DVD pictures of the way we war

STREET PARTY: VE Day celebrations in Sunderland town centre.
STREET PARTY: VE Day celebrations in Sunderland town centre.
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ARCHIVE images of wartime scenes have been released giving a new insight into life during the Second World War.

Photographs taken during the conflict in Sunderland and East Durham feature in a new DVD compiled by history buffs.

TEST RUN: Children in Easington Colliery try out their gas masks.

TEST RUN: Children in Easington Colliery try out their gas masks.

Film footage also features in North of England and the Home Front Years, 1939 to 1945.

John Dawson, one of the team that produced the film, said: “Viewers can witness the evacuation of children from our areas, the home guard, air raid protection, women’s land army, the days of food rationing and so much more.

“What makes this so interesting is that it is the first time ever that a compilation has been put together to include our areas in the north of England.

“As we delve back in time, you will witness just what it was like in those days. The evacuations were very hard for children and parents alike, and you will see for yourself what they went through.”

PLOUGHING ON: Land girls pose for a picture as they take a break from preparing a County Durham field.

PLOUGHING ON: Land girls pose for a picture as they take a break from preparing a County Durham field.

Home Guard training sessions, the construction of Anderson shelters, scrap being collected for the war effort and the munitions factories are also among the scenes depicted.

“Rationing was strict, and it is all on film as we join the shoppers in their quest for food,” said John.

“Another feature of the Second World War was the holidays at home programme featuring entertainments, sport and concerts in the local parks.

“We have footage for you to enjoy, and it’s very entertaining to view.

TEAM SHOT: Members of the Women's Land Army in Easington.

TEAM SHOT: Members of the Women's Land Army in Easington.

“Finally, VE Day provoked an emotional end to the war, and we have the celebrations that occurred locally.

“There is so much more to offer, and this DVD presents a vivid and evocative account of the British people at war on the home front.”

The DVD, produced by the Six Townships history group, is priced at £5.49 but is free to schools.

It follows on from the recent release of Easington: A Journey Through Time, looking at community events held before and after the Second World War.

WAR READY: An armaments factory prepares weapons.

WAR READY: An armaments factory prepares weapons.

l The films are available online at www.sixtownships.org.uk

HEAVY WORK: Members of the women's timber corp in Easington.

HEAVY WORK: Members of the women's timber corp in Easington.