Films

Timeline of Films from the Home Front.

Events highlighted on the timeline represent some of the many aspects of home front life featured on this site. Click on the film titles to find out more.

1936

Developments in Europe begin to spark fears of a new war

Sheffield Peace March (1936)

Sheffield Peace March (1936)

1937

Air Raid Precautions service is established

This is a Matter which Vitally Concerns You (1938)

This is a Matter which Vitally Concerns You (1938)

September 1938

Munich Crisis intensifies fears and preparations for war

Southsea Review - Munich Crisis (1938)

Southsea Review - Munich Crisis (1938)

May 1939

The military make preparations for war

The Leicester Yeomanry (May 1939)

The Leicester Yeomanry (May 1939)

August 1939

Many community activities carry on as 'normal'

Gunnislake Carnival (August 1939)

Gunnislake Carnival (August 1939)

1 September 1939

First official wave of evacuation begins

ARP/ Malton Evacuees (1939)

ARP/ Malton Evacuees (1939)

3 September 1939

Britain declares war on Germany

   

throughout the war

The impact of war on families is captured on film

Mine Camp - Sheppard family at home (1939-1945)

Mine Camp - Sheppard family at home (1939-1945)

War Time - Gowlland family at home (1939-1940)

War-time Picnic St Austell Bay (1940)

Hickling Family During the War (1941)

October 1939

The public are first urged to 'Dig For Victory' and grow their own vegetables

Dig for Victory (1940-1941)

Dig for Victory (1940/1941)

December 1939

First Christmas on the home front

Mine Camp - Sheppard family at home (1939-1945)

War-time Christmas Dinner (1939)

May 1940

LDV/Home Guard is formed and begins training

Formation of the Home Guard, Thornton Bradford (1939-1945)

Formation of the Home Guard, Thornton Bradford (1939-1945)

Bomb damage and Home Guard (1940)

Home Guard 'D Coy' Aston Park Birmingham (ca.1940)

 

June 1940

Land Clubs are established to encourage volunteer farm labour

Start a Land Club (1942)

Start a Land Club (1942)

throughout the war

Communities raise funds to help the war effort

Hinckley 4 (Red Cross Sale 1940)

Hinckley 4 (Red Cross Sale 1940)

Leatherhead Newsreel (1940-1945)

Walton’s Parade for Victory (1941)

Salute the Soldier Week (1944)

throughout the war

Some aspects of home life continue 'as normal'

Scenes of Childhood 2 (1940-1945)

Castleton 1940: Lose Hill: 5th Mansfield (St John Pathfinder) Boy Scouts (1940)

Scenes of Childhood 2 (1940-1945)

War-time Holiday, Exmoor (1943)

December 1940

Blitz bombings in Southampton begin

Port of Destiny - Bombings (Dec 1940)

Port of Destiny (Blitz bombings Dec 1940)

throughout the war

ARP drills and training activities are filmed

Air Raid Practice - Knoll School Hove (ca. 1940)

Sheffield at War (1939-1945)

Air Raid Practice – Knoll School Hove (ca.1940)

ARP in Sandiacre (ca.1940)

Buoyant Upholstery Fire and Incendiary (1940)

Newcastle ARP (ca.1940)

June 1941

Clothes rationing is introduced - a 'make-do and mend' attitude is encouraged

Charminster Mixed School, Bournemouth (ca.1941)

Charminster Mixed School, Bournemouth (ca.1941)

December 1941

Women are conscripted into the armed forces, agriculture and factory work

Hunshelf Gunsite (1940-1945)

Hunshelf Gunsite (1940-1945)

Spitfire components (ca.1941)

April 1942

Blitz bombings in Exeter begin

Exeter Blitz Aftermath (1942)

Exeter Blitz Aftermath (1942)

1942

Foreign Prisoners of War are used in farm labour and other work

Sherrif Hutton Agricultural and Rural Scenes (1940s)

Sheriff Hutton Agricultural and Rural Scenes (1940s)

throughout the war

Home Guard training and activities continue

Cornish Home Guard (1942/1943)

Procedures in the Event of an Enemy Attack (1941?)

West Sussex Home Guard (1941?)

Cornish Home Guard (1942/1943)

Kendal Home Guard (ca.1943)

June 1944

V1 Bombing attacks start

 

Front Line London (July 1944)

June 1944

Preparations for D Day landings make an impact on the home front

Peace Tree Presentation (1944)

Holidays at Home (1944)

Peace Tree Presentation (1944)

throughout the war

Films, broadcasts and events are used to boost morale

Adderwell Works, Frome (1944)

Adderwell Works, Frome - BBC ‘Works Wonders’ concert (1944)

Calling Blighty (1944)

Our Country (1944)

7 May 1945

Formal German surrender

   

8 May 1945

VE Day celebrations take place

VE Day; Gateshead (May 1945)

Bradford VE Day (May 1945)

Grantham VE Day Celebrations (May 1945)

Newton Abbot Street Party (May 1945)

VE Day Celebrations in Brighton (May 1945)

VE Day; Derby (May 1945)

VE Day; Gateshead (May 1945)

1945 - 1946

Victory celebrations and peace-time commemoration continues

Sheffield VE Day/Indian Victory Parade (1945-1947)

Eastleigh Victory Walk (September 1945)

Christmas At Peace (December 1945)

Civilians in Uniform (ca.1946)

Sheffield V.E.Day/ Indian Victory Parade (Indian Victory Parade June 1946)

1945 - 1946

A housing crisis develops

 

Homes For The People (1945)

Home Front Squatters (16 Sept 1946) & Pathé Opinion Poll (23 Sept 1946)

July 1946

Bread rationing is introduced

 

July 21st Bread Rationing (July 1946)

1946 - 1947

Post-war documentaries and instructional films are used to introduce new ideas

As Easy as A-B-C (1946)

As Easy as A-B-C (1946)

New Faces Come Back (1946)

Jack Frost Strikes Again (1947)

1948

The National Health Service is established

 

Charley: Your Very Good Health (1948)

1948 - 1960s

An era of post-war rebuilding and optimism gathers pace

Mild and Bitter - Rebuilding Portsmouth (1963)

Rebuilding Exeter (1947-1952)

Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition (1951)

First Citizens of New Estate (1951)

Festival in London (1951)

Mild and Bitter - Rebuilding Portsmouth (1963)