An official film made by the War Department, Highballing to Victory is a short US propaganda movie made toward the end of World War II about the importance of material and transportation in the war effort. The movie includes an emphasis on the story of tires, which proved vital for the war effort. At the 5:50 mark tire "casualties" are seen with tires damaged or destroyed in accidents, from wear, or combat. A B-24 crash is seen at 6:40, and other aircraft making ground loops and crashing.
After some stylized, art deco, opening credits, the film begins with a shot of Hitler and scenes from Nazi rallies and early conquests in Europe. "In 1940 Germany set out to dominate Europe" the narrator begins. "He look upon the Eiffel tower, and beyond it, to the Statue of Liberty." Then the scene switches to scenes in Paris soon after its liberation. "But in 1944 this happened to him." the film then goes on to explain the revolution in military logistics needed to create the Red Ball Express, a system of roadways leading all the way back to Normandy.
In quick succession the film explains how American transportation equipment, especially tires, can be used at that very moment in France, Italy, and in Russia to defeat the third Reich. The narrator reminds us that these materiel begins in America, and even the large amounts of tires and trucks created last year can be "casualties" of war already. The film also emphasizes that it is difficult even to get the materiel to the front, first having to get to port by rail, and then overseas in U-boat inhabited waters. Extensive time is spent on the transportation of materiel to China, and the difficulties getting it to Asia and over the "Hump".
The film includes footage of Paris being liberated at the 1:20 mark, as American troops and the Red Ball Express liberate the city. It contains many images of trucks and tires, including recycling efforts at 3:30. Tire manufacture is sen at the 3:40 mark. Transport of trucks across the ocean, and destroyed trucks being recycled, are seen at the 5:20 mark. Chinese troops are seen at the 7:30 mark, equipped with American equipment.
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