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Pathé: Post much earlier this Christmas

The National Archives education team’s film of the month highlights a Pathé film relating to current events, anniversaries or key topics that you may be covering in the classroom.
This month’s clip is ‘Post much earlier this Christmas!’– a film about the Post Office attempting Christmas deliveries during the Blitz.

With this film, students could consider:
•    Why do Christmas presents need to be sent earlier in 1940?
•    What are the main issues faced by post workers?
•    What was the Blackout? How did it impact services?
•    What do the Post Office do with post addressed to damaged houses?
•    What did the public have to do if they had been forced to move?
•    What is the purpose of this film? Consider the ending in particular.
•    What is the general tone of this film? Is it what you expect from a country at war?


This film could be used for studies of the Second World War and the Blitz, alongside our resources such as our Home Front topic website and our lessons on evacuation to Shropshire and Canada.

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