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Chronicling London during the midst of World War II, London 1942 illustrates the changes in daily life brought about by the pressures of war.
A picture of wartime London
'A picture of London in 1942 showing a cheerful though bomb-scarred city. The streets are full of British and Allied servicemen. In the parks there are allotments; tomatoes grow on roof tops. The film shows Londoners in the Home Guard and Civil Defence. It ends with scenes of London after dark.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-1943)
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