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Produced in the 1980s, this Cold War National Guard recruiting film shows the Guard conducting war games with Bell helicopters and M-60 and M-48 tanks. Voice-over explains the importance of the Guard and the benefits to being part of the nation's oldest branch of military service. Basic training is shown. A drill instructor is shown at 2:00, and advanced training at the 4:20 mark including truck driving, welding, cooking, computer operations and more.     Women members of the Guard are also...
Topics: 1980s, Army National Guard, Basic Training, War Games, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage
The first episode of a two-part presentation by the Social Security Administration of the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, this educational film covers changes during the transitional period of Social Security programs and legislation during the mid-1960s. The public service film production begins with a colorful map of the United States at 0:07. The film emphasizes how Social Security serves Americans all across the country and is hosted by Roy L. Swift, the SSA's...
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Chapter 13 of the U.S. Air Force’s The Air Force Story, “Expanding Air Power, June 1943” (SFP 263-13), recounts the training program at Tyndall Field in Florida and the June 1943 Allied invasion of Pantelleria. The film opens with a shot of Tyndall Field, Florida, where the first international students (French and Chinese) begin their training. American gunnery trainees march past planes (02:14). There is a series of profile shots of the various American men training at Tyndall, including...
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This 1968 color film about air suspension by Firestone was presented by Firestone Industrial Products, a division of The Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. A semi-truck drives by a “Ship Federal Express” building (1:34). A Firestone executive glances through a “Put the Pair on Air” marketing brochure for Firestone Airide Airsprings (1:36-2:09).  A cartoon explains what air suspension is  (2:23-3:04). Suspension systems shown are buggy-style elliptical leaf springs, semi-elliptical...
Topics: Soft Touch, Firestone, Tires, Air Ride, Air Suspension, 1968, Trucks, Bugs, Stock Footage
The JD 860 Scraper is a short promotional film from John Deere, touting the features of the “money-saving” JD 860 Scraper, which John Deere released in 1969. The film (from 1969 or the early 1970s) features over 15 minutes of footage of the JD 860 Scraper at work. The film opens with a pristine JD 860 ( 00:44 ) before cutting to the JD 860 in action ( 01:15 ). The elevating scrapper with its 215-net flywheel horsepower diesel engine has a 37,500-cubic foot capacity, maximizing time on the...
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These 1950s home movies show a trip to Panama and the Canal Zone, as well as the island nation of Cuba prior to the Cuban Revolution. The trip was made by a family aboard the ocean liner RMS Mauretania towards the end of its service life (it was scrapped in 1965). Some of the sights included in the film are the Havana Zoo, the "El Rancho" Gardens in Panama City, and Castleton Gardens in Jamaica. RMS Mauretania was launched on 28 July 1938 at the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead,...
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This series of three films produced by ALCOA to educate the public about the aluminum industry focuses on the production of aluminum. The films discus Bauxite mining, refining, smelting, and delivery. The various aspects of the production of aluminum are shown including Bauxite Refining (:09), Smelting of Aluminum ( 5:30 ), and Aluminum Fabricating Process ( 10:10 ).  The Bayer process shown is the principal industrial means of refining bauxite to produce alumina (aluminium oxide). Bauxite,...
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Attention! A new higher quality version of this video is now available at: http://youtu.be/y4q9jLXpdJk Made during WWII, this 1944 color film shows the men of the Coast Guard in operation in the Atlantic. Guardsmen man and command various support vessels and transports. Their cutters serve as Navy warships. Anti-submarine patrol is an important duty, and we see PBY flying boats, cutters and destroyers fending off enemy subs. As a seaborne invasion nears, USCG personnel and the men of the...
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Made in 1957, TOWERS OF TRUTH shows how the money collected from the first Crusade for Freedom in 1950 led to the establishment of Radio Free Europe the following year. Scenes recreated by Hollywood actors portray a Cold War version of communist tyranny, the Berlin Wall and Soviet military parades, and show activities such as signal jamming as well as broadcasting. The Crusade for Freedom was an American propaganda campaign operating from 1950–1960. Its public goal was to raise funds for...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Radio Free Europe, Walter Cronkite, Cold War, Signal Jamming Radio,...
The Big Picture is an official television report from the United States Army (:42). It was a documentary program that aired from 1951 to 1964. Sergeant Stewart Queen opens the episode speaking of the foot soldiers and their vital place in the military (:49). In mountain warfare training; a finishing school for infantry men, they learn to scale up and down mountains ( 1:31 ). In Austria, the men gather around their instructor, learning to master footholds on the mountains ( 1:56 ). The...
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This film is a color film with B&W historical clips showing the 1969 Reunion of The Tailhook Association. Tailhook is a U.S.-based, non-profit fraternal organization, supporting the interests of sea-based aviation, with emphasis on aircraft carriers. The word tailhook refers to the hook underneath the tail of the aircraft that catches the arresting wire suspended across the flight deck in order to stop the landing plane quickly. Photography by the Pacific Fleet Combat Camera Group. 00:13...
Topics: 1969, US Navy, Aviation, Las Vegas, Nevada, Stock Footage
This film, from the series called “Across the 7 Seas”, presents the journey of sixteen men headed by Jack Curry of Western River Expedition as they traversed the dangerous white-water rapids of the Rio Grijalva for the first time. The story is narrated by Bob Moran (:09). It took the men eleven days to cross the seventeen mile stretch of rapids (:32). The film is presented by Jack Douglas True Television Series in association with Bing Crosby Productions (:55). The film heads to Chiapas,...
