Lost Films of World War 2

Lost Films of World War 2 is a collection of images and films shot by various civilians and military personal throughout the war.

Edited together and restored in color, these stories show how it really was during WW2; how it began – and its immediate aftermath.

Episode 1: A World at War

Episode 1: A World at War

Episode one follows the progress of the first half of World War 2.

Told through a series of films, it features the fascinating footage of the Home Guard in training in the village of Thornton in Yorkshire.

It showcases the moving images and the catastrophic accounts of devastation in Sheffield during the Blitz, and the astonishing moment and a doctor in Kent who turned his camera skywards to film the Battle of Britain from his garden.

With much of the footage in colour, the past leaps to life with immediacy and reveals how world events impacted on the individual.

Episode 2: The Path to Peace

Episode 2: The Path to Peace

This second episode includes the British breakthrough at El Alamein, revealed by a sergeant who filmed the guns pounding the German positions, and the most complete film of a Bomber Command squadron in action, made by a serviceman stationed at a Lincolnshire base.

Footage shot secretly by islander Olive Thompson offers a unique insight into life under German occupation, while a guard with an interest in home movie-making captured the daily routine of German prisoners of war in POW Camp 633 (Boughton Camp, New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire).

These lost films are a striking reminder of Britain in a different era. With much of the footage in colour, the past leaps to life with immediacy and reveals how world events impacted on the individual at home as well as in action.

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Lost Films of World War 2
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  • Release date2019
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Dave Batty
  • Production companyWe Are Banijay