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The Empire's Shield - The Royal Navy In The First World War - First World War

The Empire's Shield - The Royal Navy In The First World War
"THE EMPIRE’S SHIELD” (1919) is the definitive documentary of the contribution made by the Royal Navy during the Great War. The film was made in 1919 and this is its first release on DVD. ‘The Empire’s Shield’ is
structured in 11 parts and is accompanied by a musical soundtrack of period music.

(1) MOULDING THE RAW MATERIAL -  The training of naval cadets in seamanship. / (2) BRITAIN’S SHIPBUILDING YARDS IN WARTIME. / (3) HOW THE NATION’S FOOD SUPPLIES WERE SECURED - Convoy routes of mercantile foodships and fishing trawlers were defended against U-Boats, torpedoes and enemy mines by coastal patrol naval airships in tandem with Destroyer class ships and minesweepers. / (4) THE BOMBARDMENT OF ZEEBRUGGE - filmed under enemy fire from the deck of H.M.S. BROKE featuring the destroyers H.M.S. SWIFT and H.M.S. EREBUS. / (5) MINE SWEEPERS AND DRIFTERS IN DOVER HARBOUR - their perilous work "netting submarines, mine-laying and sweeping” to guard merchant shipping and our coast. / (6) A DAY WITH THE MINESWEEPERS - A dramatic reconstruction of the clearance of a recently laid minefield. / (7) THE EYES OF THE NAVY - THE ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE includes intermediate training in Sopwith ‘Pups’, squadron 'scrambles' at Manston, the Gotha prototype and the ‘floating aerodrome’ H.M.S. FURIOUS. / (8) THE BIRTH OF A SEAPLANE AND THE KING’S HISTORIC VISIT TO THE GRAND FLEET features the Short 184 seaplane, H.M.S. FURIOUS and Felixstowe flying boats. King George V visits the fleet - H.M.S. HERCULES and H.M.S. PRINCESS ROYAL. / (9) THE EXPLOITS OF H.M.S. VINDICTIVE - Her final mission, to reach the mouth of Ostend Harbour to be scuttled as a`blockship’ while Motor Launch ‘smoke screens’ render the German searchlights useless. / (10) WITH THE GRAND FLEET IN HARBOUR - onboard H.M.S. CANADA. Rum, soap and tobacco rations are distributed and oiling and coaling ships visit. / (11) WITH THE GRAND FLEET AT SEA - First Battle Squadron live gun and torpedo firing practice on board H.M.S. REVENGE. Also features H.M.S CANADA, H.M.S. LION and H.M.S. RENOWN.

"All the heroic acts of our gallant sailors cannot be shown on the screen, but what can be done is to take you among them and demonstrate how they laboured and protected you during the Great War”.
Admiral Sir David Beatty,  Commander In Chief Of The British Navy, 1919.

RUNNING TIME – 152 MINS    REGION 0 - PAL

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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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A Year To Remember - The 1940s
Using rare news footage and interviews from the incredible British Pathé archive, this extraordinary series provides a unique year by year look at what made the news of yesteryear. With a comprehensive hour long programme on each year of the 1940s, this 3 disc - set package provides the definitive insight into the decade that took us from World War through Victory to an all new age of austerity in a newly divided world.

At the beginning of the 1940s - the world woke up to the expansionist ambitions of Nazi Germany as Hitler's forces made steady progress invading Finland, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Holland and France. Japan, Yugoslavia, Greece and Bulgaria bolstered the Axis Forces. By 1942, a state of global war ensued; the US had entered the conflict following the Japanese attack on the US Navy at Pearl Harbour and the war spread to campaigns in the Pacific, Burma, North Africa, Russia and the Atlantic. 1943 was a tuning point for the Allies with the bloody siege of Stalingrad ending, success repelling the German forces in Tunisia and the surrender of Italy. D-Day in June 1944 saw the Normandy landings of Allied invasion troops - the world's biggest combined land, sea and air operation. As the Allied force made progress to Berlin and eventual Victory In Europe, the grim realities of the concentration camps were revealed to a disgusted world.

