Prime Minister Winston Churchill, accompanied by Lady Churchill and several officials, visits Bristol, April,12, 1941, the day after the so-called "Good Friday bombing raid."
Churchill pauses to contribute to a charity being represented by a uniformed sailor. He takes a small token of his contribution from the sailor's box and pins it to his coat collar. He speaks with some women lining the sidewalk, and pats the head of a small child held up to him by one of the women. Next, Winston, and Lady Clementine Churchill, speak with a woman, standing near some rubble, as a British officer takes a snapshot. The Churchills, and other members of their party, make their way through some rubble, past several bombed buildings. Several citizens take photographs. Scene shifts the University of Bristol's Wills Memorial Building on Park Street. University officials and faculty in academic robes inside the building. At the center of the ceremonial activities, is Winston Churchill, Chancellor of the University, who presides over the awarding of Honorary degrees to American Ambassador, John Gilbert Winant, and Australian Prime Minister, Robert Gordon Menzies. Churchill is later seen leaving the Memorial Building, flanked by the honors recipients, Winant and Menzies.
Crowds cheer Prime Minister Winston churchill during his visit to Bristol, England, during the Blitz. He is greeted by Nurses and staff in the courtyard of a hospital. Accompanied by Lord Mayor of Bristol, Alderman Thomas Underwood, he inspects a contingent of Home Guard. Churchill removes his hat and waves it. He then walks rapidly across a square followed by his entourage. The lord Mayor points out a set of three photographs held by a man. (These are not distinguishable). Churchill's daughter Sarah and her mother, Lady Churchill, are right behind him. Closeup of American Ambassador to the Court of St. James, John Gilbert Winant, who is part of the Prime Minister's party. Citizens wave as Churchill and the Lord Mayor sit high in the back of an open car driving along the street. Bomb damaged buildings in background. Closeup from moving car of enthusiastic young women cheering the Prime Minister. Churchill walking down a city street surrounded by crowds, holds his hat high above, balancing it on his walking stick. View from car approaching women in middle of the street, waving British flags. Churchill, surrounded by well-wishers, walking rapidly along a sidewalk with cigar in his mouth. He removes his hat and waves it. Many spectators waving (most are women). One shakes his hand as he speeds past her. Workers standing near scaffolding, set up to repair a building, pause to wave at the Prime Minister. Churchill with cigar in mouth and hat raised, is caught in a crush of well-wishers,
Bristol Beaufighter taking off for trial flight in a factory in England. Three Beaufighters in air. Bristol Beaufighter plane flying in air.
Engines of Bristol Beaufighter being attached in a factory in England. Girls working in factory.
A man in Home Guard uniform at work in a factory in England. Fuselage of plane being attached to wing center section. Scenes inside fuselage of Night fighter. Women working at fuselage. Planes being finished off. Man working on engine.
Nazi crimes against the nations of the world during World War II. View of the Peace Treaty between Germany and Yugoslavia which was signed on 1st June, 1939. The treaty breached on 6th April 1941, Germany launched a massive attack on Yugoslavia. German troops attack and advance. A map shows that most of the Europe was in the hands of Germany by 1941. View of September 27, 1940 signing ceremonies in Berlin of the Tripartite (Axis) Pact between Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan. Hitler and axis leaders shake hands and pose at pact signing table. Joachim von Ribbentrop signing the Axis Pact. Scene of German tank treads close-up rolling over battlefield and wider view of German armor and troops in June 1941 invading Russia, in violation of their non-agression pact. Nazi forces enter Russian territory. Wehrmacht forces setup and fire artillery at Russia. German rocket launchers fire rockets at Russian targets. Ground and aerial views of formations of German Luftwaffe aircraft on bombing runs. Between August-September 1941, Luftwaffe conducts blitzkrieg raids (blitz) on Great Britain. View of British landmarks like St Paul's Cathedral dome and Tower Bridge. Aerial views as Luftwaffe fighter aircraft roll and dive toward targets. British spotlights and search lights on the ground sweeping and catching German aircraft in their light beams. British anti aircraft batteries open fire on German planes over England. Alternating views of German plane point of view bombing England with bright flashes of light and explosions on the ground, and British anti-aircraft fire filling the air. Ground views in England of buildings on fire from blitz bombing, and fire fighters moving to deploy fire hoses and extinguish fires. Flaming buildings collapse from bombs and fire. Whole blocks of buildings on fire. Scene change to December 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. U.S. Navy ships bombed and on fire in Pearl Harbor.