IWM's impressive film collection holds over 25,000 hours of moving images, including official newsreels, public information films, cartoons and documentaries, representing over a hundred years of filmmaking. 

公益福彩appFor this series, IWM curators introduce us to their highlights from this vast collection. We'll be releasing a new film fortnightly here and on our , so watch this space for more. 

Halas & Batchelor's RAF recruitment cartoon

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Halas & Batchelor's RAF recruitment cartoon

First Line of Defence is a short cartoon recruitment film for the RAF created in 1949 by animation duo Halas and Batchelor. The story follows a trainee pilot dreaming about the history of flight, and it's one of the dozens of films created by John Halas and Joy Batchelor for the War Office. IWM Curator Helen Upcraft introduces us to this delightful cartoon.

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Second World War
Calling Blighty from Burma, 1945
This film is from an extraordinary collection called Calling Blighty, in which Armed Forces personnel stationed in India and the Far East during the Second World War recorded messages to be sent back home. Here the Brighton Boys stationed in Burma are given around 10 seconds each to record their message. 
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Second World War
Vera Lynn chats with troops, 1944
The only known wartime footage of Vera Lynn, shot on 14 May 1944 near the Burmese border. The film captures Vera Lynn not singing but chatting to soldiers.
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Second World War
Choose Cheese, 1940
With rationing introduced early in 1940 in Britain, this public information film was created to advocate the advantages of eating cheese, explaining its health benefits with some (unverified) experiments as well as its versatility in cooking, from grilled cheese to cauliflower cheese.
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Second World War
Filming the D-Day Landings on Sword Beach
On 6 June 1944, Sergeant Ian Grant was among the thousands of men landing on Sword Beach in Normandy on D Day, armed only with a revolver and a cine camera. He was part of the Army Film and Photographic Unit (AFPU) and captured this incredible mute footage of the landings.
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Britain at War by Rosie Newman
Britain at War is a 99 minute film, filmed and edited by amateur camerawoman Rosie Newman, capturing diverse scenes from the British home front during the Second World War. Curator Jane Fish introduces us to this remarkable film.
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Second World War
A Welcome to Britain in 1943
This 1943 film presents a guide to British society for American troops arriving in the UK prior to the Normandy Landings. The film features an introduction to British pubs and warm pints, as well as an awkward overview of race relations in America and Britain.
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Second World War
Make Do and Mend, 1943
From June 1941 until 1949, buying new clothes was rationed in Britain. This newsreel trailer, made by the Ministry of Information in 1943, is called ‘Make Do and Mend’, introduced by film curator Michelle Kirby.

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