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This sales film from Caterpillar highlights the C 785 Off-Highway Truck by showing the machine in action at the company’s Arizona Proving Grounds. C 785s drive on dirt roads. The film shows the 785 from various angles (00:50), giving viewers a look at the truck’s folded core radiator, dual turbo-charged 3512 engine, and rear-mounted six-speed transmission. A man climbs up into a 785 (02:16), and viewers get a look at the cab. The dump bed is lifted. The film then shows the cylinder block of...
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This silent, amateur "gag film" was apparently made by members of the 526th U.S. Air Force 526th Fighter Squadron sometime in the 1950s. The unit provided   Air Defense of western Europe throughout the 1960s-90s in Munich vicinity. Its last assignment was with the 86th Operations Group, based at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. It was inactivated on 1 July 1994.   The film shows the unit's new F-86, meaning the film likely dates to summer of 1953, the squadron completed its move to...
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This 1965 Encyclopedia Brittanica film CHANGING MATILDA shows the "new Australia" of the 1960s with its population at 8 million. It is narrated by Chet Huntley from NBC News, and shows the nation as it transformed due to a great deal of immigration from Europe. In fact the film begins with a naturalization ceremony, and then at 2 minutes shows new arrivals from Europe. "If Australia is not El Dorado," says Huntley, "It is surely a vast improvement over the lives they...
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This 1960s U.S. Army film, one of the "Big Picture" TV shows, shows the isolated city of Berlin, Germany and describes the interaction of U.S. Army soldiers with the Russian and East German forces during the Cold War. At 2:05, the film shows the isolation and blocked of West Berlin in 1948. The Berlin Airlift is seen at 2:40. At 3:50, the construction of the Berlin Wall is seen.  At 4:30, East German army forces are seen. At 4:40, a thriving West Germany is seen with cosmopolitan...
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"Statesmen in Overalls" is a 1951 promotional film for the Christian Rural Overseas Program, also known as C.R.O.P., an ambitious private relief effort that pre-dated the Marshall Plan in Europe. Christian Rural Overseas Program (CROP) began its operation in August 1947 under the sponsorship of Church World Service. A year later Lutheran World Service and the Catholic Rural Life Conference became co-sponsors, but withdrew in 1952. For a time nearly all Catholic, Protestant and...
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“Change By Design” is a circa 1974 Ford Motor Company promotional film that discusses the automobile industry’s need to design automobiles that are not only good looking but also safe. The film opens in the Ford design center. where we are told engineers are already embracing a “new era” of design that stresses driver safety. At mark  02:10 , a reporter sits down with Ford’s director of safety design to discuss the federal government’s increased involvement in automobile safety...
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Dating to 1945, this industrial incentive film YOUR MISTAKE TOKYO was intended to sell war bonds and encourage American workers to do their part for the war effort. The film begins with a re-enactment of Japanese broadcasters on Radio Tokyo denying the American victory in the Second Battle of Philippine Sea. Like a Tokyo Rose, the announcer claims the Pacific fleet has been annihilated. At 1:05 , the China Sea is shown and the U.S. Navy's fleet is shown at sea. US Navy Admiral Halsey ( 1:38 )'s...
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This reel of silent footage was produced by Lockheed aircraft in support of the C-5 Galaxy's on-going flight test and development program. The film begins with images of the prototype C-5A aircraft on its first take-off roll on June 30, 1968. Crew that day included Chief Engineering Test Pilot Leo J. Sullivan and test pilot Walter E. Hensleigh, flight engineer Jerome H. Edwards, and E. Mittendorf, flight test engineer. U.S. Air Force test pilot Lieutenant Colonel Joseph S. Schiele was also on...
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Made in the late 1930s by producers Marcel De Hubsch and Etienne Lallier, "Branlebas de Combat" or literally "Call to Action" presents a look at the fighting French Navy just before it was torn to pieces in World War II. Featuring a score by acclaimed composer Jacques Ibert, the movie contains images of the fleet including especially the battleship Provence, which incredibly was sunk twice in WWII -- once by the British and once by the French. Provence was a battleship of...
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Produced by the Owens-Illinois Glass Company in 1952, IN GLASSTOWN USA shows the company's manufacturing process. At the time Owens-Illinois was the largest glass container manufacturer in the world. The film begins with images of 1950s supermarkets at 1:17, before showing the glass plant at 1:38. At 3:23, the factory interior is seen with raw materials delivered to a melting furnace. At 4:00, the interior of the furnace is seen with torrents of flame visible. At 4:50 a vacuum glass forming...
Topics: Glasstown, Illinois, 1950, Stock Footage
“What You Should Know About Biological Warfare” is a short black-and-white film produced by the United States Office Of Civil Defense. The 1951 educational film was meant to be a public service announcements meant to educate the populace on the steps to take in the event of a biological attack from our Cold War enemies. The film opens with a montage of scenes from farmland to bustling cities as the narrator explains how in the event of war, our enemies may try to disable our people or our...
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WAR FILM 36, one of the War Department's newsreel and informational films produced during WWII, consists of several segments and dates to late 1944 or early 1945. First, "Great Floor" shows the construction of a runway for B-29 bombers in China. Since no motorized or mechanical devices are available, 72,000 Chinese work on one airfield using primitive rock breaking and other traditional construction techniques. According to the narrator, these "super airfields" are being...
