Rare color footage of the London Blitz found

September 8th, 2010 - 7:46 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

London, Sep 8 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A rare colored footage of when Britain came under siege from the Nazi Germany has been shown by the Westminster City Council to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the event.

It may be recalled that on the September 7, 1940 through to May 1941, Britain was pummeled with loads of bombs from the Germans. The Germans wanted to bomb Britain to submission during the World War II. Britain survived and the footage showed then Prime Minister, Winston Churchill reviewing a parade of the country’s civil defense workers at the Hyde Park.

The footage, which is 20 minutes long, was taken by an air raid warden A.E. Reneson Coucher. He was the mayor of Marylebone. The video, which has not been seen for decades, was recently sent to the British authorities by the family of Coucher when they discovered it.

The video also shows the ruins of some of Britain’s landmarks. The video, which is called “Pages from St. Marylebone’s War Diary” shows the destruction of some of London’s landmarks such as John Lewis store on Oxford Street. There are also bombing victims who are being treated by medical personnel on the video. It also shows training exercises of civil defense workers fighting fires with hand pumps and buckets of water.

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