ON September 3, 1939, as Britain declared war on Nazi Germany, it was not only the armed forces who were mobilised. The civilian population also had a role.
A new DVD, created by a history group, looks back at how the people of South Shields and the North East coped during the war.
Home Front Years 1939 to 1945 aims to illustrate how children were evacuated, the home guard organised, air raid protection, and life in North East England during the Second World War.
The DVD has been created by the Sixtownships Community History Group, a bunch of history buffs in the North East.
The group’s secretary, John Dawson, said: “We were talking to each other about how there never seems to be any programmes or anything about the North East during the war, so we decided to make one ourselves.
“We put together archive footage and still photographs and concentrated on what it would have been like for people around here during that time.
“It aims to give people an insight into exactly how it was and the work that was going on.”
He added: “You had women workers who kept the factories and everything going while the men were away fighting, and there’s a lot which people don’t understand about that time.
“It’s to help younger people see what it was like, and it’s for older people to look back on their memories.”
The film also documents the holidays at home programme which took place during the war, sports events and concerts in local parks, and VE Day celebrations.
The DVD is on sale for £5.49, but the group is offering it to schools free of charge.
Mr Dawson added: “It’s completely free for the schools, because it’s important for the children to know what it was like back then.
“Kids can sometimes take things that they’ve got for granted.
“Looking back at how everyone had to pull together during the war will open their eyes.
“I’m very in to my history and as a group we enjoy looking back on the way things were, and we hope other people do too.”
To buy the Home Front Years DVD and find out more about the history group, log on to www.sixtownships.org.uk