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This U.S. Air Force training film shows the basic drill movements, without arms, for airmen.  The men shown in this film have received 2-4 weeks of training in drill.  Various drills are shown and explained including attention, parade rest, rest, "snap to attention", fall out, fall in, right face, left face, about face (face to rear), order arms, hand salute, individual hand salute, etc.  Marching steps are seen at the 6 minute mark, including column left, column right, marching...
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This 1947 film "People of Saba" looks at the small Caribbean island which is the smallest special municipality (officially “public body”) of the Netherlands. Saba consists largely of the potentially active volcano Mount Scenery, at 887 metres (2,910 ft) the highest point of the entire Netherlands. The film was made before an airport was built on the island, and it was essentially cut off from the outside world except by ship. Saba has a land area of 13 square kilometres (5.0 sq...
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This 1950s film shows how a blind woman named Evelyn is able to efficiently maintain her apartment, cooking, cleaning and performing other tasks. At 4:50 she is seen vacuuming and tidying up, and at 5:00 putting on lipstick. At 5:20 she teaches English and at 5:30 types at a typewriter. At 5:40 she is seen with her guide dog. At 5:50 the film crew including motion picture camera is seen shooting in her house as she prepares dinner. The film was written by Max Arman, narrated by John Daly,  ...
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Industry on Parade was a short television program that aired in the U.S. from1950-1960. It was produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. The series demonstrated complicated industrial processes that transformed raw materials into finished products. Industry On Parade Retirement In The Afternoon is one of those black and white, public service, industrial films, probably produced in the mid 1950’s. Narrators used were Bob Wilson, Peter Roberts, and Radcliffe Hall. It was produced...
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Featuring bow hunter Tex Stone, this hilarious film shows hunting of javelina in Northern Mexico. The javelinas are hunted in hopes of determining if they are rabid. At 4:30 Tex spots a mountain lion. These are the biggest cats in North America. Both animals are hunted with steel tipped arrows. At 6:50, the film follows a group of ranchers who hunt for bobcats in New Mexico or Arizona with packs of dogs. At 8:50, a bobcat is subdued and put in a cage for transport to a zoo.  Tex Stone hunted...
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Hopi Kachinas is a short film from 1960, photographed by Jack Breed and produced by ACI Productions, that shows the creation of a doll and the role the carved figure plays in the Hopi religion and culture. The film opens with shots of the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, AZ, and of Arizona’s rocky plateau. Hopi Indians stand on adobe homes with wagons out front. Hopi people dance along a dirt road during what appears to be a Kachina celebration (01:10). A man gives a Kachina to a young...
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Official Film’s “Journey of Faith” was filmed during the 1950 Holy Year Pilgrimage led by His Eminence Cardinal Francis Spellman. Pope Pius XII created him Cardinal-Priest of Santi Giovanni e Paolo on February 18, 1946.   His Eminence Francis Cardinal Spellman addresses the viewer (0:38). As the spiritual leader of the New York Archdiocese, Cardinal Spellman led a Pilgrimage to Rome, with 500 pilgrims. Viewers see exterior shots of Saint Peter’s Square (1:24). Cardinal Spellman stands...
Topics: Journey Of Faith, 1950, Holy Year, italy, Spain, Malta, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1951, this Castle Films newsreel tells the story of Douglas MacArthur, one of the great generals in the history of the United States Army, but one who was removed from command for insubordination by President Truman in the Korean War.   The film contains rare footage of MacArthur in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War.   The dramatic footage of MacArthur arriving in Leyte is seen at the 3 minute mark, preceded by MacArthur speaking the famous words "I shall return" in front of...
Topics: The Macarthur, Report, Korean War, newsreel, Douglas Macarthur, Stock Footage
This black and white film "Madero of Mexico" was released in 1942, chronicles the short political life of Francisco Madero (1873-1913), who tried to bring democracy and land reform to Mexico. It opens with the following title screen: “This photoplay does not attempt complete historical accuracy. Its purpose is rather to honor in spirit the memory of a great idealist”. Sweeping views of Mexico at the turn of the 20th century. Under the iron rule of General Porfirio Díaz, wealth...
Topics: Madero, Mexico, 1942, Dramatic Film, Mexican President, Francisco Madero, Stock Footage
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"Berlin: Test for the West" is an Encyclopedia Britannica film that traces the history of the city from the end of WWII and the fall of the German Reich through the construction of the Berlin Wall.   Willy Brandt was the mayor of West Berlin (:14) and the film had been produced in Germany by Chronos Films (:14). The Bradenburg Gate ( 1:18 ) in the 1920’s had stood as a crossroads between one of Europe’s busiest capitals ( 1:39 ) and the lively streets of Berlin are shown ( 1:59...
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“Chapter XI: North Africa, Nov. 1942-May 1943” (SFP 263-II) of The Air Force Story film series shows the Allied invasion of North Africa and the ensuing battles that lead to the Allied liberation of Tunis. The chapter opens with a shot of Allied ships on the Mediterranean on 8 November 1942 preparing to invade North Africa as part of Operation Torch. A Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is lifted up onto the flight deck of an aircraft carrier ( 01:34 ). There is a shot of P-40s on the deck of the...
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This profile of the USAF Thunderbirds dates to the time period between 1983-1985, when SSgt Steve Geoghegan served as Crew Chief with SSgt Paul Cantwell and Capt. John Bostick (among others). The film documents the return of the Thunderbirds to America's skies after a devastating series of accidents that resulted in the deaths of five pilots in 19 months, including four who were tragically killed while practicing at the Nellis, Nevada base on Jan. 18, 1982. The deaths were caused when their...
