The IWM Film Archive is the oldest film archive in the UK, holding over 20,000 hours of film, video and digital material and covering the two World Wars and all conflicts involving British or Commonwealth Forces since the start of the Twentieth Century to the present. Our collection also reflects aspects of civilian life in wartime, military life in peacetime, military exercises and operations.
This film is part of Free
Heavier Than Air
An instructional film informing the British public how to act in the event of a gas attack during the Second World War.
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The potential use of gas on the home front was clearly of great concern to many and, like conventional bombing, had an impact on everyday life in Britain. The use of gas during the First World War made this threat seem all the more plausible. Although gas was never deployed against British civilians this film demonstrates the high level of planning that took place to counter this very real threat.