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Pathe Archive -A Year To Remember - The 1940s [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Sfe
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 585 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004J3AO46
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,695 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Using rare news footage and interviews from the incredible British Pathé archive, this extraordinary series provides a unique year by year look at what made the news of yesteryear. With a comprehensive hour long programme on each year of the 1940s, this 3 disc - set package provides the definitive insight into the decade that took us from World War through Victory to an all new age of austerity in a newly divided world.

At the beginning of the 1940s - the world woke up to the expansionist ambitions of Nazi Germany as Hitler's forces made steady progress invading Finland, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Holland and France. Japan, Yugoslavia, Greece and Bulgaria bolstered the Axis Forces. By 1942, a state of global war ensued; the US had entered the conflict following the Japanese attack on the US Navy at Pearl Harbour and the war spread to campaigns in the Pacific, Burma, North Africa, Russia and the Atlantic. 1943 was a tuning point for the Allies with the bloody siege of Stalingrad ending, success repelling the German forces in Tunisia and the surrender of Italy. D-Day in June 1944 saw the Normandy landings of Allied invasion troops - the world's biggest combined land, sea and air operation. As the Allied force made progress to Berlin and eventual Victory In Europe, the grim realities of the concentration camps were revealed to a disgusted world.

Post-war, the United Nations and NATO were formed and the Iron Curtain fell and divided Europe and Berlin. In the UK, a new age of austerity began with wartime rationing continuing and a challenging balance of payments deficit with many produced goods strictly for 'Export Only'. Princess Elizabeth married, the Welfare State and the NHS were inaugurated and the Nationalisation of core public utilities and industries began in earnest under Clement Attlee's post-war Labour government.

9 hours 45 mins; Black and White.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Thank for the Memory 31 Jan 2013
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Great stuff from Pathe, really such pity the technical quality is bog standard and copied from a video source, don't really think I would have purchased it if I had know the quality was so poor. Surprised by Pathe for not coping it properly from the vast stock of news reels they have. Love the material hate the poor quality please do better next time Pathe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent compilation 10 July 2013
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One of the few DVDs available that offer largely unmediated segments from classic newsreels. Each segment offers about an hour of newsreel footage, covering all the important events of the year depicted and using the original soundtrack from the original Pathe News showing. Extremely good :-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great looking back 7 Feb 2014
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I purchased this DVD because it is of the period when I was born and I wanted to look back on that time to see what it was like during the 1940s especially fallowing the war.

I would recommend it to others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 11 Jun 2013
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I love these series of DVD's they are very interesting to watch back on the old news of yesteryear i really enjoyed them
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5.0 out of 5 stars A year to remember 1940 7 Jun 2011
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I was born in the 1960's but it was my parents & relatives era. Brilliant DVD as usual. Top marks.
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