The Curse of The Swastika - Nazi Warfare

The Curse of The Swastika
The Curse of The Swastika, a classic British Pathe documentary from1940, illustrates the insidious rise of the Nazi Party from its post World War One origins through Adolf Hitlers conniving to become the leader of the party and eventual dictator of his self-styled Third Reich. The twisted logic of the scapegoating of the Jews, the development of the dreaded Nazi concentration camps, the construction of the Siegfried Line and the dynamic tensions and botched compromises of all European inter-war politics that led to the annexation of Austria and the Sudetenland before the eventual declaration of war with the invasion of Poland are all explored. The Battle of the River Plate in December 1939, the preparedness of French troops for the Battle For France and the sinking of the Graf Spee by Admiral Harwood and the British Navy feature heavily in this call to arms giving us a unique slant on the reasons for the start of the Second World War and The Curse of The Swastika. This historic documentary is accompanied by no less than eight complementary bonus features. Run Adolf Run is a cartoon poking fun at Adolf Hitler and this is followed by in-depth looks at the subsequent Nazi annexations and invasions of Germanys neighbouring countries. Finally, as the war turned against the Nazi War Machine in 1944, there is an in-depth look at the plot to assassinate Hitler by a group of his own officers.

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British Overseas Airways Corporation - The Definitive Newsreel History 1939-1974
BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation), was the result of a merger between British Airways Ltd and Imperial Airways Ltd in 1939. During the Second World War, the new BOAC operated flying boat services to the British colonies, we join test pilot Captain Stone checking out a Short Sunderland Flying Boat in 1946.In 1946, London Airport (Heathrow) was opened and the then BOAC aircraft such as the Lancastrian, Liberator, Halton and the Avro York were all based on World War Two bombers! Later that year the pressurized cabin American Lockheed Constellation joined the fleet with the Boeing Stratocruiser which could fly non-stop to the USA. Between 1949 and 1950, the first modern British airliner, the Handley Page Hermes also entered service.In 1952, BOAC was the first airline to introduce a passenger jet, the De Havilland Comet. We follow the world beating Comet with its test pilot, John Cunningham, in its disastrous second year when three Comets mysteriously crashed killing all on board. We see the birth of the Whispering Giant - the turbo-prop Bristol Britannia and the Vickers VC-10 jet and witness the intricacies of Air Traffic Control.In 1957, a Britannia crashed into a housing estate in Bristol. By 1958, BOAC were operating the new Comet 4 with the first jet service across the Atlantic and, in 1966, we join a simulated Concorde flight from Sydney to Heathrow.Other aircraft include the Boeing 707 and 747, Concorde, Avro Tudor 1, Vickers Viscount, the Bristol Brabazon, C-4 Argonaut, the DH Frobisher, the BAC1-11 and many, many more.So, from seaplanes to jet planes, this is the definitive and exciting overview of the much missed BOAC which was amalgamated with BEA in 1974 to form the British Airways of today. Plus Bonus Features on the VC-10 and the BAC 1-11
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British European Airways - The Definitive Newsreel History 1946-1974
BEA (British European Airways), was a division of the state owned BOAC formed in 1946 to run the passenger air services to Continental Europe and within the UK that had been operated by the RAF during the Second World War. Most of BEA s immediate post-war operations were out of Northolt using old piston engined Vickers Vikings and DC-3 Dakotas. These were followed by the first turbo-prop airliner, the Vickers Viscount then by the Vickers Vanguard, the DH Comet 4 and The Hawker Siddeley Trident series.There’s a nostalgic look at flying from Northolt in 1949 before a series of hard hitting news stories such as The Viking Vigilant with a huge hole in the fuselage caused by a time-bomb detonated over the Channel. In 1953, another Viking hit a mast on its approach to Belfast - there were no survivors. The worst disaster was in 1965 when a BEA Vickers Vanguard made three attempts to land in fog at London Airport - it somersaulted down the runway killing all on board. ITN s Peter Snow gives a graphic description of the crash. Ironically, BEA were the pioneers of the Automatic Landing System (Autoland) originally on the Trident Fleet and for this BEA was awarded the Queen’s Award For Industry.1955 saw severe strikes at London Airport. Gatwick was opened in 1958 becoming London s second airport and BEA soon became a leader in the package tour industry and the first airline to offer a local helicopter service.Other aircraft featured in this definitive and exciting overview of this much missed airline include the Airspeed Ambassador, the BAC 1-11, the Boeing 707, the Hawker Siddeley Argosy, the Dragon Rapide and many, many more. BEA was amalgamated with BOAC in 1974 to form the British Airways of today.
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Entertaining The Royal Air Force
The "Astra Gazette" Newsreels : 1951 - 1959 The Royal Air Force "Astra Gazette" newsreels were made by Pathe in the 1950's to be shown to serving RAF personnel in the RAF's very own Astra Cinemas that were housed on their air bases all over the world! The surviving editions start with the young Princess Elizabeth taking the place of her sickly father, King George VI at the graduation parade at RAF Cranwell way back in 1951. Most of the Astra Gazettes used a newsy format with short items featuring many young ladies in swim suits to keep the lads happy! But it is the Astra Gazette's "insider" round up of RAF news stories which afford such a fascinating insight into the RAF of the 1950's and include many of the key service personalities of the time such as Douglas Bader and Bob Stanford Tuck. By 1953, Pathe were filming all the items in full colour such as Ejector Seat Testing, a Sunderland flying boat rescue and the 1955 closure of the famous RAF Fighter Station at Biggin Hill. The reports end with RAF Waddington receiving The Freedom of the City of Lincoln with some stunning shots of the Vulcan in 1959. Film stars of the time also feature heavily including Peter Cushing, Jill Day, Jack Hawkins and Lee Patterson.

