How did London’s commuters get to work during the blitz? A propaganda film from 1941 says, blitz? What blitz? Everything’s normal down here.
Filmed after the start of the Blitz, ‘City Bound‘ is an exploration of the daily commute into London from the suburbs in 1941.
“Barrage balloons, steel helmets and gas masks – but little else – show the presence of war. People just carried on.”
Being made during WW2, it’s subject to the censors, and is a very upbeat view of life in London for the average commuter — and is a jolly good look back at some old footage of London trains and buses.
“3,600 train coaches; 6,400 buses; 2,700 trams and trollybuses. 8,000 workmen”
Sit back and enjoy some patriotic music, and look out for signs in tube station entrances pointing to the nearest air raid shelter, the contrails from German bombers overhead, and London’s suburbs while they were still countryside.
Of course, what you wont see on this idyllic vision of life for the average (aka, quite rich) commuter from the shires are the diversions and delays caused by overnight bombing raids.
No mention of bombed out railway tracks and bridges being hurriedly repaired.
Just “These the ordinary people of London” going about life as if the war wasn’t even happening.
Watch the 10-minute film below: