The Liberation of Kieve from Nazi Rule, 1944, taken from the British Pathe newsreel “Liberation of Kiev”
Shots across the city rooftops, burning buildings (angered by defeat the retreating German’s set fire to buildings on their way out as part of their ‘Scorched Earth’ policy in which they destroyed anything of financial or cultural value).
Refugees are seen returning to Kiev and joyously being reunited with their families, almost oblivious to the city in ruins around them. Continue Reading
The Battle of Arnhem, 1944, taken from the British Pathe newsreel “Red Devils of Arnhem”.
Video footage of the famous World War 2 British-led military operation that was ultimately a failure. The Brits planned to enter the Netherlands but met unexpected resistance from the 9th and 10th SS divisions.
Reinforcements were sent via gliders with a paratroop regiment, but due to foggy conditions they arrived late and were shot down by the SS. Polish troops were late too and when they arrived were not strong enough in numbers to help to push the operation through. Continue Reading
Army Apprentice School for English Teenagers (1948) in Harrogate, Yorkshire. An insight relating to the video “Army Apprentice Recruitment Trailer”.
The newsreel discusses caning and corporal punishment and shows boys in at the Army Apprentices School in Harrogate.
Music in the final section is taken from the British Pathe reel “The Voice of Youth”, a live recording of Dr. Walker Robson of the English Schools Music Association conducting a vast choir at Crystal Palace in 1939. Continue Reading
Army Recruitment Trailer for English Boys (1948), taken from the British Pathe reel “Army Apprentice Recruitment” this video was made for The War Office by British Pathe Ltd in 1948. Continue Reading
Hitler’s Chalet of Stolen Art and Heinrich Himmler’s Body, taken from the British Pathe newsreel “Crime Club” (1945)
A sign above the entrace is seen saying “Hermann Goering Art Collection through the courtesy of 101st Airborne Division”. The video also has shots of Frau Goering (formerly the actress Emmy Zonnemann) and their daughter Edda. Continue Reading