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This edited colour pre-Second World War film shows London's preparation for war during the Munich Crisis in 1938. Shelters, trenches and ready-stations are being constructed and installed in Central London parks. This is contrasted with scenes of everyday London life.
[Home Front and Home Guard]
|Date||[ca. 1938 - 1943]||ID||10948|
The film shows the Home Guard in Woking, initially training with wooden rifles, then performing drills, practicing on a rifle range and parading for the General's visit.
War and Peace
An edited film made solely using wartime footage from the SASE collection and produced by Screen Archive South East to mark the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe.
The Last Year of Peace
|Date||1939 - 1940||ID||1104|
A compilation by a local amateur cameraman, portraying the passing from peace to wartime. Shot just prior to and during the first year of the Second World War, the film provides a snapshot of everyday life as it continued against the backdrop of the impending war, and signs of the war’s effects around the village.
War Time 1939-1940
|Date||1939 - 1940||ID||1705|
Domestic scenes of everyday life for the Gowlland family in Croydon during the first few months of the Second World War; signs of the war begin to emerge in everyday life.
Organised Depot Routine
|Date||[1939 - 1946?]||ID||906|
A comprehensive day-in-the-life record of the ARP (Air Raid Precautions) Depot in Fulham. This professional film with intertitles was made by the Ministry of Home Security as a training tool.
This film shows the work of the Herne Bay A.R.P. service during the early years of the Second World War. ARP Members train for bomb and gas-attacks; practising extinguishing incendiary devices and simulating the treatment of casualties. The film also shows a large-scale dress rehearsal for a gas attack and a multi-service parade.
[Procedures in the Event of an Enemy Attack]
A film depicting the defence procedures of the West Sussex Home Guard. The narrative is centred around the fictional town of Onebridge and uses commentary to introduce the staged scenes.
West Sussex Home Guard
Part of a series of training films made by the West Sussex Home Guard demonstrating "the right and wrong ways" of dealing with situations which may arise in their line of duty. Many of the scenes are repeated in slow motion. Intertitles introduce each scene.
|Date||1940 - 1945||ID||1637|
“A film commentary of Leatherhead District and the War”. Made over several years, this newsreel provides an overview of life and events in a Surrey town throughout the Second World War, focusing on fundraising and Civil Defence duties. Comprehensive intertitles introduce and explain each item.
[Air Raid Practice - Knoll School Hove]
Made by the Borough of Hove with wardens and officers of Hove’s Air Raid Precautions (ARP) ‘M’ Group, this film illustrates various school activities and classes and demonstrates the air raid drills undertaken in a Hove school. Intertitles precede each scene.
[Clandon Home Guard: Drills and Stand Down]
Members of the Clandon Home Guard undergo training in preparation for enemy attack. Their training includes rifle shooting, bayonet charges, grenade throwing, stalking the enemy using the Surrey country side for cover and keeping watch.
[ARP at Work; Brighton Bomb Damage]
This colour film shows scenes of bomb damage and the ensuing rescue work of the Civil Defence Service in Brighton during the Second World War. Members of the Service are seen in several scenes attending bomb damaged houses. The ARP Controllers are shown coordinating various units, including wardens, rescue parties, fire services, and ambulances.
[Planes; Garden; Fishing]
This films features planes flying in formation; a couple at the seaside pointing at the sky; white chalk cliffs; and some Second World War defences on the shore line; the family with their spaniel dog; a wooden model of a plane; fishing scenes with a train passing in the background.
This training film, which was produced by the Sussex Home Guard Zone Demonstration Unit, provides a step-by-step visual demonstration of the procedures to be put into action when erecting road blocks. The film contains intertitles and graphics.
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