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PeriscopeFilm
Mar 5, 2010 U.S. Government
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US Naval training film for US Submaine Crew members on the boyance properties of operating a submarine.
Topic: U.S. Navy Training film for the physical properties of the submarine.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 5, 2010 Castle Films
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U.S. propaganda newsreel from World War II (WWII) featuring amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands. Featured ships are: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco, and USS Boise. Also includes footage of fleet manuevers of PT Boats, destroyers, aircraft carriers, battleships and L1 and G1 blimps on anti-submarine patrol.
Topic: World War II (WWII) propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 5, 2010 U.S. Government
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"A Salute to the US Navy" circa 1935 featuring U.S. Navy fleet maneuvers at sea. Ships highlighted in this film are: The battleship USS California (BB-44), destroyers USS Cushing (DD-376), USS Phelps (DD-360), USS Wasmuth (DD-338), cruisers USS Salt Lake City (CA-25), aircraft carriers and torpedo planes.
Topic: Pre WWII recruiting film.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 5, 2010 Cine Art
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An amusing short film, made prior to WWII, that shows a group of Hawaiian maidens performing the traditional hula dance aboard a U.S. Navy battleship.
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Topic: U.S. Navy short.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 5, 2010 German Newsreel
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo. Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 8, 2010 Germeinnuttziger
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. In this film, the Battle of The Atlantic is seen from the German perspective as Kreigsmarine U-boats converge for a wolfpack patrol, hunting Allied merchant ships.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 8, 2010 U.S. Government
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Rare pre World War I (WWI) film depicting life in the U.S. Navy. Footage includes sailors playing baseball and football on the deck of battleship!
Topic: World War I US recruiting film.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 8, 2010 U.S. Government
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Footage of the U.S. Gunboat Panay in Nanking China during the Japanese offensive knows as "The Rape of Nanking." After evacuating foreign civilians, the Panay was attacked and sunk by Japanese aircraft. The so-called Panay Incident almost led to war between the United States and Japan. Also features footage of the warship USS Augusta (CA-31) which served as command ship for the Asiatic Fleet, and the Royal Navy's HMS Ladybird.
Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 8, 2010 U.S. Government
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This rare film features ships of the U.S. Asiatic fleet patroling the Yangtze River. The Asiatic Fleet's gunboats were tasked with protecting American shipping (primarily oil tankers) from pirates and the Japanese. Contains amazing footage of life in China circa 1935 including the cities of Chunking, Shanghai, and the countryside. Ships featured in this film are the USS Augusta (CA-31), USS Borie (DD-215) and USS Simpson (DD-221) as well as US gunboats.
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Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 8, 2010 U.S. Government
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Film shows basic physical training of new recruits into the U.S. Navy circa 1930. Location unknown, possibly the Presidio in San Francisco.
Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Film
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 8, 2010 U.S. Government
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A history of the early days of Naval aviation, Wings of the Fleet was made in the mid-1920s. Includes footage of the battleship USS Texas as it became the first warship to launch an aircraft in 1919, early blimp and dirigible tests, and experiments with amphibious aircraft. Some of the craft shown include the dirigible ZR-1, the Shenandoah, the Los Angeles, and the C-7. Seaplanes featured include the PN-9 and the record-breaking NC-4. Various famous aviators are in the film include speed record...
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Topic: U.S. Navy Publicity Film
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 8, 2010 U.S. Government
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Made prior to the outbreak of World War II (WWII) as the United States began a build-up of its naval forces, "The Battle" shows a gigantic fleet exercise and promotes the capabilities of the two ocean navy. Features footage of battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and various support craft including hospital ships and supply vessels. Many vessels are shown including the North Hampton class battleship Chicago (CA-29), the USS California (BB-44), and the...
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Topic: U.S. Navy Propaganda Film
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 8, 2010 German Newsreel
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. The German invasion of Norway is shown, with units of the Kriegsmarine enforcing sea lanes and allowing the free movement of supplies and men. Junkers trimotor aircraft support the invasion.
