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.
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Coal mining, valleys, sheep farming and castles all feature in this highly stereotyped portrait of Wales during the Second World War.
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A wartime propaganda film focusing on Wales, ‘Cymru’ uses cuts from similar films to paint a morale boosting picture of a nation considered to be a vital cog in Britain’s ‘total war’ machinery. It takes the audience on a journey from coal mines deep in the Welsh valleys to the munitions factory floor, the viewer is left in no doubt of the Welsh people’s great endeavour.