In a programme broadcast 70 years to the day after the outbreak of WWII, people who were alive at the time speak of their memories.

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Tony Benn ...
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Deborah Cavendish ...
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Francis Chamberlain ...
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Charles Chilton ...
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Winston Churchill ...
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George Cole ...
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Elsa Danielowski ...
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Bernard de Gaulle ...
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In a programme broadcast 70 years to the day after the outbreak of WWII, people who were alive at the time speak of their memories.

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3 September 2009 (UK)  »

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Outbreak  »

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Breathtaking and moving
16 December 2015 | by (www.martsander.com) – See all my reviews

This is indeed one of the best war documentaries ever made. It may not seem as such: the 'action' takes place during one single day, September 3, 1939, when Britain and France declared war on Germany. This film concentrates on the fears and hopes of people in England, as they were forced to adapt to the sudden new reality. But what makes it unique, is the participation of a great amount of wonderful people, who share their memories of that day. Most of these people are from the UK, but there are also people from Germany, France and Poland. All of a sudden everything comes alive and touches the viewer deeply. With a lot of archive footage and sound clips, this hour-by-hour account of that grim day can leave no-one cold and teaches us all a lot about the nature of war, as seen by a bystander, who unexpectedly finds himself / herself in the midst of tragedy.


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