Turning raw recruits into a warlike fighting unit is effectively portrayed in the wartime film, ‘The Way Ahead’, Phil Jarman looks at the origins of this morale boosting movie.

The brief set by Prime Minister Winston Churchill for the creators of an uplifting screenplay was to inspire public support for the British Army in the same manner that ‘In Which We Serve’ had achieved for the Royal Navy earlier in the Second World War. Looking to movie actor and Army Officer David Niven to realise his ambition, Churchill’s task was fulfilled in the acclaimed film, ‘The Way Ahead’ which was released in 1944.

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