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War Pictorial News

1940 - 1946
Newsreel - World War 2 series
The War Pictorial News ran from September 1940 until October 1945, when its name was changed to the World Pictorial News. The War Pictorial News was released by the Cairo office of the Ministry of Information, and distributed to all Allied troops stationed in the Middle East. It carried many stories from the domestic British newsreels, but its geographical location also gave it early access to certain stories released from the USSR. It was released with a special commentary in either English, French or Arabic. Under the title World Pictorial News it continued to be distributed in occupied territories until August 1946.
The database is compiled from documents in the Slade History Film Register, which includes information from the Imperial War Museum and some viewing notes.
Other Information
Material is in the ownership of the Imperial War Museum Film & Video Archive, which administers the rights.

Films in this series can be obtained from:

Film Archive

Imperial War Museum Film and Video Archive
020 7416 5291
020 7416 5379
Lambeth Road
London SE1 6HZ
The IWM also preserves the original nitrate film copies for the World War II period of British Paramount News, Gaumont British News and Universal News.
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