Independence Day 1947: Unseen archival footage you must see today

Here is a compilation of the best archival footage of 1947.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: August 15, 2014 9:37:57 am
1947 Lord Mountbatten, Edwina Mountbatten and Jawaharlal Nehru at the first Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi. (Source: Express Archive)

Almost all Indians have seen footage of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s midnight tryst with destiny speech, but very few have seen what was happening in other parts of the country during August 15. UK newsreel archive company British Pathé’s archive, recently made available on YouTube, includes dozens of clips from August 1947.

The full British Pathé’s collection consists 85,000 videos or 3,500 hours of historical footage shot between 1896 and 1976.

Here is a compilation of the best.

India and Pakistan gain Independence

India Independence Day scenes (silent)

Post-Independence reception at India House, London

Independence Day celebrations in Bombay

Last batch of British troops leave India (1948)

The takeover: UK paints a grim picture

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