an AWOL soldier who disguises as a woman to avoid capture.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Apted

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Two Thousand Women (Film Trailer)
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Two Thousand Women (Film Trailer) 1944

A pacy trailer for Launder and Gilliat's 2000 Women, about incarcerated women who hide a British airman.

2 mins United Kingdom

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VE Day at Manston Grove and Potato Planting
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VE Day at Manston Grove and Potato Planting 1945

There's Victory jollity aplenty and a sumptuous banquet, despite rationing, for the children of Manston, Kent. We also see potato-girls in action and a mini-baby boom.

15 mins United Kingdom

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Village life in wartime Cobham
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Village life in wartime Cobham 1944

You'd never know there was a war on in sleepy Cobham until you see the soldiers - otherwise life goes on at a slow pace in this beautifully bucolic corner of Kent.

10 mins United Kingdom

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The Volunteer 1943

Entertaining and evocative Fleet Air Arm drama-doc propaganda piece, written and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

46 mins United Kingdom Director. Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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War Front 1941

An engaging snapshot of the busy home front, as framed by the lenses of photojournalists.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. John Eldridge

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Warn That Man 1943 PG

Nazi agents are pitted against a gang of plucky Brits in this exciting comedy-thriller set in a country house where danger awaits a visiting VIP.

82 mins United Kingdom Director. Lawrence Huntington

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Wartime Harvesting 1944

World War II's Food Front is seen here in the fields of Kent as farmers labour to get the harvest in on time. By way of entertainment, a barrage balloon sinks majestically to earth.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Wartime Savings Rally, Winchester and Home Guard
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Wartime Savings Rally, Winchester and Home Guard 1940

Wartime Winchester is the star of this film, which includes military marches, Home Guard exercises and an outdoor boxing match staged by the American Army.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Waterloo Road 1945 PG

John Mills is the soldier who goes AWOL upon hearing of his wife’s affair, returning home to confront Stewart Granger’s home-wrecking spiv.

76 mins United Kingdom Director. Sidney Gilliat

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The Way Ahead

The Way Ahead 1944 U

A stirring wartime drama about seven ordinary men who become a formidable fighting force.

91 mins United Kingdom Director. Carol Reed

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The Way We Live 1946

This stylish film shows the cramped life of one family in post-war Plymouth, and expands on the contentious plans for the city's rebuilding.

64 mins United Kingdom Director. Jill Craigie

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The Weaker Sex 1948

Housewives do their bit in WWII

84 mins United Kingdom Director. Roy Ward Baker

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A Welcome to Britain 1943

Britain for beginners... or Americans, at least. An information film explaining the wonders of Britain to new American arrivals during WWII.

55 mins United Kingdom Director. Burgess Meredith, Anthony Asquith

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Welwyn Garden City - The War Years
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Welwyn Garden City - The War Years 1939

A great example of ‘despite war, life continues’, Welwyn Garden City residents continue with annual traditions, festive occasions and celebrations, during wartime.

15 mins United Kingdom

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West Sussex Home Guard 2
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West Sussex Home Guard 2 1941

Dastardly Nazi fifth-columnists get short shrift in this film showing the Home Guard defence tactics - which include pulling down a German paratrooper's trousers!

18 mins United Kingdom

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West Sussex Home Guard 1 1941

There's a wrong way and a right way to deal with Nazi spies and fifth-columnists - as you'll see in this this hilarious colour film starring the Home Guard and various Nazi rotters.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Wings for Victory Week 1943

The great and the good assemble to open Banstead ATC's new headquarters followed by a Wings for Victory Week parade with cadets, bands, armoured cars and enthusiastic civilians.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Woking Reaches its Target and Military Marches
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Woking Reaches its Target and Military Marches 1944

Over £680,000 is raised by Wartime Woking in this film from 1944 which features women on parade, Air Training Corps cadets and the Home Guard.

16 mins United Kingdom

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Yesterday Is Over Your Shoulder
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Yesterday Is Over Your Shoulder 1940

A rousing government call for men to retrain as skilled engineers to help with the war effort.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Thorold Dickinson

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Ypres 1925

Battle film made as a memorial to the dead of WWI, documenting events at Ypres using reconstructed and genuine footage.

63 mins United Kingdom

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