Post-war, the United Nations and NATO were formed and the Iron Curtain fell and divided Europe and Berlin. In the UK, a new age of austerity began with wartime rationing continuing and a challenging balance of payments deficit with many produced goods strictly for 'Export Only'. Princess Elizabeth married, the Welfare State and the NHS were inaugurated and the Nationalisation of core public utilities and industries began in earnest under Clement Attlee's post-war Labour government.
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London Airport (Heathrow) - A short films collection 1949-1965
LONDON AIRPORT (HEATHROW) : 1949 - 1965 : A SHORT FILMS COLLECTION
The most comprehensive DVD compilation of short films to cover the early years of international air operations at London Heathrow Airport during the BOAC and BEA years!

AN INTRODUCTION TO HEATHROW AIRPORT (2012, 7 mins). An introduction to the compilation by Bryan Wolfe.
1) LONDON AIRPORT (1949, 10 mins) - The story of the great engineering feat of the building of Heathrow - one of the largest airports in the world. The film traces the developmental history of the airport from April 1944, when building began, to 1949 when aircraft were arriving from all quarters of the globe laden with passengers and precious cargoes of many nations.
2) LONDON AIRPORT AIRCRAFT RECOGNITION (1949, 8 mins) An overview of some of the aircraft types to be spotted at Heathrow in its first year of international passenger operation. Includes the Skymaster, Lockheed Constellation, the Sud-Est Languedoc, the Convair 240 and the Boeing Stratocruiser. Previously unreleased.
3) WINGS OVER THE WORLD (1950, 32 mins) Shot entirely during the first few operational months in 1949 when London Airport (Heathrow) was a mere conglomeration of huts, this wonderfully nostalgic documentary features a wealth of long gone passenger aircraft including Brabazons, Comets, Constellations, Viscounts, Vikings and the Avro York.
4) IN ON THE BEAM (1951, 10 mins) - A rarely seen and fascinating insight into Heathrow's air and ground control approach systems culminating in London Ground Control Approach talking down a Viking airliner in a blind approach in foggy conditions with the aid of radar.
5) AIR CROSSROADS - LONDON (1958, 15 mins) - A 'behind the scenes' account of the mammoth organisation required to maintain a constant stream of passenger and freight air-traffic at the busiest international airport in the world. Featuring a variety of passenger jet airliners in Swiss Air, Air India, Air France and BOAC liveries!
6) AIRPORT (1965, 38 mins) - A classic and groundbreaking 'day in the life' documentary of Heathrow Airport filmed unobtrusively in an 'eavesdropping' style without commentary, letting the situations and interactions of staff and passengers speak for themselves. Previously unreleased.

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Railways At War - The First World War
RAILWAYS AT WAR: THE FIRST WORLD WAR

§ For the first time ever, a comprehensive presentation of nearly 2 1/2 hours of archive film footage evidencing the central role played by the railways in meeting the logistical challenges of supplying the battlefronts of the First World War with the requisite troops, munitions, machinery and stores.

Celebrated military historian Major Tonie Holt provides a commentary throughout on sequences of railway footage from the Somme, Mesopotamia, the Palestinian Front and Siberia.

In many ways tactical success in the First World War depended on the defence of the railheads and the narrow gauge railway supply routes, from them to the battlefronts.

The railhead was where the warehouses, loco maintenance depots and signal and control centres were based; they were also often the point of interchange between the standard gauge national system and the light and narrow gauge railways that led to the battlefield. Railways were the supply line of choice and we see the rapid construction, maintenance and running of the lines by the American Transportation Corps, the American Engineering Corps, the Railway Operating Division of the Royal Engineers, the Indian Sappers, the Australian Engineers and the Canadian Engineers.

We see the speed of the construction of railway lines by the prefabricated ‘Decauville’ track system and the huge variety of locomotive power brought to bear, not only steam, but early diesel, petrol and petrol-electric motive power.

There are views of the enormous BEF locomotive works at St. Etienne-du-Rouvry and a fascinating sequence on the preparation and firing of British and American railway artillery armoured trains witnessed by Roosevelt himself. The assembly of locomotives, flat wagons and rolling stock at St.Nazaire.

By the armistice, railways were often the only functioning entity in areas of widespread devastation, for example at Aix-Noulette, Ypres and Verdun. We also see the mass exodus, by steam locomotion, of troops from the battlefields at the end of the war back to the French ports and early scenes of the Dunkirk ‘roll - on, roll - off’ train ferry.

RUNNING TIME – 144 MINS REGION 0 - PAL

Release Date: 25/03/2013

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