Monday, September 14, 2009

British National Archives: WWII Video and Audio

I find this kind of historical record irresistible. But it is more than a little disturbing to see that no attention is paid in the video to the human toll inflicted on the German people. Operation Chastise indeed, while in Britain you had Operation Pied Piper. - C.D.

The Dam Busters, Catalogue reference: AIR 27/839

The Dam Busters - video

Published date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 11:00:00 GMT

‘The Dam Busters’ tells the story of 617 Squadron and its daring and extremely difficult mission, which went on to become one of the most famous episodes of the Second World War.

Author: The National Archives Duration: 04:22

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FCO roof spotters overlooking Whitehall

Hope and Glory - video

Published date: Thu, 03 Sep 2009 11:00:00 GMT

‘Hope and Glory’ tells the story of a young boy growing up in London during the Second World War. The film explores two themes that greatly affected the Home Front during the war, the Blitz and evacuation.

Author: The National Archives Duration: 04:12

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Kripo photographs and index cards showing the four escapers murdered by Kiel Gestapo - Catalogue reference: WO 235/431

The Great Escape: you've seen the film, now hear the truth - audio

Published date: Fri, 15 May 2009 12:00:00 GMT

During the night of 24 March 1944, 76 airmen escaped from the Prisoner of War camp Stalag Luft III. Only three made it home and, of the remainder, 50 were murdered on Hitler's orders. This talk will explain what actually happened in the so-called Great Escape, one of the Second World War's most infamous incidents.

Author: Alan Bowgen Duration: 52:42

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Original artwork of the Resistance Movement - Catalogue reference: INF 3/1811

The Special Operations Executive, the French Resistance and the D-Day landings - audio

Published date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 07:00:00 GMT

This talk looks at the results and effectiveness of the British Special Operations Executive, or SEO, and the French Resistance in supporting the Second World War D-Day landings.

Author: Neil Cobbett Duration: 1:01:26

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