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This United States Navy Department film from 1944 is dedicated to naval aircraft workers and is brought to viewers by Pathe News Inc. for the Bureau of Aeronautics Production Division. The contributions and role of the aircraft industry are described, along with the number of Japanese warships that had been sunk by United States aircraft (01:30-02:01). Navy bombers were used to support the men of the 37th infantry division using precision bombing techniques. At 03:28, a map with directional...
Topics: WWII, Aircraft, Aircraft Workers Digest, Saipan, US navy, 1944
This color educational/training film is about the current artillery weapons the U.S. Army is using. This was made in 1953.  Titles: The United States Army Presents Weapons of the Artillery (:09-:21). U.S. Army soldiers fire off a cannon. A tank fires off artillery. A cannon is fired. A tank fires off light artillery. 3.5" rocket launcher bazooka, served by a two man crew - a demonstration shows it fired at a tank and the tank is hit, but not totally destroyed. The quadruple 50 caliber...
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\This black & white educational film is about the Army Corps of Engineers and National Guard assisting with flood aftermath. The organization that predated the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) is shown -- the Federal Civil Defense Administration. This is circa 1956 but shows news events of 1955, when there was extensive flooding caused by Hurricanes Connie and Diane. In little over a week, the two hurricanes passed by Southern New England producing major flooding over much...
Topics: 1955, US National Guard, FEMA, Hurricane Connie, Hurricane Diane, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This episode of The Air Force Story - Volume 1 Chapter 10 - is entitled "The Tide Turns" and shows WWII history for June thru September 1942. In this film you'll see the 97th bomber group as it embarks for England; B-17's initiating high altitude precision daylight bombing; Japanese forces closing in on the U.S. Army in New Guinea; Army Air Force personnel and materiel help build runways near the front; P-38's down Japanese aircraft.   The film starts at :20 with images of the liner...
Topics: US Air Force, Air Force Story, P-38, P-38 Lightning, 1942 Stock Footage
This silent highlight reel shows U.S. Air Force aircraft including F-105 Thunderchiefs and F-4 Phantoms making raids on North Vietnam.  The beginning of the reel shows air strikes on enemy bridges and infrastructure as part of an effort to cut supplies to the Viet Cong and disrupt the North Vietnamese economy.   At the 4:27 mark, air to air combat against the North Vietnamese Air Force is shown with several Migs taken out through the use of missiles and cannon fire.  The most spectacular...
Topics: Republican F-105 Thunderchief, McDonell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, Vietnam War, Mikoyan-Gurevich...
Made for the U.S. Treasury Department in 1955 to promote their bond program, MEDAL OF HONOR features both Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy and material shot for the biographical film "To Hell and Back". Also appearing in the film are Barbara Rush and John McIntire. Audie Leon Murphy (20 June 1925 – 28 May 1971) was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, receiving every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and...
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Created at the outset of America's entry into WWII, this Castle Film newsreel shows America as the "Arsenal of Democracy" producing men and materials for the war effort.   Basic training and testing of military equipment is shown, along with the construction of jeeps, tanks, ships, guns, planes, PT boats and other war material.   Some of the spectacular footage included shows tanks driving through buildings and over obstacles, soldiers fording rivers, exercises using horses,...
Topics: World War II, WWII, Stock Footage, Castle Films, Tanks, Boats, Ships, Guns, Basic Training
This color silent film was shot as part of F-105D ejection seat tests. No test is shown, but the footage would likely have been intercut with an actual test, and then released to the Pentagon or the press. The slates indicate all the material was shot at the rocket sled facility at Hurricane Flats in Washington County, Utah on July 20, 1960. The seat shown being tested at the time was designed by Republic Aircraft and, according to Ejectionsite.com, used in at least one successful ejection in...
Topics: Hurricane Flats, Utah, F-105D, Thunderchief, 1960, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
“U-47 in Scapa Flow” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” —  a show that was typically about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. This particular episode is different in that it tells the story of a German U-boat. "Silent Service" episodes were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The...
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"FILM COMMUNIQUE, EIGHTH ISSUE"   (1944, 20:24)   Includes CAPE GLOUCESTER: 7TH MARINES (New Guineau); REPORT FROM BRITAIN (American and British air war against Germany); A 5TH AIR FORCE REPORT FROM NEW GUINEA; A FEW QUICK FACTS (supply line distances); A FIFTH ARMY REPORT FROM THE BEACHHEAD (Anzio). We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!   See something interesting?   Tell people what it is and...
Topics: War Film, Film Communique, USMC, US Marines, Marines 1944, Stock Footage
Created exclusively for “the men and women of American industry” circa 1943, this official United States War Department Film, produced by the US Army Signal Corps, begins by taking the audience to the South Pacific, “where American planes, powered by high octane, serviced by billions of small parts from the factories of America, are delivering packages of death to the Japs, bombing the daylight out of the Rising Sun.” With that dramatic introduction, bombers are shown at mark  01:00...
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This film is a color film with B&W clips. Produced by the U.S. Navy and narrated by Rod Serling. A summary of the pioneers of the U.S. Naval Aviators and their accomplishments over time. 1:10 Opening Title Screen: “Wings of Eagles, Wings of Gold”. Executive Producer: Cdr. Wes Larson, USN. 1:25 View of men preparing to board Aircraft on an air carrier. 2:21 Naval Aviators are called “eagles”. 2:47 Pensacola Florida, a city synonymous with the birth of naval aviation, began in January...
