A Year To Remember: The 1940s (3 DVDs)

SKU: SF1219


9 hrs. 45 mins.

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Pathe carried on making its world famous cinema newsreels during the Second World War and then chronicled the post-war years. This 3-disc collection contains almost ten hours worth of those precious and historic newsreels, many of which have not been seen since they were first shown in cinemas! A full hour is devoted to each year, chronicling all the major events plus other stories from Britain and around the world.

At the start of the 1940s the world woke up to the expansionist ambitions of Nazi Germany as Hitler’s forces swallowed up most of Europe. By 1942, a state of global war ensued; the US had entered the conflict following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour and the war spread to campaigns in the Pacific, Burma, North Africa, Russia and the Atlantic. 1943 was a turning point for the Allies with the bloody siege of Stalingrad coming to an end, success in repelling the German forces in Tunisia and the surrender of Italy. D-Day in June 1944 saw the Normandy landings of Allied invasion troops – the world’s biggest combined land, sea and air operation. As the Allied force made progress to Berlin and eventual victory in Europe, the grim realities of the concentration camps were revealed to the horror of the world.

Post-war, the United Nations and NATO were formed and the Iron Curtain fell, dividing Europe and Berlin. In the UK, a new age of austerity began with wartime rationing continuing and a challenging balance of payments deficit with many producing goods strictly for ‘Export Only’. Princess Elizabeth married, the Welfare State and the NHS were inaugurated and the Nationalisation of core public utilities and industries began in earnest under Clement Attlee’s Labour Government.

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