Christmas Under Fire (GPO Film Unit) (2 DVDs)
This double DVD is a splendid collection of eight GPO Film Unit productions recording life on the Home Front during the early years of WWII. Among the subjects covered are preparing for war, defending Dover, the London Blitz, barrage balloon squadrons, the Blitzkrieg, the Luftwaffe bombing of the East Dudgeon Lightship and Christmas during wartime.
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A 2-disc release of GPO Film Unit documentaries from the early days of The Second World War.
Disc 1: The First Days
The First Days (1939) directed by Harry Watt, Humphrey Jennings and Pat Jackson – Preparation for war on the home front.
The Front Line (1939) directed by Harry Watt. Dover becomes a target for the Germans.
Squadron 992 (1940) directed by Harry Watt. A barrage balloon squadron is trained and deployed to South Queensferry to defend Rosyth Naval Base and the Forth Bridge. Includes a reconstruction of the Luftwaffe raid of October 16 1939.
Disc 2: Under Fire
Britain Can Take It (1940) directed by Humphrey Jennings and Harry Watt. Presented by US journalist Quentin Reynolds. Used by President Roosevelt to help swing US opinion behind Britain.
Britain At Bay (1940) commentary by J.B. Priestley. Czechoslovakia, Poland, Norway, Holland and Belgium have fallen …
Story of an Air Communique (1940) with men of the Royal Air Force. Processing the figures for destoyed enemy aircraft.
Christmas Under Fire (1941) directed by Harry Watt. A Quentin Reynolds despatch from London to America showing Christmas in the Blitz.
Men of the Lightship (1940) directed by David MacDonald. The Luftwaffe bombing of the East Dudgeon Lightship.
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