Title ID 9497Collection ID216
Title[The work of the ARP following a bombing raid on Brighton]
DateMay - September 1943
CollectionWinston Robinson
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionLocal Topical
ThemeWartime And Military Case Study The Home Front
KeywordsSecond World War (1939-1945) Aircraft Civil Defence Wars Uniforms
LocalBrighton Hove
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionWinston Robinson
CameraWinston Robinson
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An amateur black and white film of wartime Brighton capturing the aftermath of a bombing raid, the work of the ARP and an ARP training drill.


The film opens to scenes of men clearing bomb damaged residential areas. Many people stand and observe the wreckage, some parts of the buildings hanging precariously. An ARP staff team are inspected in a line-up and congregate ready for duties, meanwhile a squadron of cadets, a military band and local ARP wardens march through the streets. People help to clear debris and groups gather in the grounds of the Royal Pavilion sifting through the upturned earth in the gardens. A few fleeting shots follow of a farmer with pigs in their pigsty before returning to scenes of tanks travelling eastwards along Western Road, Brighton and Hove.

Roadworkers deal with damage and a sign in a field alerts 'Danger Police Notice Unexploded Bomb Keep Clear' followed by shots of the bomb crater. More scenes of bomb damaged houses with teams of ARP (RP/U repair and rescue parties) assisting. Two women from the Women's Voluntary Service arrive to open the Brighton Civil Defence Mobile Canteen and lay out tea cups. "Rocko de Bomber 13" is written on the side of a German aeroplane's fuselage which has crash-landed in a field. The insignia includes the Balkenkreuz Wehrmacht emblem on the fuselage and a swastika on the tail fin. A convoy of ambulances passes by. Further shots of the German aeroplane's fuselage. Men are seen at work in the ARP control room, messages are received, squads and vehicles coordinated and a FAP (First Aid Party) is sent out to an incident to conduct a rescue. This last sequence is staged for the camera.


A black and white still image taken from TID 9497, showing a group of men dressed in A.R.P uniforms clearing through the rubble of bombed out buildings in Brighton. Piles of debris swamps the road and pavement, as what remains of the building can be seen behind them; brickwork and inner rooms now exposed.
A black and white still image taken from TID 9497, showing a group of Army cadets holding bugal horns in the road outside St Anne's Church, Kemptown.
A black and white still image taken from TID 9497, showing the remains of the fuselage of a German aircraft that has crash landed in a field. Three A.R.P men cram themselves into the cockpit to investigate the wreck.