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Nightbombers [DVD]

H.I. Cozens    Exempt   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: H.I. Cozens
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Oracle
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001GNJK6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,370 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Rare archive colour footage of an RAF bombing raid on Berlin in the winter of 1943 - probably the most heavily defended target of them all and one that made terrible demands on the courage of the aircrew.


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101 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historically crucial 28 Feb 2009
Format:DVD
The wartime colour film of Lancasters used in in this now re-mastered DVD is the only known to exist. It was de-classified under the "Thirty Year's Rule" in 1978 and so was not available for use in earlier documentary programmes such as "The World At War". Since release, parts of the film have appeared in other Video/DVD's and used on TV. For example, footage was shown by BBC TV last December in their "RAF at 90" programme.

Viewed as a whole, the film reflects a full day of activity at a front line RAF Bomber Base. It shows ground crew changing a Merlin engine, replacement of a rear turret with twin 0.50 inch machine guns rather than four 0.303 inch guns and then the fuelling and bombing up of aircraft. Bombs of various sizes are shown being manhandled on to trolleys then moved by tractor from the bomb dump to have fuses attached before being taken to aircraft and winched up into the bomb bay. Aircrew are shown being fully briefed and getting into flying gear prior to taking off "for a mission to Berlin". The latter section appears "staged" but still reveals what it was like to be in a Lancaster and the near impossibility of getting out if an aircraft was hit by shell or cannon fire from anti aircraft guns or night fighters.

The quality of the footage is astonishing given that the bulk was filmed using a 16mm camera. The interior shots of a fully operational Lancaster (and perhaps the reason for the ban on release until 1978) show the use of all the electronics that became available later in the war for navigation and early warning of night fighter attack.

The commentary is informative and the DVD also has some wonderful extra's that highlight the life of the late Air Commodore H I Cozens who made the film at his own initiative in 1944.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Suggested to me by my uncle who was there 1940 -1943, an RAF bomber pilot. He says this is the only record he has seen which successfully reflects what it was really like. I found it gripping, well written, good narration. I highly recommend.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
By Hipper
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is all orginal colour film taken mostly at RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire in 1944, home of 150 and 170 Squadrons flying Lancasters.

It is based around the preperation and execution of a raid on Berlin. We see Lancs being repaired, refuelled and bombed up. We also see some of the admin behind the planning of an operation, not just at Hemswell but at Group HQ. We then meet one particular pilot, called Flight Lieutenant Harris (later we find his real name is Bob Chandler) and his crew as they attend the pre-flight briefing.

The film then goes with Harris/Chandler in his Lanc on the Berlin raid and his return, late, and de-briefing.

At the end, it is revealed that Harris/Chandler was 22 years old at the time of this raid. I am always stunned at how young these fellows were.

It's a bit polite perhaps but if you want to get a small feel of what it was like to go on a bombing raid in WW2 this film is as good as any (I doubt us land lubbers can ever fully comprehend the experience).

Fascinating!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique colour film 30 Aug 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Its all been said already but just a few more comments. The quality is in the editing. Briefings are covered sufficiently, but briefly. Over Germany, there are shots of the "target indicators" falling (in colour,remember). Returning to England in fog, there are good shots (with clear commentary) of the FIDO fog dispersal system in operation. Shots of bomb loads being loaded (sometimes "assisted" with the end of a ladder!) are included etc etc
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5.0 out of 5 stars The film I've been looking for 19 Nov 2003
Format:VHS Tape
A very important slice of WW2 history. Clips from this film are seen in many other documentaries, but this is the whole story. This is (to my knowledge) the only colour film shot of a bommber command raid during WW2.
The footage of the Lancasters taxiing to the end of the runway and taking off is fantastic. You also get a FIDO landing towards the end of the film.
Loved it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Times 3 Oct 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Nightbombers (1943) makes a tremendous contrast with Target For Tonight (1941), and not just because it is in colour. The whole tone of the film is different; more (grim) business like. It follows a raid through the full cycle, and includes the many stages of preparing the bombers and their crews. It also hints at the myriad nations represented in the RAF. The fates of the crewmen are particularly worth reflecting upon.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars real life heroes 27 April 2011
Format:DVD
Something like a fly on the wall documentary on a lancaster bomber base during world war 2, this programme is a wonderful representation of a slice of life for real heroes during the war. There is something about this that seems infinitely more normal and lifelike than other war footage. Perhaps it is the focus on daily routine or the familiar British environment. It brings home the realisation that it was just ordinary people were experiencing this war.

The colour footage is of remarkable quality and the sound is really very good. the extent of what is shown is really impressive and there is even plenty of footage from a night time raid as well as life on the base. This is a gripping account and I highly recommend it.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Astonishing 8 April 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD
An utterly astonishing account of a day in the life of a Lancaster Bomber base, this DVD contains only footage taken at the time. Utterly real, utterly gripping, utterly terrifying. Lancaster bombers lasted just 40 hours in the air. Each mission lasted 7. Brave or crazy? You decide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable.
Highly Recommended! This is some of the best footage of RAF bombers during WW2 and it's in incredibly rare colour format. Read more
Published 2 months ago by j edgar lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Night Bombers
Rarely can you find original colour photographs of British wartime operations, let alone film footage. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Curly
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare insight to the daily life of an RAF bomber squadron during WW2
A brilliant documentary. Rare footage of the preparation for a raid by an RAF Lancaster bomber squadron. It's difficult to believe that this is 70 years ago. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paul Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Local history
this dvd has quite a lot of local history for us as we know several of the places mentioned i.e. Bawtry Hall
Published 7 months ago by Dm Sadler
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent original film of actual operations.
Thoroughly enjoyed the 'real life' filming. My father in law was with bomber command until shot down and taken POW in 1944, so this is of particular interest to me. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Algis
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightbombers
(aka Nightbombers over Berlin) Brilliant colour WWII film footage, covers all the aspects of the British night bomber war including the risks, accidents, lots of statistics and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by B. Perham
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
An amazing insight into life on a Bomber Station during WW11, also the inflight film of a crew on actual raid was an experience I did not think I would ever be able to have... Read more
Published 14 months ago by andreww
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
If you have an interest in WWII aviation, and particularly the story of Bomber Command, I recommend this as a great snapshot. Read more
Published 15 months ago by John Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enlightening and a good film. It certainly shows the dangers and...
Very enlightening and a good film. it certainly shows the dangers and traumas they went throught and the determination of the crews
Published 16 months ago by KABUKI
5.0 out of 5 stars Night Bombers [DVD]
This is excellent viewing for anybody fascinated by WW2 and Bomber Command. Perfect for research, it met all my expectations. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Christopher Keltie
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