Title ID 5061Collection ID714
TitleVictory in Europe
CollectionNewman Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeWartime And Military
KeywordsArmed Forces Celebrations Dance Clothing Second World War (1939-1945) Men Women
RegionalGreater London
NationalUnited Kingdom England
ProductionAngelo S. Razzo
CameraAngelo S. Razzo
FormatBlack & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of black and white scenes of VE day celebrations in central London.


Newspaper heading “Germany Quits”. VE Day. Title: “Victory in Europe”. Series of newspaper headlines and front pages. A series of street scenes follow showing celebratory scenes marking VE Day. People throw toilet paper rolls and sheets of paper from shop and building windows and union flags hang from buildings. Groups of men and women stand together cheering and dancing, others watch leaning out of windows. Men in forces uniforms dance in the street with passers by. A series of portrait shots follow showing women standing on the street watching the dancing. An American GI in uniform dances a waltz with a woman wearing an apron. A large group of men and women form a conga line and dance. Service personnel dance in pairs and many hold flags including the flag of the United Sates of America.

Views of groups dancing on Piccadilly, whilst crowds gather filling the streets. US and Union flags hang from buildings, balconies and windows. Views of crowds on Regent Street at 'Rainbow Corner'. It is so crowded people have scaled lampposts for a better view. The front of the London Pavilion Theatre advertising "The Fifth Chair" is covered with bunting.

The next section shows a series of portrait shots of young women and a girl wearing ribbons, hats and bonnets. Some read: "Adolf You've Had It!"; "Kiss me quick" and "Heart of mine". Groups of young men sing and young women energetically do the Can-Can. The exterior of the Odeon Leicester Square can be seen advertising Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit'. Later the Victoria Tower of the Palace of Westminster shows Big Ben, the clock face which reads 23:55hrs. Night-time shots of London streets with people gathered. The last image is of a flag-bedecked 'V' with a Victory banner. End Title: The end.