I Was There...: The Blitz

07/06/2004
  |  Buy to Own: 21/05/2001
  |  60 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

This documentary relives the dark days of the Blitz through the eyes of those who experienced it first time round. Germany's bombing campaign commenced on August 23 1940, with the Luftwaffe targeting British aircraft factories and airfields; however, the planes flew off course and nine civilians were killed. Britain responded with an attack on Berlin on the 25th, which so incensed Hitler that he ordered London razed to the ground. Many died in the bombing attacks which followed, but the British public refused to have their spirit broken; those relating their wartime tales here include Johnny Smythe, who witnessed the raids as a boy while beachcombing, bomb diffuser Walter Higgs and evacuee James Roffrey.

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