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This review is from: The General Post Office Film Unit Collection Vol.3 - If War Should Come [DVD] (DVD)
This collection is simply a gem. It gives an invaluable guide to how the Government prepared for a war that they surprisingly knew was imminent. Even duing Chamberlain's Appeasement and the Munich Agreement it is apparent that war was inevitable.
Parts of it are a touch chilling especially when we see the air-raid precautions being set up in London. Within eighteen months, London was ablaze and doubtless all the hard work with preparations helped to a great degree. It is difficult for us to imagine how awful the thought of total war must have been to the civilian population.
When we get to the actual war and in particular the Blitz you can see with great clarity how dreadful it must have been. The two films, "London Can Take it" and "Christmas Under Fire" are astounding. I defy anyone not to shed a little tear at the Christmas one. These two films were made with the intention of showing to an American audience and are written and narrated by eminent US journalist, Quentin Reynolds.
Don't be surprised if some of the footage is familiar to you, this is because a lot of it has been used as stock footage for films and documentaries.
If the history of this contry interests you at all, you have to have this collection or if even you know nothing about the second world war, this is truly worth having. I wholeheartedly recommend it.