Showreel: Keeping fit
Be inspired by IWM's archive to get fit
From the novelty of women playing football to keeping fit by hoeing, we look at initiatives to encourage health and fitness for civilians and military personnel in the First and Second World Wars.
1. A matron at a convalescent hospital plays football with veterans from the Battle of Jutland. Topical Budget, 1916. NTB 277/2
2. Female teams from the munitions factories play a football match at Southend, Essex. Topical Budget, 1918. IWM 339/1
3. Civilians are encouraged to keep fit for war work - through running, rowing, cycling, swimming. Fitness for Service, 1941. UKY 267
4. Holidaymakers are asked to avoid train travel for summer beach trips and to cycle instead. Warwork News no. 51, 1944.S15 51
5. Colour film shot by the Royal Navy Film Combat Unit of servicemen exercising on board ship the day after D-Day, 1944. ADM 1234A
6. Royal Engineers enjoy time off by swimming in a canal in Normany.Swimmers in the Canal de Caen de la Mer, 1944. A70 121/2
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