Topic: German propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
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A basic training film made by the U.S. Navy, "Co-ordinated Anti-Submarine Warfare Part I Why?" discusses how surface ships, aircraft and submarines work together to unravel the submarine threat.  The film begins with images of a Soviet submarine operating on the surface, and then explains basic anti-submarine techniques. This includes a discussion of both passive and active sonar, and shows how sonobuoys and other technology are deployed to locate enemy submarines.  Features footage...
Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 9, 2010 U.S. Navy
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The Pacific Campaign is recounted in this post-WWII film. Beginning with the Japanese invasion of the China, the film rapidly shows the U.S. entry to the war at Pearl Harbor, and the battles that followed from Guadalcanal to the Phillipines, Marianas, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and culminating with the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by B-29s flying from island bases.
Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 15, 2010 U.S. Navy
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One of the U.S. Navy's industrial incentive films, the Life and Death of the USS Hornet traces the valiant career of CV-8. Footage includes the launching of the Doolittle Raider B-25s on their mission to strike Tokyo in 1942, including White House reaction by President Roosevelt that the planes came from "Shangri-La." Also on this film, is footage of the ill-fated Torpedo 8 Squadron which was sacrificed at the Battle of Midway. The carrier USS Hornet was sunk during the Battle of...
Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 15, 2010 U.S. Navy
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Diving in the deep sea, whether with scuba gear or a hard hat suit, is fairly safe as long as the diver is conscious of the effects of pressure. This U.S. Navy training film discusses the physical principles of diving, and shows some of the medical consequences of mishaps.
Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 15, 2010 U.S. Navy
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A scenic cruise along the Hudson and the East River in New York is used to discuss the history of the U.S. Navy, from its earliest era to the present. Features footage of the SS United States, RMS Queen Mary, the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations. Also contains shots of the fighting ship USS Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides".
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Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 15, 2010 U.S. Navy
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Details the life of the crew aboard a fleet aircraft carrier operating in the Pacific during WWII in 1944. Includes footage of aircraft operations including Grumman TBM Avengers and Hellcats, maintenance, take-offs and landings, and the mundane side of crew life.
Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 15, 2010 U.S. Navy
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This wonderful propaganda film features Lowell Thomas narrating. Probably made before Pearl Harbor, the film features a brief segment at the end identifying Adolph Hitler and Japan as American adversaries. Some of the material includes: fleet maneuvers involving battleships, cruisers, destroyers and aircraft carriers, PT boats including PT-9, the destroyer USS Phelps (DD-360) launching a torpedo at sea, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, basic training, sailors drilling and exercising at sea....
Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 15, 2010 U.S. Navy
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Produced in cooperation with the United States Navy, "The Eyes of the Navy" follows aviators through their basic training in Pensacola, Florida and advanced training at Naval Air Station San Diego, California. Various phases of instruction are shown, from classroom work, to instrument training in a Link trainer, solo flight and carrier landings and take-offs from USS Enterprise (CV-6). Some other highlights include machine gun practice, bombing and dive bombing practice. Features a...
Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 U.S. Government
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Pre World War II (WWII) of U.S. Navy battleships and aircraft carriers on manuevers. Features the USS Lexington, CV-2.
Topic: Pre World War II (WWII) newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent film "German warships break through the Channel" shows the "Channel Dash" operation of the Kriegsmarine in 1942. The film begins with images of Brest harbor, as German ships plan a breakout thru the Dover Strait. At :35 Admiral Erich Raeder is seen addressing crew prior to the start of the operation. At :49 a map shows the strategic situation with ships leaving Brest. At 1:05 an E-boat or torpedo boat escorts the...
Topic: German propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5) under attack by Japanese Zeros during the Battle of the Coral Sea. Although the carrier was badly damaged in the battle, it lived to sail another day and proved crucial to the U.S. victory at Midway a few months later.
Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 Castle Films
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Yanks Bomb Tokyo
Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the first offensive action of the Pacific War by the U.S. Navy: a raid on Makin Island in the Marshalls conducted by the USS Yorktown battle group under command of Admiral William Halsey. The film claims to show Japanese cruisers and even an aircraft carrier sunk by American forces, but in reality there were no such enemy losses.
Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the final events of World War II, including the development and testing of the atomic bomb, the atomic bombing of Japan, the Japanese surrender, and the U.S. occupation of the Japanese mainland including Honshu, and the arrival of the U.S. Third Fleet in Tokyo Bay. The film not only includes the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, the celebration in Manhattan's Times Square, and a parade in Red Square Moscow. Some...
Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows Operation Hailstone, the U.S. assault on "Japan's Pearl Harbor", the naval base at Truk. Footage shows Task Force 58, which included the fleet carriers USS Yorktown, USS Essex, USS Intrepid, USS Bunker Hill, USS Enterprise, and the light carriers USS Belleau Wood, USS Cabot, USS Monterey, and USS Cowpens as they strike the Japanese base beginning in February of 1944. Extensive gun camera footage is seen in the film, as well as...
Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, expresses deep outrage at the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Due to classification issues at the time the film was made, very little of the damage to Pearl Harbor itself is shown; rather the film focuses on damage to civilian areas of Waikiki and Honolulu. Footage includes: Emporer Hirohito reviewing his troops, Secretary of State Cordell Hull speaking with Japanese ambassadors, Waikiki during bombing attack, emergency hospitals...
Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 U.S. Navy
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While the Battle of the Atlantic that took place during WWII is well known, the struggle to get troops, man and supplies to Europe from the USA during World War I was also momentous. German U-boats took a frightening toll on American ships, and their brazen raids are in fact one of the key reasons America declared war on Germany and its allies. This film is a short portrait of the struggle, showing how lookouts, convoys, and new weapons such as the depth-charge-firing "Y gun" were...
Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 Castle Films Newsreel
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The Japanese attacked Manila and the Phillipines on December 7, 1941, and caught one of America's great generals, Douglas MacArthur relatively unprepared. The loss of the American air forces on the ground in the initial attacks, forced the Army to make a quick retreat to the Bataan peninsula and the fortress of Corregidor. This film shows the early stage of the battle, and was made shortly after MacArthur fled the Phillipines for Australia where he would go on to command Allied forces. The...
Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 Willard Pictures
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Made prior to the outbreak of WWII, "Men of the Coast Guard" presents America's first line of shore defense. Seen in this film are the Coast Guard cutters, life boats, and light ships that patrol America's home waters. The film also shows how recruits are drawn from the merchant marine and trained in the arts of lifesaving, seamanship, and navigation. The full rigged sail ship Joseph Conrad is seen at sea, fulfilling its mission by training cadets about teamwork. The lightship...
Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 U.S. War Department
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Although this film was made by the War Department, the fingerprints of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) are all over it. In thirty minutes, the film details the background of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, and attempts to assess the character and make-up of its footsoldiers and leadership. The movie discusses the feudal origins of Japan, and the rise of the Samurai, contextualizing modern Japan's militarism with its earlier history. The history of Japan's imperial conquests is also...
Topic: Army training film.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 U.S. Navy
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This fascinating travelogue was made in 1934, in the era when China was in the grip of the Imperial nations. America operated its own fleet of warships in Chinese waters, to protect American interests, especially the tankers belonging to Standard Oil. Shown in the film are various U.S. Navy warships and gunboats, and although none are identified by name the USS Augusta (CA-31), flagship for the Asiatic fleet, is clearly visible. Canton and Shanghai are cities visited during the course of the...
Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Film
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 U.S. Coast Guard
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Made in 1940, this U.S. Coast Guard film shows the Cadet Cruise made by the USCG's class of 1940. The USCG cutter Bibb was deployed to South America with the cadets on board, and visits made to a variety of Central and South American ports. A transit of the Panama Canal is made, and Lima and Santiago visited along with Cartagena. Bibb is quite a storied sip. Built in 1936, the USCGC Bibb (WPG-31) was a 327-foot (100 m) Secretary-Class (also known as "Treasury Class") Coast Guard ship...
