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Battle of Britain scenes: German planes bomb British shipping lanes and London, and Winston Churchill inspects the ruined city

Scenes of German aerial blitzkrieg attacks in United Kingdom during World War 2. The battle of Britain begins on August 8, 1940: British ships underway at sea. German warplanes in flight. The German aircraft drop bombs. Ships explode. Explosions and smoke rise. Anti aircraft guns are fired at German planes. German plane is shot down. Houses and buildings burn. Scenes of devastation in London in the months September through November of 1940 as German day and night raids continues. Ruins and damaged buildings, cathedrals, and homes. British school children are evacuated in buses to outlying areas and other countries. British boys and girls are seen waving goodbye, loading into buses, and the children are then seen in transit out of the city for their safety. Blitzkrieg bombing damage scenes in England are shown. Firemen douse fire. View of fires in London from Luftwaffe Blitz. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill inspects the ruined city and talks with workers and firemen. Views of Londoners, smiling and cheering with spirit of triumph over evil during World War II.

Date: 1940, August 8
Duration: 2 min 27 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
German blitz attacks on London and rescue of people from ruins of buildings in Britain.

Blitzkrieg attack on London by Germany during World War II beginning in September 1940. Scenes of London city. Soldiers help civilians to move to safety underground in air raid shelters. A building is evacuated. A man talks over a telephone reporting incoming German aircraft. Officers watch through binoculars. German planes over the city. British pilots in aircraft defend the city. British people at a station platform. A train arrives. German planes drop bombs. Aerial bombs away views of bombs falling from German bombers, and views of German pilots in cockpit, and from point of view of German pilots. View of damaged buildings in London, rubble, and devastation. Men around the remains of the damaged buildings. Ruins of shops, homes, churches. A man drives a car. British people work in a factory continuing the war manufacturing effort. People at an air raid shelter. A man plays a harmonica to entertain civilians in the crowded air raid shelter. Doctors operate on a casualty. Soldiers rescue people from ruins of blitz damaged buildings. They spray fire hoses on a building. Men take a break from clearing rubble and drink beer from glasses at the base of a ladder. A girl sits outside a damaged house and pets a cat. Civilians gather as the King George V! and Queen of England visit citizens amidst the rubble.

Date: 1940, September
Duration: 4 min 3 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
London Fire Raid response to German incendiary blitzkrieg attacks of December 29-30, 1940.

London is hit by incendiary bombs for the first time during the London Blitz. Nazi incendiary bombs fall and fires break out at night. View from Saint Paul's Cathedral of buildings set on fire by incendiaries. Firemen spray water on the buildings. A central switch board handles fire reports and assigns equipment to various sectors. A woman talks over a telephone. A large map is displayed in front of the room. A woman moves pegs on a pegboard, assigning firefighting equipment to parts of London. The pegboard reads 'no. of appliances available'.

Date: 1940, December 29
Duration: 2 min 49 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth speak to civilians and look at bombed buildings following Nazi blitz air attack in London, England.

London in Britain is bombed during the Battle of Britain of World War II. Two men on a hydraulic ladder fighting fire. Smoke rises from the burning buildings following aerial blitzkrieg bombardment by the Nazi German Luftwaffe. Fire blazes out from the roof of a building. Smoke in the background. Firemen with fire hoses direct the water at a door way and upper windows. Heavy smoke billows from the upper windows. Buildings in the background. Bombed and fire gutted buildings. Smoke in the background. A man with a fire hose directs water at a demolished building. Rubble and debris on the streets due to the bombings. British King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom look at the bombed buildings with other civilians. The bomb damaged buildings. The King and the Queen talk to a British civilian wearing a helmet. Bombed and fire gutted buildings in London include a wing of Buckingham Palace, with damage to the wing shown. The firemen direct fire hose streams of water on bombed and gutted buildings.

Date: 1940
Duration: 55 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
White Russian, Anna de Wolkoff, at work in her Haut couture Boutique in London, England.

The Haut couture Boutique of White Russian Anna de Wolkoff (aka Anna Nikolayevna Wolkova), daughter of Admiral Nikolai Wolkoff, the Imperial Russian Naval Attache in London, who remained there after the Bolshevik revolution. She pins underlayment fabric on a customer and then has her assistant bring a roll of dress fabric which de Wolkoff drapes and folds, to create a new gown for her customer. The assistant comments about having trouble finding matching fabrics. Anna De Wolkoff suggests a shop in Herald Square, where she used to go when she was a "matching girl." Three takes are repeated during this film. In the last one, the garment is beginning to take final shape. (Note: Anna de Wolkoff was arrested on 20 May 1940 and charged with violating the Official Secrets Act. She was tried, convicted,and sentenced, On 7 November 1940, to 10 years imprisonment for "attempting to assist the enemy.")

Date: 1937
Duration: 2 min 38 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: English
 
 
UK PM David George,British Union Leader Arthur Henderson and former UK PM Arthur Balfour at Downing Street in London,England.

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.

Date: 1918
Duration: 30 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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