Published on Apr 23, 2011
Original titles: Dover (1942) or Dover Front Line.
A British Ministry of Information Second World War film, released by the Office of War Information, about Dover during 1942. This version for US consumption is narrated by the American journalist and media figure, Edward R. Murrow.
Dover Town Hall
St Martin's Battery "Look-a-like"
This World War Two (WWII, WW2) film gives a resume of the Battle of Britain and Dunkirk Evacuation, 'current' Royal Navy training (including commando raids and landing craft operations), Army Infantry training in the preliminay build-up for D-Day, and the future of the air war.
Interviews with, and contributions from, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force (RAF Fighter Pilot and Bomber Pilot) personnel and a woman from a mixed Anti-Aircraft Battery. A shore battery 'in action'.
Interviews with local residents including the Mayor.
Farming and other rural scenes, general views of Dover. Specific bomb damage to the Grand Hotel and Burlington Hotel. Scene of the Salvation Army playing amid the ruins. Front-line country - "Hell-fire Corner".
Approximately the last third is concerned with the air war (although aerial footage is included throughout) and types of military aeroplanes mentioned include: German Messerschmitt 109 (ME 109), Spitfire, Blenheim, Boston, Stirling, Manchester, Lancaster, Manchester, Hurricane, Wellington, Halifax.
John Latter / Jorolat
Dover Blog: The Psychology of a Small Town:
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