Primary History KS2: WW2 Clips. The bombing of a convoy

A reporter describes the scene as an Allied convoy comes under attack from the air.

A reporter describes the scene as an Allied convoy comes under attack from the air.

BBC war correspondent, Charles Gardner, recorded this commentary on 14 July 1940 when he witnessed an aerial engagement between the RAF and German dive-bombers attacking a convoy in the English Channel.

When it was broadcast it caused something of an uproar. Many people in Britain felt that such an eye-witness account was too dramatic, was inappropriate to be broadcast as 'news' and reduced a life-and-death struggle between combatants to the level of a sporting contest.

What reaction would it get today?

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