Topics: 1970s, US Navy, Naval Aviation, Museum, Wings Of Eagles, Stock Footage
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Ralph V.H. Wood, the Philadelphia Electric Company Project Officer for Edison Electric Institute discusses an experiment that was conducted in 1955 at the Nevada Test Site to study the effects of an atomic blast on electric power facilities. Images of utility workers on power lines and preparations for the test flash across the screen while Mr. Wood talks. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage...
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This film is about the battle for Saipan in the Mariana Islands campaign during WWII. The Mariana Islands were a strategic location as American capture of the area severed the Japanese supply line with the Caroline Island territories and opened Japanese homeland for aerial assault. It opens with a map pointing to New Guinea, Tokyo and the Mariana Islands (:16). After the Pearl Harbor attack, Japanese forces occupied islands as far south as New Guinea in 1942 (:20). The plan to recapture these...
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This color film, “Power and Promise—The Story of Shippingport” shows the development of Pennsylvania's Shippingport Atomic Energy Plant from the groundbreaking ceremonies on Labor Day 1954, when President Eisenhower waved an electronic wand in Denver to trigger a power shovel into operation at the site to dedication of the plant by the President. In addition to the construction problems, the film details the complexities of building the nuclear reactor and moving it into place through the...
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Produced and directed by Arthur Hoyle, this 1980 film was presented by The Southern California Chapter of The American Society of Landscape Architects. It tells the story of the Pan Pacific Auditorium, which was then derelict, and looks at various plans to create a public park on the site. Unfortunately, the structure was destroyed in a fire in 1989. The film is narrated by actor Judson Morgan.  Early original Indian settlers of Los Angeles, from when it was an outpost of the Spanish.1:00...
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These extraordinary Super 8mm home movies from the Vietnam War, come from a member of the "Ravens".  The Raven Forward Air Controllers, also known simply as The Ravens, were fighter pilots used for forward air control in a covert operation in conjunction with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States in Laos during America's Vietnam War. The Ravens provided direction for most of the air strikes against communist Pathet Lao targets and People's Army of Vietnam's...
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This is a 1940’s era, black and white movie made by RKO Radio Pictures entitled "The Ramparts We Watch".  It features a script by Robert L. Richards and Cedric R. Worth and was produced and directed by Louis de Rochemont. The film (made just before the entry of the USA into WWII) draws parallels between the First World War and the Second, and shows how the complacency of the "teen" years and the isolationism preceding WWII can lead to disastrous consequences. This reel...
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This silent U.S. Navy film shows the first launch of the Poseidon ballistic missile. The test firing was conducted on August 16, 1968. This was followed by the first successful at-sea launch from a surface ship, the historic USNS Observation Island (from July 1 to December 16, 1969), earning the ship the Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the first test launch from a submarine took place on the USS James Madison on 3 August 1970. The weapon officially entered service on 31 March 1971. It...
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Shot by an unknown American G.I. during WWII, this 8mm color home movie shows images from the Italian campaign. The film starts with shots of Army Air Force crew cranking the propeller of a B-25 before showing C-47 cargo aircraft landing at an airfield, possibly Foggia. At 1:51 a soldier smokes a cigarette and another moons the camera (2:05). It appears there is snow on the ground, so likely dates to the winter of 1943. At 2:30 smashed hangars are shown at the air base, along with fuel trucks....
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This black & white, silent home movie -- with wonderful title cards -- was filmed in the late 1920s or early 1930 off of Boston, Massachusetts.  It shows a cruise past U.S. Navy vessels, the Gloucester fishing fleet, Boston Lightship, and more. We don't know who shot it, whoever it was -- loved the water. Opening title card: A Coast Guard vessel no. 100, destroyer type on the water (:25). This appears to be the Wickes-class destroyer USS Maury (DD-100), which was decommissioned in 1930....
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Made in 1951, "Wing to Wing" showcases the Royal Air Force as it transitioned to the jet age. Scenes include a throwback to show how WWII was fought in the sky, modern day combat in Korea (including the Royal Australian Air Force jets), and scenes showing the capabilities and versatility of a whole series of first generation British jet powered aircraft. As the commentator says:   Strength in the air today decides the fate of nations. Air power must be ours where the cause of peace...
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The Corporal Story is a 1956 silent gag film from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, one of the partners of the U.S. Army in the development of the MGM-5 Corporal missile, the first long-range guided missile. While the captions are comical, there is good footage of what appears to be actual test launches of the missile—although the footage of failed launch attempts only enhances the humorous spin of the film. The film opens with footage of an explosion and the charred remains of the missile and its...
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This compilation reel of color home movies from the 1940s includes many novel images -- people enjoying themselves, dancing, playing instruments, socializing and kids playing some football in the front yard. This footage is circa the 1930s-40s and looks like it takes place in middle America. Opening: boy plays with a dog and a puppy. A woman holds flowers. A man plays a cello. A reel to reel tape recorder. Presents are stacked. A man plays the cello as a family gathers for Christmas. Older...
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This black & white educational film is about the battle of the Philippines between Japan and the United States in October 1944 during WW2. Copyright is 1944. Opening: Brought To Action! Produced by the Office of Strategic Services in cooperation with the United States Navy (:06-:33). Pearl Harbor, October 23. Office of the Navy door. A telegram shows the second battle of the Philippines had begun. Battleships at sea. Men in a briefing room. Pilots head for their planes. Planes in formation...
