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Buildings and a cathedral are damaged due to bombing of London, Britain and bomb geysers near ships in the English Channel.

Areas of England are bombed during the Battle of Britain of World War II. Smoke rises from a bombed portion of Coventry following a blitzkrieg or blitz attack by the German Lutwaffe over London and other cities in England. British enlisted men and civilians walk around bombed buildings. Debris and rubble in the foreground. The bombed and gutted St Michaels Cathedral (Coventry Cathedral) in Coventry, West Midlands, England. Military men look at the devastation and effects of the bombing. A bomb demolished building in the foreground. Rubble and debris on the streets in other British cities. Civilians walk through the ruins of the bombed buildings. Scene changes to English Channel as bombs hit near an unidentified British ship. German aircraft in formation fly through flak bursts. Bomb bursts near the stern of a ship in the English Channel. The Cliffs of Dover in the background. German bombing near three British merchant ships in the English Channel. The coastline of the English Channel in the background.

Date: 1940
Duration: 1 min 1 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
German aircraft are shot down after attacking British Merchant Shipping vessels in the English Channel during World War 2

German air attack on British ships in the English Channel during Battle of Britain in World War II. British ships underway in the English Channel. German Stukas in flight. Explosions occur at sea as German aircraft bombard a British merchant convoy. British Royal Air Force Hurricane aircraft fly across camera. Vapor trails in the sky. RAF Hurricane aircraft being shot down. British soldiers look at a wrecked German Junkers 88 dive bomber aircraft.

Date: 1940, August 5
Duration: 2 min 2 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
German Stuka dive bombers bomb British Naval ships in the English Channel in Western Europe.

German Stuka dive bombers shell British Naval ships in the English Channel. Stukas drop bombs on British Naval ships and British spotters. British fire pompom guns. The bombs hit water close to the ships and aircraft carriers. The bombs are released from the plane and drop towards the sea. They explode near a ship which swerves to avoid them. Waves of Stuka fly high in the sky. A pilot in a cockpit. An aerial view of a plane dropping a series of bombs. Huge explosions as a bomb hits a wooden bridge. (World War II period).

Date: 1940
Duration: 3 min 42 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
Britain attempts to recover its defensive capabilities following equipment losses in the evacuation at Dunkirk, France, in World War II

Opening scene shows a cathedral and houses near the English Channel coast in World War 2. German troops, part of a force of 100 Divisions, are seen advancing through French towns toward the coast. A German army band leads some. Others march through the countryside. Close-up of some ot the marchers, along with a Sd.Kfz.9 Half-Track pulling an artillery field piece. A column of German army trucks raising dust on a French country road and many waiting in line to cross a canal. A covered German halftrack pulling a covered trailer across a partially collapsed bridge. View from a moving railroad train with German troops and one manning an MG-08 machine gun on an open flat car. German soldiers in a "bucket brigade" passing cargo, including jerry cans, being off-loaded from a German Junkers Ju-52 transport plane at a grass airfield in France. A German Krupp K5 railway gun being run up an elevated rail. Imaginative animated map showing Nazi-dominated Europe in contrast to the British Isles. British troops marching. Change of scene to the beachhead at Dunkirk, France, during the mass evacuation of British forces ahead of approaching German armies. View from a British Destroyer of troops wading out through the water towards it. Close-up of two British soldiers being pulled from the water onto a boat, by two men in fowl weather gear. In skies above, British and German aircraft are engaged in aerial dogfights. A British Destroyer filled with soldiers evacuated from Dunkirk. Vickers/Maxim Octuple QF 2-pounder Mark VIII guns being fired by a British warship. British soldiers, some covered with oil, on the deck of a destroyer. Scene shifts to armor and weapons abandoned by the retreating British forces, including trucks, tanks, anti-aircraft guns and armored cars. Scene shifts to England where rescued soldiers begin ascending a gangway from the crowded deck of a warship to a pier above. Smiling British soldiers relaxing as they arrive on a pier. Many rescued soldiers getting organized on land. Narrator mentions that the losses of war materiel leave Britain short of its needs. Soldiers standing around a British Infantry Tank Mk.III Valentine. Soldiers manning a coastal defense machine gun position. Views of the British English Channel coastline. A British battleship (or Battle Cruiser) showing two forward triple gun turrets, is seen underway, ahead of an aircraft carrier. Silhouetted distance views of several British destroyers, and closer view on one escorting a supply shiip. (Narrator notes the British navy was absorbed in protecting supply lines all over the globe.) Animated map illustrates the overwhelming superiority of German Air Forces directed against Britain. view of British airfield displaying flag with Union Jack and RAF roundel. Several RAF personnel stand around an Avro Anson twin engine airplane, parked on the ramp. Several Supermarine Spitfire aircraft are seen parked on an airfield. Close-up of two flying in formation. View of St. Paul's Cathedral in the heart of London, England. British people are seen in a city and at home engaged in ordinary activities, scrubbing floors, chatting over drinks at a Pub, and waiting on a customer in a lady's shop. A farmer tends sheep in a field next to a church, where he converses with the Vicar. A baby crawls across pavement to his mother who reaches out from a doorway. New recruits in uniform mingle with people on a sidewalk. Mature women in uniform walk along with British Army officers in uniform. British sailor and an officer walk past the camera. A boy and older men at work in a field. Four businessmen dressed in civilian clothes are next seen in military uniforms, shouldering rifles. Home Guard civilians carrying rifles are trained in close order drills on a lawn. A home guard man points to a drawing of a tank as he asks a question during an outdoor training session. Recruits watch demonstrations with Browning M1917 water-cooled machine gun, and hand grenade launcher on Enfield rifle. A recruit takes his turn firing a single round (to save ammunition) from a Thompson M1921 submachine gun. He hands the weapon back to the instructor and returns to his place.

Date: 1940
Duration: 3 min 15 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Air attacks on Britain by Germany and the counter-attack by British Royal Air Force during Battle of Britain in World War II.

British defense against German aerial warfare in Battle of Britain during World War 2. A British soldier looks through binoculars and another soldier sits. A soldier on a tank. German planes in flight above the English Channel. The planes drop bombs on the British ships. Explosions in the water of the English Channel. Royal Air force (RAF) pilots are scrambled on alert and run towards their planes. The planes take off. British planes attack the German planes. A German plane falls in the ocean. Damaged German plane. 180 more German planes put to attack. A pictorial representation shows the places in England attacked by Germany. Explosions on the ground. Various British Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft in the air and on the ground. German attacks on Southampton and British ports. German bomber aircraft dropping bombs on British airfields, but British aircraft seen hidden individually near farms and homes and not grouped together in order to evade destruction by German Luftwaffe bombing campaigns.

Date: 1940, August 8
Duration: 5 min 46 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. officer explains Successful German invasion of France ending with Allies trapped at Dunkirk in World war II

With the help of an animated wall-size map, an American Army Lieutenant Colonel intelligence officer explains details of the German successful breakthough to France during May, 1940, in World War 2. The map depicts the opposing German and Allied lines after the German advances through Belgium and the low countries, and the officer shows their surprise assault through the Ardennes, across the Meuse River and into France, where they shattered the French 9th Army. The map is animated and illustrates as the Officer narrates the events, which end with the successful advance across France to the port of Abbeville, on the Somme River. The subsequent German operations forced British and French forces into an untenable position backed to the English Channel at Dunkirk, France.

Date: 1940, May
Duration: 3 min 50 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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