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Birmingham, England 1943 stock footage and images

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WWII scenes in Britain and Scotland; countryside, industrial cities, castles, shipyards and a factory making ammunition

World War 2 activities of the British in Great Britain. Industrial areas in Britain with opening shot of steel mill area, heaps of coal, and smoke pollution pouring from industrial stacks. An advertisement shows old country towns in Southern England. Other advertisements show Dunkeld Cathedral and a country vacation in Southern California. The countryside with bucolic fields and pasture scenes in view. Cattle grazing in a field. Exterior wide view of steel mills of Sheffield. A village with a flowing stream. Old castles in England. A shipyard on the River Clyde with ships anchored. Old cathedrals. Industrial cities of Birmingham, Glasgow, and Manchester are shown with aerial and elevated views of industrial stacks and smoke from industry. A train passes by an industrial plan in Leeds. Interior views of a small war materiel munitions factory in which British men work making war ammunition, shells, and ordnance.

Date: 1943
Duration: 1 min 33 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: English
 
 
Convoy for the Sicily Invasion- Operation Husky- Convoy UGF.9

Filmed from the destroyer USS Nelson, DD-623, in convoy of warships bound for Sicily invasion in World War 2. Operation Husky- Convoy UGF.9 leaving Hampton Roads, Va. en route to Oran. Forward view of destroyer USS Nelson, DD-623's bow, with stern view of the light cruiser USS Birmingham, CL-62. Looking forward starboard view of the light cruiser USS Birmimgham, CL-62. Forward view of the destroyer USS Nelson's bow with crew sending message line over to the light cruiser USS Birmingham. Forward starboard quarter of the light cruiser USS Birmingham. Starboard side of bow of the light cruiser USS Birmingham. Starboard side view of the light cruiser USS Birmingham. Starboard side view of the attack transport USS James O'hara, APA-90. Starboard side view of the stores ship USS Tarazed, AF-13. Aft view of the destroyer USS Nelson with convoy in background. Signalman controls the starboard signal light with convoy in background.

Date: 1943, June
Duration: 1 min 58 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Technician demonstrates the expanding and closing sidewall canvas of Sherman Tank Duplex Drive at a factory

Sherman Medium M4 Tank Duplex Drive. The Sherman DD- A report to the Commanding General, European Theater of Operations. Sherman Duplex Drive (DD) in water. Four soldiers on Sherman. Sherman covered with canvas. Technician at Metropolitan Cammel Midlands factory works on the Sherman. Gauges on tank. Machines on tank. Canvas side wall goes up. Technician puts struts into place. The canvas expands. He pushes a lever and the canvas goes down. Barrel of artillery visible. He turns its barrel. (Note: filmed at Metropolitan Cammel Midlands factory, Birmingham, England who built and designed the DD equipment to be fitted to U.S. built Sherman tanks. As it is a prototype, the air controls are not in the same place as on production machines.)

Date: 1943
Duration: 4 min 8 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
African American WACS of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion march in formation after arrival in Birmingham England.

African American women soldiers of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, nicknamed “Six Triple Eight", Women's Army Corps (WACS), march in formation on February 15, 1945, during World War 2. Location is Birmingham, England, United Kingdom, at the time of the unit's arrival in Birmingham. A military band of male soldiers precedes the group of marching WACS. The long column of African American WACS, marching 4 deep, is led by commanding officer Major Charity Adams. Close up views of the women marching. WACS in front of the unit carry the American flag in the procession.

Date: 1945, February 15
Duration: 51 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
African-American WACS pass in review before Major Charity Adams and General John C H Lee during World War II.

During World War 2, African American women soldiers of the Women's Army Corps (WACS) stand in formation at a parade ground in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom, during a formal military review on February 15, 1945. The women are from the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, nicknamed “Six Triple Eight, which had just arrived in Birmingham. The WACS' commanding officer, Major Charity Adams, stands beside General John C.H. Lee. The African-American female soldiers of the WACS march in a column, eight deep, passing by General John CH Lee and Major Charity Adams, who salute the soldiers. Other male officers stand on the review stand behind officers Lee and Adams. Note: Major Charity Adams (Charity Edna Adams; later Charity Adams Earley) was the first African-American woman officer in the WACS, and, at the end of the war, then Lieutenant Colonel Adams was the highest ranking African-American woman in the United States military.

Date: 1945, February 15
Duration: 1 min 1 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Testing of bomb proof Air Raid Shelters in Birmingham, England.

Scene of dome shaped kiosks named Air Raid Shelters in Birmingham, England. A woman enters inside. Man closing gate of kiosk. A bomb explodes and then woman come out of the kiosk. Winston Churchill with other officials watching. People going near the kiosks.

Date: 1939, February
Duration: 28 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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