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Lightning sketch propaganda stirs outrage about Reims bombing, and features a British bulldog eating the German sausage
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1914 6 mins Silent
The bombing of Reims Cathedral in the early months of WWI was perfect propaganda material for the Allied Powers: here, the appropriately named illustrator Lancelot Speed rattles off lightning sketches of Kaiser 'Bully Boy' Wilhelm and the Gothic edifice. The action then picks up as - with the aid of cotton wool and scissors - the building tumbles.
In what was the first of four Bully Boy films by Speed, things then take a little turn for the weird. The Kaiser morphs into a sausage which is cooked under the watchful gaze of Lord Kitchener, before the British bulldog appears to wolf it down. Britons, Lord Kitchener wants you to eat sausages! God save the King.
The First World War
Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Silent Location: Richmond
A one-armed soldier is among those shown diligently manufacturing poppies on the 10th anniversary of Armistice Day at a factory in Richmond.
Non-Fiction 1914 2 mins Silent
A muted newsreel tribute to Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand - victim of an assassin's bullet in an event that would soon take Europe to war.
War 1992 115 mins Location: Trawsfynydd
The stirring story of poet Ellis Evans-Hedd Wyn, the Welsh poet posthumously awarded the Eisteddfod chair at Birkenhead in 1917 after failing to return from 1st World War trenches.
Musical 1929 16 mins
Take your seat for an Armistice concert by military bands playing a medley of songs commonly sung during WWI.
War 1927 109 mins Silent Location: Hounslow
Dramatic reconstruction of the Somme
Non-Fiction 1917 4 mins Silent Location: City of London
Twisted metal, jagged wood and piles of rubble: the devastating aftermath of an air raid in London.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.