Video British News No 3

TLF ID M011957

This is a British News newsreel showing scenes of war and war-related activities in June and July 1940, before and after the French surrender and armistice of 22 and 25 June, during World War II (1939-45). It contains nine segments: Man That Fortress; Canadian Destroyers in England; Irish Unity; B.E.F. Reequipped; Royalty Visits Wounded; Arms from USA; Children Evacuated; Canadians are Ready; and Keeping the Seas. The newsreel is in black-and-white, runs for 12 mins 33 secs and is accompanied by background information.

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Educational value
  • This newsreel is a very useful primary source for the World War II depth study in the year 10 history curriculum. It is especially relevant for the content description about the course of the war. Most of its segments deal in some way with the shock of the fall of France and the fact that Britain, supported by its Empire, was now standing alone facing German invasion. The sixth segment highlights the importance of US war supplies in mid-1940. At the time Britain was rapidly using up its gold reserves purchasing the weapons shown.
  • The whole newsreel is of considerable value for the content description in the depth study that refers to the impact of World War II, including the use of wartime government controls such as censorship. Newsreels were controlled under the censorship rules of the Ministry of Information and one of the rules was that they must boost civilian morale. Much of the commentary is propaganda, bearing little relationship to the truth of the disaster in France and the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) for a second time.
  • The resource may make some contribution to students attaining the year 10 history achievement standard. It provides a multimedia source from World War II that may help students explain the context for people's actions in the past. It could also be used by teachers to provide students with an opportunity to sequence events and developments within a chronological framework, and identify relationships between events in different places in June and July 1940.
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