A tribute to the courage and resiliency of Britons during the darkest days of the London Blitz.

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Storyline

Reporter Quentin Reynolds narrates and comments on the fortitude, courage, and perseverance of London civilians during the months of bombing by German air forces in the Second World War. Documentary footage of air-raid shelters, fire brigades, and decimated structures illustrate the plight and the strength of the citizens of London. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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27 December 1940 (Portugal)  »

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Britain Can Take It!  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included in Warner Home Video's 2007 DVD release of The Fighting 69th (1940). See more »

Quotes

Commentator: [loud explosions of bombs and anti-aircraft are heard on the soundtrack] These are not sound effects. This is the music they play every night in London, the symphony of war.
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Featured in War Stories (2006) See more »

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Symphony No.2: A London Symphony
Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams (as Vaughan Williams)
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Interesting Perspective on Getting Bombed
3 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A tribute to the courage and resiliency of Britons during the darkest days of the London Blitz.

What is amusing about this is the number of different ways it can looked at. On the face of it, it is showing the proud people of England and how they are able to stay strong during the onslaught of the war.

But it can also appear as an example of learned helplessness. This is probably not accurate, but at times it seems to give the impression of a people that have just accepted their fate.

How did the English compare to the French, or even the Germans? This short is said to have a "neutral" narrator, and perhaps it does. Would a neutral narrator in France or Germany present their people the same way? Who does not want to present their people as proud and resilient?


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