Shadow of the Ruhr

United Kingdom, 1947

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Episode of Series “This Modern Age”.
For fifty years the Ruhr Valley has been the key to Germany’s economy in war and peace; but because it is essentially a heavy-industry area, the Ruhr is also the arsenal and aggressive potential of Germany. At the end of World War 2, the Ruhr Valley was in ruins - factories, foundries, mines, warehouses, and homes reduced to rubble and ashes, the people short of food, without shelter, and with little prospect of employment. The policy of the Allies immediately after WW2 was to prevent the Ruhr from ever producing arms again; but as friction between the great nations has increased in the post-war world, the western powers have once again begun to develop the Ruhr’s armaments industries.

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J. Arthur Rank



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This Modern Age

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This Modern Age


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Subject categories

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Weapons


Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

History → Germany - History

History → Germany - History - 1945-1955

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain




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16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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