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Techniques Of Bomb Disposal II
Fascinating, technical military film made during the Blitz showing how to deal with unexploded bombs in London.
Training film/TV programme 1942 36 mins
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This film follows Mr Ambrose’s bomb disposal team dealing with unexploded ordinance during the Blitz, starting with a 1,000 kilo bomb in a damp pit in Victoria Park. It’s very technical, as you might expect given the explosive nature of what is being dealt with, and shows how much work each unexploded bomb required. The technical detail is extraordinary, showing this was challenging, exhausting and dangerous work, often taking place in very difficult conditions.
We see first how the team cope with a huge bomb in damp ground in Victoria Park, then a much smaller bomb, containing gas, in Richmond Park, followed by a bomb in 42 Avondale Square off the Old Kent Road, opposite a munitions factory. Each presents a different challenge to the men involved. Includes several good scenes of London during the war, including parks and the interior of a doomed terraced house in south London.
Life Under Fire
Activities Pictured at Littleover First Aid Post
Amateur film 1939 16 mins Silent Location: Littleover
An air raid could come at any moment and Derby had to be ready to deal with the casualties. The people of Littleover were so well prepapred they filmed one of their exercises.
Ibberson Family and VE Day
Home movie 1945 17 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
Whether it’s the height of the war or its aftermath makes no difference to these children enjoying themselves: at the seaside, on V E Day and around the bomb sites of Sheffield.
Welwyn Garden City - The War Years
Amateur film 1939 15 mins Silent Location: Welwyn Garden City
A great example of ‘despite war, life continues’, Welwyn Garden City residents continue with annual traditions, festive occasions and celebrations, during wartime.
U.S. And Us
Advert 1943 2 mins
An American G.I. learns how to brew a proper English cuppa in this jolly wartime ad for Maypole tea.
What Is One among So Many?
Documentary 1943 17 mins Silent
"A bomb's cut the gas off. Where can we get a meal?" Look no further than the Friends Relief Service.
Family Album to Entertain
Amateur film 1940 14 mins Silent Location: Broadwater
Life in Broadwater seems unaffected by the war in this film - especially when friends and relations drop by - though a closer look reveals that all is not quite what it seems.
Documentary 1955 16 mins Location: Westminster
Discover the history of the Thames River Police with a rather different tour of London's iconic river.
Trade Union March & Bethnal Green Carnival
Amateur film 1969 3 mins Silent Location: Westminster
Take to the streets for a trade union march on the Victoria Embankment and joyous carnival scenes in Bethnal Green.
London to Margate
Amateur film 1947 8 mins Silent Location: Tower Hamlets
Set sail with the Cambridge Camera Club as they take to the Thames for a post-war day out at Margate.
Thames Scenes Procession in East End Tower Bridge
Amateur film 1933 8 mins Silent Location: Tower Hamlets
Whistle stop tour of the Thames' iconic locations, followed by crowds, eels and strongmen in the East End.
This England - London Scenes and Life
Amateur film 1934 14 mins Silent Location: London
From the Tower of London to Hyde Park Corner, this is a wonderful short sharp tour of several London landmarks.
British Movietone News No. 854 Dock Strike
News 1945 1 mins Location: London
A newsreel announcer is unimpressed with London’s striking dockers in this short film from 1945.
Pall Mall and Hyde Park Corner
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent Location: London
Capital scenes thanks to Victorian filmmakers
Afternoon Tea in the Garden of Clarence House
Non-Fiction 1897 0 mins Silent
Members of Queen Victoria's extended family being natural for the cameras
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee (Prince Edward)
1897 0 mins
Jubilee Procession: Leeds
Non-Fiction 1897 3 mins
Dogs in the Surf
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent
Victorian pooches at play
Royal Leinster Regiment Halifax
1900 1 mins Silent
A brisk drill on a cold winter's day
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