Strike Force Entertainment

Britain's Railways: The Home Front War Years 1944 to 1945

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This DVD is the definitive archive led long -form documentary celebrating the railway's vital role in the nation's war effort in the closing years of the Second World War. This 100% archive film programme is made from significant amounts of previously unseen film footage from the vaults of the Imperial War Museum in combination with genuine wartime newsreel footage. It evidences the great diversity of steam locomotive types brought to bear on the transportation of all kinds of wartime goods and passengers.

Britain's Railways: The Home Front War Years 1944 to 1945 is the third and final part of the most comprehensive trilogy ever made on Britain's railways during the war years; this volume covers the events from the final Luftwaffe and V-1 air raids in 1944 through to Victory and V.E. Day!

Highlights include:-

  • Luftwaffe Bomb and V-1 rocket damage throughout London at Wimbledon, Malden Manor, Paddington, Waterloo, Victoria, Charing Cross Peckham Rye, Bricklayer's Arms and the reconstruction of Hungerford Bridge.
  • Rare colour footage of the GWR Wartime HQ at Aldermaston.The transportation of soldiers, armour and munitions by train in preparation for D-Day; gun barrels, dock piers, pontoonbridge sections and Valentine, Cromwell, Crusader and Sherman tanks. Many of the tanks loaded at the old LNER Newmarket station.
  • Ambulance and hospital trains at Southampton Docks and Malvern Wells and Red Cross trains at Haywards Heath and Hassocks.
  • Rail mounted Howitzer guns en-route and tested at Meldon Quarry.
  • The June 1944 Evacuation of children by train in response to the new V-1 attacks.
  • Army film records of activity on the Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Light Railway and of goods trains in the Willesden area.An interview with the surviving driver of the Soham Ammunition Train Explosion Disaster.
  • Railway dock scenes of troops departing and prisoners of war and soldiers on leave arriving home.
  • V-2 Rocket damage at Hampton Court, Hither Green, Bermondsey and the aftermath of an ammunition barge explosion at Newhaven Harbour.
  • New mechanised methods of track laying.
  • The naming ceremony of "United States Line" S.R. Merchant Navy Class Loco at Waterloo.

Produced by - Strike Force Entertainment
Running time - 130 Minutes
Region 0
DVD only
Released: 2013 


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