THE BLITZ YEARS 1939 – 1941
At the end of 1939, Britain was plunged into the most brutal war ever fought. British Pathe News has interwoven the memories of the young men and women left behind in Britain with the newsreel of the day to create ‘The Blitz Years’, a lasting tribute to the spirit of the Home Front.
THE LONG YEARS 1942 – 1944
As the war entered the third year, a period of retrenchment began as Britain settled down for a long, hard slog. The cinema played a vital role in not only recruiting women in some kind of war work but also in encouraging the British people to do their bit for the war-effort. From rationing to gardening, this programme illustrates the Home Front efforts as seen through the cinema’s at the time.
THE VICTORY YEARS 1944 – 1945
As the Allies prepared for the invasion of France, the Home Front was subject to an invasion of a very different kind. The G.I.’s had arrived, sweeping many a young girl off her feet. Then came D-Day followed by Hitler’s final terror weapon, the Doodlebug. But, Britain could take it and victory in Europe was followed by victory in Japan.