- Title: CF827
Great UK London blitz-era footage – 1940s. Excellent quality.
Key words: Blitz, London, home front, gas masks
00:01:00 London, WWII. Courtyard, sign reads ‘Lambeth A.R.P Stores’, woman pushes pram containing 2 children out of courtyard.
00:01:19 GVS men painting white zebra stripes around tree trunks and along pavement edge so that they can be seen during the blackout. Couple walking arm in arm stop to stare at the men.
00:02:39 Ambulance past camera. Mother and daughter walking out of gates of ARP store. Various people entering and leaving store.
00:03:18 Lovely shots of wartime wedding. Bride and groom leaving church. Women throw confetti. Bridesmaids in odd corniced hats with veils, bad bridesmaid’s dresses.
00:03:55 CU sign with ‘Gas Masks’ written in huge letters alerting people that they will be fined £5 if they don’t take care of their gas masks.
00:04:04 Great shot of boy sat on pavement taking gas mask out of box and quickly putting it on. He then holds onto the box and looks up to the sky, odd pose. Boys with gas mask carriers slung round their bodies past camera.
00:04:29 Great shot of 2 men in suits and helmets (war time police) looking heroically off into the distance (home front). Sand bags are stacked up in a huge pile around fire alarm.
00:05:23 Make-shift sign saying ‘London Fire Service Station’ pinned to wall, below are pasted newspaper clippings saying ‘Wanted!’ with mug shot type pictures of Hitler and Goebbels. CU newspaper clippings.
00:05:43 Men painting white stripes onto car bumpers. Petrol station - men stacking sand bags around petrol pumps. Car pulls up and chauffer in hat fills car with petrol.
- Master Title:London prepares for war