This In Our Time Liverpool Blitz Footage (1930-1939)

Channel: British Pathé

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Reel 4. High angle shot of group of people arriving to walk through the Mersey Tunnel. Just before the opening ceremony people were offered the opportunity to walk through. 1934 - opening ceremony, King George V and Queen Mary attend the opening. Various shots of the crowds and of the King making his speech. He speaks of the many who struggled for long months against mud and darkness to bring it into being. Curtains are raised and the tunnel is opened. High angle L/S of cars entering the tunnel.



1936 - Grand National, Reynoldstown won for the second time. Various shots of horses (including Golden Miller), jockeys and the race.



1935 - Sir Kingsley Wood - Minister of Housing opens a block of flats. Lots of good shots of new blocks of flats - happy children in the playground area etc. Kingsley Wood and Sir Stafford Cripps sit on a swing with a little girl. Low angle shot of lots of children waving from flat balconies - great shot. Narrator speaks of how Liverpool took the lead in health and public baths and wash houses in earlier days. More shots of Liverpool flats. Woman stands and waters the plants on her balcony.



1939 - Second World War. Liverpool became "the gateway to the Western approaches." convoy sequences. Various shots of warships and aircraft carriers at sea. Men at work on board ship hoisting flags, scrambling, operating guns and torpedoes etc. Explosions, smoke emerging from hit ships, ships going down etc. Cargo ships like "sitting ducks" for German raiders and U-boats. Day and night bombing by the Luftwaffe. Men working in ships' engine rooms. Narrator details naval action around Liverpool during the war years. Night shots of pom pom guns and anti aircraft fire. Men under the command of Admiral Sir Max Horton.



War damage to buildings at the docks and to a large factory building. Results of the May blitz - narrator details deaths, injuries and loss of property. Voiceover spoken over still images of bomb damaged buildings. Continued.
FILM ID:1359.06

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