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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
 
 
The City of Paris, France, before and after the Nazi invasion of 1940, and America preparing for 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.

Date: 1940
Duration: 6 min 0 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Meeting of United Nations Security Council at Lake Success, New York.

Officials and visitors seen in audience, during meeting of United Nations Security Council, at Lake Success, New York (During timeframe that large UN General Assembly had been meeting at Flushing Meadows, New York.) Camera men record event from booth above meeting hall. Close up view of camera man operating motion picture camera in recording booth. Andrei Gromyko of the Soviet Union sits next to Polish delegate, Ludwik Rajchman. Press photographers take pictures of people in the audience, including two fashionable women in 1940s fashions including fur coats. Joao Carlos Muniz, of Brazil, is seen with bandages on his face. He chats with Australian delegate, Herbert Vere Evatt. USA delegate, Edward Stettinius is seen, next to Sir Alexander Cadogan of the United Kingdom.

Date: 1946
Duration: 1 min 57 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
World War I Royal Flying Corps airplanes and flight crews shown during a historical retrospective on the Royal Air Force

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.

Date: 1918
Duration: 1 min 48 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Several U.S. Destroyers transferred to UK, including: DD-132;DD-183; and DD-193. British Naval Captain examines them.

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.

Date: 1940, September
Duration: 23 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
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
 
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