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Give Us More Ships

Public appeal to save more for the war effort

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An stirring appeal during the Second World War narrated by Leslie Banks for the public to help the navy buy more warships and cargo ships "to win this war ". The film features footage of the war in the Atlantic, convoys of ships at sea, sea battles, tanks and aircraft being unloaded from ships, shipbuilding and Nelson's flagship 'Victory'.

Questions & Activities


  • How has military technology changed since WWII?
  • What is the aim of the film?
  • How was the war effort funded?
  • How does the tone of voice influence our emotions?
  • What rhetorical and cinematic techniques are used to build the patriotic mood?


Media Studies / Modern Studies / Moving Image Education: Compare the tone of this film with fund-raising drives that we see in the media today. Make a fund raising film (Enterprise Project) for something important for your school and community.

English: Discuss the different rhetorical devices that are used to encourage people to part with their money in this film and whether the narration could be called poetic.

History / Home Front / Enterprise: Compare this film with the 'Food flashes' in the Scotland on Screen collection and design your own slogan and wartime poster. Then put on a themed Home Front exhibition for parents and the local community to help raise funds for other projects.

History / Home Front / Moving Image Education: Create and record your own rhyming poem and make your own fund raising film using WWII archive footage in this collection (search on World War II).

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-147-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of National Savings and Investments
Project Ref 0866
Date 1941
Genre Advert, Propaganda
School Subject English, Art and Design, History
Subject Matter Enterprise, Citizenship, Community involvement, Advertising
Who Merton Park Studios (production company), National Savings Committee (sponsor)
Where Atlantic Ocean, Glasgow, Portsmouth
Event World War II
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 4:06
Film Length 04:06