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History of censorship - 1939

Wartime censorship

This certificate outlines the Chief Censor's cuts to a World War II newsreel about the British troops left behind at Dunkirk.

The excision notice reads as follows:

I hereby give you notice that dialogue is to be removed in the film Pathé News No. 93D

  • 'Thirty thousand British are left dead or captured by the Germans.'
  • also 'suffer a terrific setback, realising that they are underequipped on land & in the air.'

Please send second and subsequent copies, or notify in writing within ten days that no second copy will be imported.

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Chief Censor's excision notice
Chief Censor's excision notice