These surviving "Astra Gazettes" are included here just as they would have been seen by the serving RAF personnel of the 1950's in the RAF's airbase "Astra Cinemas" that they are named after. Total Running Time - 182 Mins 1951 Special Edition- Graduation Parade 1951 Astra Gazette Number Eight 1952 Presentation of The King's Colour 1952 Astra Gazette Number Twelve 1952 Astra Gazette Number Thirteen 1953 Astra Gazette Number Nineteen 1953 Astra Coronation Review- Special Edition 1953 RAF Halton Queen's Colour Presentation 1953 Astra Gazette Colour Collection 1955 Astra Gazette in Colour 1955 Astra Gazette, Biggin Hill Closes 1956 Astra Gazette in Colour - Return to Biggin Hill 1957 Rubber Masks- Turko Bath-Sunderland Rescue 1958 Kat on Trial- Chimps Boxing - Dog Champs 1958 Pylon Men- Car Museum- Peter Cushing 1958 Emet's Ideal Home-Scooter Jousting 1958 Motoring Inn-Old Cricket- Spaghetti Contest- Mushroom Farm with "Bob" Stanford Tuck 1959 Ejector Test-Houseboat Girls-WRAF Horsewoman 1959 RAF Waddington Freedom of The City of Lincoln
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ITN Roving Report – Flashpoint Berlin 1957-1963
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, ITN filmed a series of news items abroad called 'Roving Report'; most have never been seen since their initial broadcast. This collection brings together seven films reporting from Berlin and Germany at the height of the Cold War Crisis. A divided city and nation at the frontline, tensions were high as huge contrasts in living standards developed, culminating with the construction of the infamous Berlin Wall - this is ROVING REPORT : FLASHPOINT BERLIN 1957 – 1963.

Cost of Living Germany (1957, 18 mins) A look at the costs of goods and services in Germany and what impact the strong finances of the country were having on its citizens. With interviews with leading members of congress, this is a fascinating study of a country rebuilding and growing. Berlin Today (1957, 25 mins) Tensions between East and West had reached new heights; the so called Berlin Air Lift and workers demonstrations had left the city on the brink of chaos. This film studies life in Berlin and the increasing difficulty in moving between the East and West sectors. With interviews of local students from all over the city, we learn about the unique challenges people faced. How Many Germanies (1959, 18 mins) With foreign dignitaries meeting to discuss the fate of Germany, this report looks at the prospects of a reunited Germany, and asks did the citizens even want to become one again? With interviews from refugee camps and ministers, this film looks at the very human impact of the division. East Germany Now (1960, 14 mins) Made from footage shot within East Germany by an Austrian cameraman, this film gives a unique glimpse into the everyday lives for workers within East Germany. Lives were hard, with long hours and low pay and people were bombarded by Socialist propaganda at every turn. We also hear from refugees trying to flee to the more affluent West. The Divided City (1961, 15 mins)

Made from footage shot within East Germany by an Austrian cameraman, this film gives a unique glimpse into the everyday lives for workers within East Germany. Lives were hard, with long hours and low pay and people were bombarded by Socialist propaganda at every turn. We also hear from refugees trying to flee to the more affluent West. The Divided City (1961, 15 mins) In Berlin the border between East and West became a more and more tightly controlled military zone, affecting the people of the city in every aspect of their daily lives. Comparing and contrasting the two sides, this film shows the differing efforts and ambitions of the hugely different sectors. Crisis In Berlin (1961, 14 mins) The Berlin crisis entered a new, even more tumultuous period, as the East and West became physically divided by concrete road blocks and barbed wire. In a so called "Final solution”, tanks and armed guards patrolled the whole border and tensions were high. This film looks at the impact of the divide and the futile hopes that it would be only around for the short term. The Spy Catchers (1963, 14 mins) With the East/West divide fully entrenched, both sides were overcome and fear and paranoia. It wasn’t long before the murky world of espionage become prevalent in the city. This film looks at the ongoing efforts to catch the Eastern spies and demonstrates some of the techniques used in the day. TOTAL RUNNING TIME - 117 Mins.
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