Topics: Brought To Action, 1944, WW2, WWII, Japan, Philippines, US Navy, Stock Footage
A frozen, snow-swept Arctic field introduces us to life around the Arctic Ocean as a narrator explains the barren wasteland is also an important source of oil as well as a strategic military point for the United States Navy in this circa 1975 film, “Window to the Arctic.” “The United States Navy has been studying the Arctic for over a century,” it’s explained beginning at mark  1:30 , every since US Naval vessels entered the area in 1850. Their mission was partly to find British Rear...
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This color film, U.S. Navy Destroyermen, was produced for the United States Navy by the Office of Information. This office maintains close relations and contacts in the entertainment industry with the goal of telling the US military's story. It was created for the Chief of Naval Operations at the Naval Photographic Center in 1970 to be used as a recruiting tool. The U.S. Navy Band plays as families say goodbye to naval personnel getting ready to depart on Destroyer duty (0:07-0:58). The...
Topics: US Navy, Destroyer, Destroyermen, 1970
Made during the Vietnam War, this 1967 Marine Corps documentary presents "Operation County Fair". County Fair was a civic action program intended to clear Vietcong from villages while helping support villagers. As part of that they were supposed to receive medical care, fed, entertained and protected by the Marines. Like most of the civic action programs during the war, County Fair had a mixed outcome. The Vietnamese often welcomed the Marines into their villages, but lived in fear of...
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Made in 1945, ACTION AT ANGUAR documents the invasion and capture of Angaur Island in the Palau group by the 81st ("Wildcat") Infantry Division in its first battle. The film begins in July 1944 as the troops relax at Honolulu and on Waikiki Beach. It then shows troops boarding transports and shows activities aboard a troop transport, including a wild Neptune ceremony at the Equator, en route to Guadalcanal for a practice landing in August. On Sept. 17, 1944 after a bombardment by...
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The Last Bomb is a 1945 propaganda film mainly concerning the conventional phase of the bombing of Japan in 1945. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film begins by describing the taking off points in Saipan, Guam, and Tinian, remarking how they have changed since American occupation. General Curtis LeMay is shown planning a daylight raid on Japan's industrial areas. A bomber squadron of B-29s then assembles and the audience rides with them through a space of...
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The Fisher Body Division of the General Motors Corporation presents “This Moving World,” a black-and-white film produced by Wilding Picture circa 1940. The film opens with a montage of various automobiles, ships, and trains whizzing past, before settling in a machine shop at mark 1:20 . There, a young man meets with his uncle and examine a model of an automobile body designed by the boy for a contest. The introduction segues into the film’s topic — “the business of going places.”...
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This episode of the TV show "The Greatest Challenge" -- which aired in the early days of television -- profiles Florence May Chadwick (November 9, 1918 – March 15, 1995). Chadwick was an American swimmer known for long-distance open water swimming. She was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions, setting a time record each time. She was also the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel, the Straits of Gibraltar, the Bosporus (one way), and the Dardanelles...
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One of the episodes of the pioneering TV show "The Greatest Drama", this black & white episode entitled "The Black Beret" is a portrait of British Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery. This is circa 1954. Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, (1887 – 1976), better known by his nickname "Monty" and "The Spartan General", served in the First World War, the Irish War of Independence and the Second World War. Opening: ticker tape parade in New York City....
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Filmed by an unknown American serviceman, this silent home movie shows a visit to West Germany and Austria made in the late 1940s. At 1:29 the sign Clayallee is a street in Berlin. At 2:29 the Brandenburg Gate is shown, and the ruined Reichstag at 2:40 . Extensive ruins are seen nearby. At 3:59 Tempelhof Air Force Base is seen. At 5:00 , the film shows the Bremen Airport. At 5:22 the twin towers of the Cologne Cathedral can be seen in the distance. At 6:10 a debris clearing operation is shown....
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This is a 1950’s era, color movie about Campbell’s Soup. This campy, 1952 cooking film shows you every possible recipe you can devise using Campbell's soup. The Campbell’s Soup kid comes out on stage in front of a tomato. Campbell’s Soups present, The Magic Shelf. Featuring Anne Marshall, Director, Home Economics, Campbell’s Soup Company. The curtain opens and a magician with a tuxedo and top hat appears. The man winds up a handkerchief and makes a knot 1:00. The knot unravels itself...
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Shot by an unknown American, apparently on holiday but who knows, this beautiful silent home movie of Paris shows the city as it appeared just a few years before WWII, as the Republic stood on the brink of disaster. You'd never know it based on the bustling city presented in this film...and so we've titled it in honor of Alan Furst, the prolific author of period novels (which we dearly love) who often sets his stories in the Paris of this era. Mr. Furst we beg you to please take a look and let...
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This episode of the 1950s TV series The Greatest Drama tells the story of the great “Crusader,” Fiorello H. La Guardia, also known as the “Little Flower.” La Guardia addresses a crowd at a political rally. He sits in a chair at his home and reads a book (01:14). Footage shows New York City’s impoverished lower east side (01:55), where La Guardia grew up. La Guardia serves in World War I as a pilot, and footage shows several planes taking off, while a photograph shows La Guardia in...
