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Why We Fight by Frank Capra, a WWII propaganda film that was shown for 10ish minutes in classes the week of June 4th.
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From November 1940, the Luftwaffe extended its bombing campaign to industrial towns, cities and ports around the UK. Margaret Chifeny was a member of the Women’s Land Army, and here she recalls how on one of her days off she went to a dance in Coventry.
Every building seemed to be on fire and in the distance flames were lighting up the cathedral. I was petrified and couldn’t move. A warden dragged me to the ground as the scream of another bomb came, but he left me to run to a woman who was on fire. He rolled her on the ground to put out the flames and took her to a shelter. I looked around to see if I could see any of the girls I had come with, but more bombs were falling and I needed somewhere to shelter. I heard another screaming bomb and threw myself behind a hedge and covered my ears against the bang. I don’t know how long I stayed – it seemed like hours. There were so many buildings burning that the firemen were helping people rather than trying to put them out. I knew that if I didn’t move soon I would die of cold. How I wished I had my old boots and breeches on instead of a dress and these silly shoes.
I tried to get to the station to get back to the Land Army base, but had no idea which way it was. When I finally saw the railway bridge I thought, ‘at last’, and then for the second time that night I was dragged to the ground, this time by a fireman who pointed to a land mine hanging like a chandelier from the bridge, its parachute caught.
I spent the rest of the night wet, cold and very frightened in a lady’s coal cellar underneath her house. There were several other occupants. One poor lady had completely lost her mind; she was screaming and trying to get out, saying that her son was somewhere in the city.
How I got back to base is still a mystery. I had a ride in a car, a tractor and the last transport I remember was a horse and cart.
Now when I see people in films or on TV falling out of windows with their clothes on fire I wonder how many like me remember that it really did happen during the Blitz. It will stay with me for ever.
This letter from Will, an ARP (Air-Raid Precautions) warden and schoolteacher in Leytonstone, to his brother in Wales describes the first weeks of the Blitz.
I can’t possibly tell you of the number of bombs which have fallen, say, within one mile of this house. Stratford, Bow and Plaistow are terribly smashed up. Bombs fell on a number of shops in Leytonstone High Road and smashed four of them to mere rubble. Last Saturday night was the worst. An aerial torpedo landed directly on houses in Forest Drive West. Five were blown to pieces – not a stick of furniture could be seen – only piles of earth, bricks and beams of timber. Eleven bodies have been recovered and they think there are more to be found. Forty houses have been rendered uninhabitable and scores more in the street behind have had windows, doors, etc, destroyed.
I must confess that the long weary hours of waiting and listening through the night, quite alone in the house with not a soul to talk to, are very trying, but I am profoundly glad that Rube and the kiddies are away. This is no place for women and children. Many folk have packed up and left here recently and I don’t blame them. Nearly all the main-line
and suburban stations are closed. However, the biggest nuisance is the inability to shop, get a bath, haircut or go to church without being disturbed by the raids.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-1294420/Blitz-Diary—Life-Under-Fire-Second-World-War-An-exclusive-extract-Carol-Harriss-new-book.html#ixzz2UgAjJZvT
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