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.
Views of Paris prior to World War II. The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile (Arch of Triumph). The Tuileries gardens (Jardins des Tuileries) with bed of tulips in full bloom in foreground. The Eiffel Tower (la tour Eiffel). The fountain of River Commerce and Navigation at the Place de la Concord, Paris, with the Madeleine church (L'église de la Madeleine) directly behind, the Hotel de Crillon,barely seen at left, and its twin building, the French Naval Ministry, opposite, on the Rue Royale. People strolling and shopping on the Boulevard Haussmann. Awning of Les Deux Magots café and patrons seated at tables outside, in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris. People relaxing in the Tuileries gardens, with Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and Musée du Louvre in background. An artist at work, seated at a bench in the foreground. The west facade of Notre Dame Cathedral. Parisians looking at posters, reading in parks, visiting bookstores. Sign directing visitors to the Congres des Ecrivains (Congress of Writers) held at Maison de la Mutualité conference center at 24 Rue Saint-Victor, 5th arrondissement of Paris, France.in June, 1935. Several writers seated at a table with others standing around. Closeup of three. Closeup of British writer, Aldous Huxley, wearing eyeglasses. Two writers conversing. Scene shifts to Paris at night. Traffic on streets. Illuminated sign at Moulin Rouge cinema, topped with illuminated arms of a windmill. Sign of nightclub, Le Rat Mort, in Place Pigalle. Interior of a Paris nightclub with sophisticated clientele. French entertainer playing a guitar. An official posting an announcement called "Counseil de Revision," calling for conscription of citizens for military service. Parisians preparing defenses in the city, in front of the Eiffel Tower. Man deep in a trench preparing a shelter. Men carrying sandbags up a ladder to protect a national monument. Copy of the New York Times newspaper annnouncing the German attack on Poland. Copy of New York Daily News announcing fall of Holland. The New York World-Telegram paper announcing capitulation of France. German Panzer II tanks and motorcycle troops entering Paris. German infantry marching through the Arch of Triumph, on the Champs-Élysées. A Frenchman wiping his eyes as he watches the occupying troops. Hermann Goering with other officers riding in an open car along a Paris street. Closeup of Arch of Triumph. Adolf Hitler, accopanied by staff, looking at the Eiffel Tower. Nazi flag flying from the tower. Closeup of Hitler looking around. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in Academic garb, at the University of Virginia commencement ceremony, in Memorial Gymnasium, on June 10, 1940. (FDR's son Franklin Jr. was among the graduates assembled, from the UVA Law School). Roosevelt expresses American sympathy and support for nations invaded by the Nazis. American street scene. Women preparing gifts intended for France. A poster showing a French soldier, entitled: "Le Paquet Au Front." American draftees in training at an army post in the U.S. Smoke billowing from American industrial facilities. Workers at an American shipyard. View of warships under construction at the yard. A Huge gun barrel being moved on special rail dollies, in a U.S. arms factory. U.S. Navy F4U Corsair Production Line during World War II. M3 Lee medium tanks being manufactured in U.S. factory. Closeup of finished one being transported via transverse crane. M4 Sherman tanks moving on flat rail cars. A speeding steam locomotive pulling freight cars. Martin PBM-5 Mariner in flight over an Atlantic convoy carrying war materiel to the United Kingdom. Sailor wearing headset, standing near depth charges at stern of a ship. British Naval Ensign flying from mast of a ship.
Part of a British production, circa 1940, highlighting the work of the Royal Air Force during World War II, and discussing the history of the RAF while showing World War I Royal Flying Corps (RFC) images. The Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom. The flag of the Royal Air Force (RAF) on a mast. RAF personnel from all parts of the commonwealth march in a mass formation during World War II, including mainland Great Britain pilots and Indian RAF pilots and crews. A line of aircraft stationed on an airfield in the UK. History of RAF is discussed by narrator, with images from World War I of Royal Flying Corps (then part of British Army) airmen and their aircraft. Views of several World War I aircraft on an airfield and taking off, including the Sopwith Camel, the Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5, the Bristol F.2 Fighter. Royal Flying Corps pilots and crews gathered for group photos.
Several of the U.S. Destroyers transferred to the United Kingdom, in September, 1940. Seen on the high seas, and after docking in Halifax, Nova Scotia, are: USS Harden (DD-183), USS Aaron Ward (DD-132), and USS Abel P. Upshur (DD-193). A Royal Navy Captain examines one of the newly arrived destroyers.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill visits a dock in England. A woman officer greets and receives Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine Churchill on the dock.(ancient cannon in background.) the Churchills stand with dock workers in helmets, and look up at something. The Prime Minister Churchill walks along the sidewalks near the docks with group of Officers and Officials.(Roadwork in evidence.) Churchill and his wife Clementine aboard a motor boat. Maritime scenes along the river Thames. Churchill in stern of motor boat with British ensign, bearing Union Jack and what appears to be a lion, fluttering behind him. .Churchill walks on the dock. Officers escort him.
The Royal Air Force ( RAF ) battling German Luftwaffe forces during the Battle of Britain in World War II. Aircraft in formation flight. Aircraft take off. Royal Air Force personnel prepare for a take off. A pilot in the cockpit of an aircraft. RAF Supermarine Spitfire aircraft taxi and take off. The Supermarine Spitfire aircraft attack the enemy airplanes during the Battle of Britain. Gun camera footage shows strafing of German ships from pilot POV. Damaged wings of an aircraft. A RAF Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft drops bomb on a German convoy at sea. The convoy is destroyed. The Royal Air Force flag on a mast.