Lost Films of WW2

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Lost Films of WW2

Series 1 - Episode 2



The footage here, filmed by amateur film-makers on home-movie cameras, captures the feel of life in wartime. George Blundell, an officer on HMS Kent, didn’t just film the damage when an Italian missile struck his ship, but recorded the horror in his diary (“The half-deck looked like the end of the world. The terrible stink of dead men and oil fuel…”).

From the home front, too, there are some great clips, and for some reason the colour footage especially seems to collapse the gap in time in an extraordinary way, so that wartime schoolchildren learning to tend a garden in Cheshire or a Bedfordshire town square parade look as fresh as if they were filmed yesterday – almost.


Part two of two. Footage shot by an officer on HMS Kent during the Battle for the Mediterranean, and the D-Day landings filmed by a naval lieutenant on his personal camera.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Priyanga Burford
Director David Batty
Executive Producer Franny Moyle
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