World War Two series

This series relates to our online exhibition ‘World War II’. Learn about the Second World War by using animated maps and investigations containing original documents, film, photographs and audio: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/worldwar2/

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    German troops in Paris, January 1st 1940

    This is an extract from a newsreel called German troops in Paris which was shown to British audiences in 1940. The newsreel shows German troops moving into Paris, the capital of France. There are shots of tanks and motorbikes moving […]

  • Video contentExtract from a British newsreel called Salute to the Red Army, February 1943

    Salute to the Red Army, February 1943

    This extract comes from a newsreel clip broadcast on February 25th 1943. It shows part of the ceremony in London to celebrate the Soviet victory at Stalingrad.  The news of the German surrender came through in early February 1943, so […]

  • Video contentExtract from a British newsreel called Liberation of Stalingrad- Epic Report, March 1943

    Liberation of Stalingrad- Epic Report, March 1943

    This is a newsreel clip from 1943 covering events in Stalingrad and the Eastern Front generally. It was broadcast on March 1st 1943 when footage from Russia would have been made available to make the broadcast. What’s the background to […]

  • Video contentNewsreel footage of the Marine Corps Memorial Statue

    The battle for Iwo Jima

    This is newsreel footage of the Marine Corps Memorial Statue.  It is an American newsreel that was broadcast in 1951. British audiences would have also seen it. The sculptor of the statue, Felix de Weldon based his work on the […]

  • Video contentThis in our Time: part 2

    This in our Time: part two

    Extract 2 from a British newsreel called This in our time about the history of Liverpool. It was made towards the end of the war. The film used footage from previous reports and broadcasts and then added a voice over […]

  • Video contentThis in our Time part 1

    This in our Time: part one

    Extract 1 from a British newsreel called This in our time about the history of Liverpool. It was made towards the end of the war. The film used footage from previous reports and broadcasts and then added a voice over […]

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    Burma Death Railway

    Extract from a film called Burma Death Railway. This film was made after the Japanese surrendered in Burma. As far as we know, this was never actually used in any broadcasts. When Singapore fell the Japanese were holding around 110 […]

  • Video contentWhat should we remember about the 'Forgotten Army'?

    The Fourteenth’s Victory, July 1945

    This newsreel was produced in 1945 after the British had taken Rangoon in Burma from the Japanese. The newsreel was edited and broadcast to British audiences. What’s the background to this source? WW2 broke out in Europe in 1939. In […]

  • Video contentShould we give Stalingrad the George Cross?

    Stalingrad receives the King’s sword, May 1944

    This clip comes from a newsreel broadcast on May 1944. It shows part of a ceremony that took place at the Kremlin in Moscow. Marshal Semyon Mikhailovitch Budenny presents the Sword of Stalingrad to the Chairman of the Stalingrad City […]

  • Video contentTime to Remember - Operation Barbarossa

    Time to Remember: Operation Barbarossa

    Extract from Time to Remember – Operation Barbarossa, newsreel showing the fighting on the Russian front in 1941. What is this source? This newsreel footage was shot in 1941 at the time of the German invasion of the USSR. The […]

  • Video contentHow serious was the situation on the Eastern Front in 1942?

    British newsreel footage: Eastern Front, 1942

    Extract from a British newsreel covering events on the Eastern Front 1942. Although the film was broadcast in December 1942 the footage was probably shot in the summer or autumn of 1942. At that point the prospects for the Red […]

  • Video contentD-day commandoes

    Commandos and Canadian Troops in action on D-Day

    Extract from Commandos and Canadian Troops in action on D-Day that shows a scene from Juno Beach soon after the D-Day landings, June 1944. This beach was attacked by Canadian troops at dawn on June 6th 1944. The film gives […]

  • Video contentD-Day power

    Time to Remember: naval bombardment of the Normandy coastline

    Extract from Time to Remember, newsreel that shows the naval bombardment of the Normandy coastline. This film was produced by British Pathe for newsreel on D-Day and would have been shown to audiences soon afterwards. 1944. What is this source? […]

  • Video contentA mission for "Felix" and the Gestapo attempt to locate "Cat" transmitting

    Now It Can Be Told: a mission for ‘Felix’ and the Gestapo attempt to locate ‘Cat’ transmitting

    One of five extracts from a film called Now It Can Be Told produced by the RAF Film Production Unit for the British Government in 1946 about the work of British agents during the war. What is this source? This […]

  • Video contentGetting kitted with gadgets and suicide pills

    Now It Can Be Told: getting kitted with gadgets and suicide pills

    One of five extracts from a film called Now It Can Be Told produced by the RAF Film Production Unit for the British Government in 1946 about the work of British agents during the war.  What is this source? This […]

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