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The Exxon Corporation offered viewers a glimpse of “Saudi Arabia Today” in this color film. The country at this time was in the process of rapid change, we are told, but one moving with the times as it recognizes new opportunities. In spite of such changes, Saudi Arabia also maintains a traditional way of life. The film takes the viewer on an aerial view, showing shining skyscrapers and oil facilities at work. At mark  02:15  we see some of the development taking place as we visit...
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This 1938 film entitled "Croisière d'escadre" / "Squadron Cruise" provides a rare look at the French Navy prior to WWII, before it was decimated by both the Royal Navy and its own leaders -- in both cases to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Axis. The film was made with assistance of Lt. Camille Blot, a recipient of the Order of Legion of Honor (21st june 1946) of the Blot family of naval officers the members of which are still serving in the French Navy,...
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Dating to the 1970s and created by Shirley Cobham, this beautiful Pan Am travelogue film focuses on the islands of the Caribbean also called "the Eighth Continent", although excluding Cuba which was under embargo at the time. The film features gorgeous footage of the many activities affiliated with the Caribbean: sailing, fishing, swimming and lounging activities at the beach. At  4:00 , the film visits St. Georges, Grenada and shows the quaint downtown and historic waterfront. At ...
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This film was made to promote the Northrop SM-62 Snark, an early-model intercontinental range ground-launched cruise missile that could carry a W39 thermonuclear warhead. The Snark was deployed by the United States Air Force's Strategic Air Command from 1958 through 1961. It represented an important step in weapons technology during the Cold War. The Snark took its name from the author Lewis Carroll's character the "snark". The Snark missile was developed to present a nuclear...
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This film is a part of the series titled ‘Weekly Digest’. It shows various footage from WWII fronts including construction of the airstrip on Green Island, footage of the pilots of the first all African American fighter outfit and captured German soldier interrogations in Italy. The footage was prepared by the First Army Air Forces Combat Film Detachment (:22). The first segment takes viewers to Green Island off the coast of the Solomon Islands in March of 1944 (:32). A new airstrip here...
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This silent film was released by Castle Films in 1940 for the home market. It shows the outbreak of "War in Europe" with the German invasion of Poland, which triggered a declaration of war by France and Great Britain.  The film begins with Hitler demanding the city-state of Danzig (:12).  Oppressed minorities flee Germany as refugees (:30).  Polish Army mobilizes (:48).  Poland closes German border (1:00).  Great Britain and France pledge to assist Poland and summon reserves...
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Made by Kodak in the 1920s or early 1930s, "An East Indian Island" looks at the land and people of Bali, Indonesia. At 2:13 rocks are harvested for use as a roadbed from the seashore. All of the work is done by hand and at 2:35, transported atop women's heads.  At 2:54 ox carts move along the gravel road. At 3:00 rice cultivation is seen and a series of paddocks. Water buffalo are the primary beast of burden here (3:50). The harvest is seen at 4:50. At 6:09, typical housing is seen...
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Shot by an unknown tourist, this 16mm silent home movie shows a trip through the Southwest beginning in El Paso. In a part of the film that might be out of sequence, at :43 is what appears to be Tucson, Arizona's downtown as seen from "A" Mountain. At :47, an "E" on a hillside seems to indicate El Paso again. At  2:04 , Tucson is seen again, with a long sweeping vista shot from "A" Mountain. At  2:30 , part of the Desert Museum is seen with its impressive cactus...
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"Pass Along The Car Please!" is a short British film from the Proler Cohen company (likely from the 1970s), that presents the Proler process for recycling old cars. The film begins with shots of scrap yards full of old cars, and the narrator discusses the problem of scrapping over half a million cars each year that faces Great Britain. Old cars are abandoned everywhere, cluttering roads and polluting the countryside, partially because it is no longer financially worthwhile for...
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This silent newsreel footage shows the naval actions in World War I (WWI), including the German High Fleet engaging the British Royal Navy at Jutland.  Contains actual combat footage of German warships firing upon and sinking a British battlecruiser which then capsizes.  Footage also includes  Zebrugge, Scapa Flow and Firth of Forth (6:29). The film also shows German seaplanes (:34) on scout patrol. At 2:03 a carrier pigeon is being used to report intelligence. At 3:14 a British windjammer...
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Made by unknown filmmakers sometime in the 1940s, CHECKING IN is a silent U.S. Navy gag movie that follows the antics of a new recruit named Red Marme. The film follows Marme as he arrives for basic training aboard a U.S. Navy bus (which he falls out of). This sets the tone for a series of funny vignettes ranging from Red's first cigarette, working as a photographer's mate (and losing the camera out the airplane), and more. If Youtube existed in 1948 this might have been a million viewer. We...
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This silent German film shows the harvesting of lumber during winter, most likely near Bergen, Norway. As you will see, almost all the effort is by hand, although at 2:30 a sledge and gravity make the transport of firewood fairly easy. At 4:14 firewood is piled up for storage. At 5:05 one of the workers shows off his shoe which has a long metal spike on it for steadiness in the snow.   At 5:19 sleds are moved back up the mountain. At 6:20 lumberjacks pause to eat a warm meal.   At 6:55 the...
Topics: 1920, Silent, Germany, German Film, Harvesting, Lumber, Bergern, Norway
To The Shores Of Iwo Jima is a 1945 Kodachrome color short war film produced by the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. Photographed in combat areas by cameramen of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, the film documents the Battle of Iwo Jima. The film opens with a shot of a battleship sailing on the sea ( 00:32 ). It discusses the island of Iwo Jima and uses graphics to show the makeup of the island and the network of tunnels built by Japanese troops. A shot of Iwo...
