IWM Films

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by von Poop, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Gradually increasing number appearing online at IWM Collections:

    Sadly, no Piano Soundtrack, but some great footage of an early simulator on rails, from 4:14. Still boggles my mind that these blokes were taking to the Air with Machineguns after barely a decade of powered flight:
    TAILS UP FRANCE [Main] | Imperial War Museums

    John Wayne? Pah, we had Robert Morley:
    COMMANDO - THE STORY OF THE GREEN BERET (long version) [Main] | Imperial War Museums

    "Veterans of the North African and Syrian campaigns see combat in New Guinea with the 7th Australian Division, 1943-44." :
    JUNGLE PATROL [Main] | Imperial War Museums

    Need to prepare a landing on Sicilian Beaches? There's a film for that:
    COMBINED OPERATIONS: BEACH ORGANISATION [Main] | Imperial War Museums
    (Good stuff on recovery & Docks Operating Companies etc., as well as that remarkable narrator's voice.)

    Searching for 'Army Training' under 'Video' is fertile ground, do tell if you encounter any good ones.
     
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  2. Hebridean Chindit

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  3. Bazooka Joe

    Bazooka Joe Member

    Great stuff! Thanks for sharing these links.
     
  4. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

  5. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    always makes me wonder if Grandad might suddenly appear.
    IWM's accessible online collection appears to be growing at such a rate, I'd think it might well be worth people keeping more of an eye out for Grandad on there.


    Prescient Hitler-impersonator here at 5:57, followed by a cowboy... :huh:
    WITH OUR TERRITORIALS AT THE FRONT [Main] | Imperial War Museums

    17Lber production/prototyping, Tiger testing (Jerry's got ahead with the Mk. VI!), and some reassurance:
    a DATE WITH A TANK [Main] | Imperial War Museums

    SOE explosives - in colour. Must sit down with this and the Agents catalogue to work out what they're using. looks like a fun trip to the woods:
    [SPECIAL OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE TESTING OF EXPLOSIVE AND INCENDIARY DEVICES FOR SABOTAGE] [Allocated] | Imperial War Museums
    [SPECIAL OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE TESTING OF EXPLOSIVE AND INCENDIARY DEVICES FOR SABOTAGE] [Allocated] | Imperial War Museums
     
  6. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

  7. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    Great Tony....
     
  8. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thanks Tony,

    Your post made me look at my contribution, only to discover it is now off-line again.
     
  9. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

    I can only talk about the 'A' series 'Normandy'films but every film has an assigned address. That is the film itself is online or there is a placeholder address that is waiting for the film to be uploaded and shows as 'no media available online'. I think the IWM search function is worse than useless for a systematic search and if you look for a specific film and it is not yet uploaded the search will not tell you straight out that it is not uploaded but gives you a barrage of partial/near hits that you have to check one-by-one to discover if it is the actual one you want by elimination. There is no way to check for 'recently uploaded' films either so again if you want to see if the links have become live you have to check each one individually. I use AHF to do this. I compose a 'reply' to a random post and insert a batch of links. Then I preview it and click on each link to see if the film is online. Slow methodical work that I do every month or so. Out of some 664 films I am interested in (A70/30 to the A140s) 374 are online. I have a 'master list' of all the live links and placeholders I compiled the hard way, one-by-one!
     
  10. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Fiddling with the last 5 digits of the URLs is interesting.
    https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1060020000

    There might conceivably be a link to number range & upload time. Though only if they're working through bookmarked URLs sequentially, which is quite an assumption.
    Highest saved URLs with no media I've got to are in the 5000s:
    LAUNCH OF HMS BULLDOG [Allocated Title]
    Don't really think there's a logical procession, though.

    Whatever, it's one wildcard way of throwing out random interesting stuff:

    Noel Coward on the Paris Resistance
    LE JOURNAL DE LA RESISTANCE [Main Title]

    And a copy of the True glory.
    THE TRUE GLORY [Main Title]

    (Those were shown by sequential single digit url changes. So maybe possible you can find the end of whatever's on there & see if it extends as they upload more.)
     
  11. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

    A lot of films are sequential numbering but not all. There are also random abrupt changes only to later revert to previous sequencing. In short adding '1' to the last film will not always guarantee you a walk through the films in chronological order.
     
  12. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Confirmed that from first try!
    Might just lead to a 'latest upload' end of the entire project, though.

    Now intrigued by the equipment used to get potentially fragile celluloid onto digital.
    Wonder if it has to run at standard speed.
    Massively more URLs saved than uploads. Slow old business.
     
  13. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Are some IWM films only on line temporarily ? I watched a Canadian return from 2nd BEF film a while back, went to look today and there is apparently "No media available on line" :-(

    CANADIAN TROOPS IN PLYMOUTH [Allocated Title]

    Bamboo had the same problem I see. Is there a policy behind this ?
     

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