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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
 
 
Tripartite (Axis) Pact signed between Germany, Italy and Japan; Nazi German invasion attacks in Yugoslavia, Russia, England

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, United Kingdom of buildings on fire from London blitz bombing, and British 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.

Date: 1941
Duration: 4 min 32 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
 
 
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
 
 
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. Exterior and interior views of damaged and destroyed shops, homes, hospitals, and churches. A view of Big Ben in the distance and rubble from bombing in the foreground. British people climbing on piles of rubble and beginning to clear the damage. A man carrying an unexploded bomb or delayed action bomb on his shoulder to remove it from an area. A man drives a car. British people in a market using ration stamps for food. British people work in a factory continuing the war manufacturing effort. People inside underground rail system at Picadilly Circus station, serving as 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. Fire fighters 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 King George VI and the 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
 
 
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
 
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