British Expeditionary Force commander and Field Marshal, Sir Douglas Haig, debarks from a smaller ship onto a dock in Dover in December 1918, soon after the signing of the armistice ending World War 1. White cliffs of Dover seen briefly in background behind a large ship. Victorious Marshal Haig is met by Vice-Admiral Sir Roger Keyes. A man with a royal mace stands behind the officers. British Royal Navy Guard of Honor band in white helmets plays as Commander Haig and Commander Keyes pass by the assembled forces. Civilians are lined up behind the military forces to welcome home Field Marshal Haig.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Lloyd George arrives at Downing Street in London, England during World War I. United Kingdom Prime Minister David Lloyd George gets off from a car. People crowd on the street. British Union Leader Arthur Henderson gets off from a car. People stand in the background. Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Arthur James Balfour in a car. A man opens a door of the car. The former Prime Minister gets out from the car.
Germany's successive attack over England during World War II. German soldiers observe papers at a desk and prepare for direct invasion over England. The soldiers observe back lighted reconnaissance photos with a magnifying glass and observe forms of ships. A German pilot inside an aircraft in flight low near the coast of Dover, Portsmouth, and Plymouth. A German torpedo boat, or Schnellboots aka S-boot or S-boat, at sea running at high speed. German sailors and officers on the deck of a Schnellboots torpedo boat. German Army paratroopers in training for jumps. German paratroopers jump from simulated aircraft at low height, and hanging from wires, as they practice landing and rolling. German paratroopers at the open door of an aircraft and jumping in a line from the aircraft in flight. A number of parachutes in the air. A sketch shows the layers of British defensive positions from the coast inward. British flying boat over water. Gun turret of flying boat in action. A British ship in the rough North Sea during a squall storm. British sailors in mine laying operation drop large round naval contact mines with protruding Hertz horns visible, into the sea. Booms with steel submarine nets in front of a British harbor to catch submarines and surface craft.
Dover, United Kingdom: The town of Dover in Kent. Men, women and children move to underground shelters. Women play cards and knit. German artillery fired. British soldiers amid ruins. Calais, France: Calais under the Canadians. Man cleans a room. Destroyed bridges. Canadians evacuated across the Calais Canal. Men, women, children, and wounded civilians helped across the canal by soldiers. Wounded lifted into military ambulances. A woman holds her wounded child. Allied airplanes drop bombs over enemy territory. Explosion and smoke due to bombardment. Soldiers examine German artillery and coastal guns. A white flag put up at a surrendered German post.
U.S. Air Force airmen sightseeing in Trafalgar Square area of London. Airmen stand next to Duke of Wellington equestrian statue at Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and look up at Bank of England building. Scene changes to the White Cliffs of Dover. British farms. Paintings of historic British maritime ships and activity. Animated map of British seaborne trade routes. A British port with meat and coffee imports, and coal and manufactured goods being exported. A ship being loaded with British goods.
The battle of Britain. German aircraft bomb British ships near Dover, England. Explosions on ships. British Spitfire fighter airplane seen in flight. Gun camera views of British fighter aircraft shooting down German bombers. Tower of London and surroundings on Thames River. British antiaircraft guns firing. Huge swath of London ablaze from German bombing. Destroyed buildings and rubble from bombing in London. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit with citizens in the bombed areas. Winston Churchill (smoking cigar) tours bombed area of London. Smoking ruins and destruction in London. Remaining shell of the destroyed Coventry Cathedral.