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The story of Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, home of the U.S.A.A.F. Material Command, and during WWII the largest aeronautical research center in the world. This WWII film shows the various ways Material Command assists in the design, production and testing of military aircraft and components. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base's origins begin with the establishment of Wilbur Wright Field on 22 May and McCook Field in November 1917, both established by the Army Air Service as World War I...
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This 1944 film produced by Disney dramatizes U.S. methods of obtaining bombing target information; in this instance, information on a ball bearing works in Schweinfurt, Germany. Intelligence agents questioned a German refugee and, in London, a captured pilot was led to divulge information. Aerial photographs and spies also supplied information. The film depicts an invasion operation, and shows scenes of bombing missions. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest...
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Produced by the U.S. Army in the early days of the Cold War (1951), this film attempts to educate Armed Forces personnel about the Soviet Union, its people, political system, and goals. Although the language in the film is not as harsh as that used later in the conflict, it does indicate the increasing level of alarm that follows the USSR's detonation of an atomic bomb in 1949. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and...
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This reel of film contains several films documenting the Mt. Lowe Railroad near Pasadena, California. The first, filmed by cameramen dispatched by Thomas A. Edison, is a silent film that shows a trip up Rubio Canyon aboard one of the trolley cars.   The second silent film, possibly a home movie from the 1920s, begins around 1:59. It starts at the base of the Mt. Lowe Incline Railway, a funicular that connected to the trolley system. At 2:18 one of the two funicular cars descends on the track....
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This short film, produced for Wynn Oil Company by So-Cal Productions, shows the time trial races at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1957, where the Wynn’s Friction Proofing Streamliner car set a new American speed record, and promotes the company’s Friction Proofing line of products. The film opens with a shot from the POV of a car driving from Denver (home of the race team) toward Wendover, UT; the film then shows the bleak landscape of the Great Salt Lake and surrounding area as team...
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Made in 1960 by Arthur Barr, this film presents one of the earliest looks at the tremendous problem of Urban Sprawl. growth in single-family homes begin built outside cities. The growth of suburban regions is (according to the narrator) one of the biggest challenges facing the United States of the 1960s. The desertion of the metropolises' downtowns, and the explosion of suburban populations, was indeed a threat to the health of American cities. Highways, such as Los Angeles' 101 Freeway seen at...
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The film “NASA 1971 Aeronautics and Space Highlights” will take a brief look at the year of 1971 and its space and aeronautics achievements. It begins with footage of the moon’s surface (:10) and the Mariner mission to orbit Mars (:32). Mars’ surface is shown (:36) with Earth and the moon in the background. Three Mariner space crafts had flown about 2,000 miles from Mars’ surface (:38). On November 13th, the Mariner 9 was to come within 850 miles (:48). A cartoon depicts the planned...
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Made for the Deep-Sea Diving School with the help of the Washington Navy Yard, this 1943, black and white film was filmed in Silver Springs, Florida. It dates from before the era that Jacques Cousteau's aqualung was developed, and shows some of the earlier generation equipment used by shallow water divers at the Deep-Sea Diving School. The film opens with a large ocean liner, the SS Normandie, on fire in New York harbor. Skin divers underwater next to a damaged ship :44. The divers raise items...
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The Secret Land is a 1948 American documentary film about an American expedition code-named "Operation High Jump" to explore Antarctica. It won the Academy Award for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. This documentary, filmed entirely by military photographers, recounts the U.S. Navy's 1946-47 expedition to Antarctica, known as Operation High Jump. The expedition was under the overall command of Admiral Richard E. Byrd, no stranger to the Antarctic. This was a large...
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This film depicts the landings and operations of the U.S. forces on Tinian Island in the Marianas Islands in World War II.  The Battle of Tinian took place from 24 July until 1 August 1944. The film opens with a map showing the Marianas (:20). While Saipan had been hit by U.S. forces, Tinian was closely observed and studied (:37). Daily plane strikes and naval bombardments hit the island (:49) and photograph reconnaissance missions were carried out. The beaches which were chosen for landings...
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This silent, pre- WWII movie shows the harvesting of bananas at an American Fruit Company plantation in Cameroon, Africa. Unfortunately the name of the production company has been erased from the film (:10) so we don't know who made it but one can imagine from the font that it was made by the national German educational film service UFA. Cameroon became a German colony in 1884 (known as Kamerun) but after World War I, the territory was divided between France and the United Kingdom as League of...
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In FAR EAST DIARY actress and singer Chris Noel discusses her time on the G.I. World of Miller Beer Far East Tour, a tour of U.S. military forces in Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. Joining Noel on the tour is Bill Thrasher and Bhetty Waldron. The film opens with a montage of shots of Noel and Waldron performing for troops and traveling around the region. Betty Waldron then performs for the “Mountain Men of D 7/5” in Korea ( 03:07 ), before Chris Noel sings to the same troops ( 05:25 ),...
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This film, provided during the second world war, depicts the proper boat handling procedures to be utilized when operating an LCVP for amphibious actions. It is presented by the US Navy (:08) and opens with footage of troops and LCVP’s (:54). A close up shot of one of the landing crafts is shown (1:00). Checks must be conducted prior to its launching and a shot of a check list follows (1:14). Men of the crew begin inspecting the craft (2:03). The engineer checks the engine (2:27). Bilges...
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