Topic: U.S. Coast Guard recruiting film.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 U.S. Coast Guard
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The sea lanes surrounding Alaska are the gateway to the Arctic Ocean, and of vital importance to the United States during the Cold War. In this film, the men of the Coast Guard cutter USCGC Klamath (WHEC-66) visit Alaskan waters, and perform various humanitarian missions among its Native American residents. Klamath also monitors the seas, servicing buoys and making certain the sea lanes are safe for transit. They also wave the flag near the shores of the United States' key adversary during the...
Topic: U.S. Coast Guard educational film.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 U.S. Coast Guard
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Shot in the 1930s, this film profiles the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), the military academy of the United States Coast Guard located in New London, Connecticut. The four year program offered by the Academy is described, and the various academy, athletic and other opportunities presented detailed. Seagoing activities aboard a modern cutter are shown, including gunnery practice.
Topic: U.S. Coast Guard recruiting film.
PeriscopeFilm
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Landing a plane on the deck of aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous and amazing daily activity facing pilots and deck crew. This amazing training film graphically depicts various aircraft landing disasters.  It also instructs pilots how to avoid them and what emergency ejection or ditching procedures to follow in case they do occur.  A barrier landing, called for when a pilot has a landing gear problem, is shown as is the set-up of the barrier.  Many crashes in this film were...
Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
PeriscopeFilm
Feb 13, 2015 Burlington, Rio Grande and Western Pacific Railroads
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The Burlington Route, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific Railroads produced this tourism promotional film in the 1950's to highlight the California Zephyr luxury train, running between Chicago and San Francisco.  The California Zephyr (the CZ, or "Silver Lady") was a passenger train operated by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q), Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) and Western Pacific railroads, all which dubbed it "the most talked about train in America"...
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Topics: railroad, train, California, locomotive, transportation
PeriscopeFilm
Feb 13, 2015 Castle Films
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This short and apparently hastily assembled newsreel shows the events of December 7th, 1941 and expresses deep outrage at the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Due to classification issues at the time the film was made, very little of the damage to Pearl Harbor itself is shown; rather the film focuses on damage to civilian areas of Waikiki and Honolulu. Due to the lack of material available there are some laughable errors in the rather earnest film, including the presence of a plane...
Topics: Pearl Harbor, WWII, World War II, Japan, U.S. Navy, December 7th
PeriscopeFilm
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One of filmmaker Carl Dudley’s fine films "On the Track" is a portrait of America's railroads in the post-World War II era. The film is basically a salute to America, its railroads, and the multitude of trains that criss-cross the nation. Much like Dudley's "Life Line of the Nation", adoration for American railroads abounds with scene after scene of various trains rolling down the tracks. The railroads are depicted as the “symbol of American progress and prosperity for a...
Topics: Railroad, train, transportation, America, vintage film
PeriscopeFilm
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One of filmmaker Carl Dudley’s earliest creations, Life Line of the Nation is a portrait of America's railroads during World War II. Here logistics are revealed to be one of the keys to victory.  The film begins prior to the war, as meeting is held with members of the military and railroad officials. They are planning their strategy “should war come.” Shortly thereafter, an NBC broadcaster announces the attack on Pearl Harbor. A bit later, there is a teletype with the date 2/9/44 and a...
Topics: railroad, WWII, train, transportation, steam engine, locomotive, military, logistics
PeriscopeFilm
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This is a fascinating silent 16mm movie newsreel of the San Francisco World's Fair -- known as The Golden Gate International Exposition. It was held at San Francisco's Treasure Island, and was a World's Fair celebrating, among other things, the city's two newly built bridges. The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opened in 1936 and the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937. The exposition opened from February 18, 1939, through October 29, 1939, and from May 25, 1940, through September 29, 1940. The...
Topics: San Francisco, World's Fair, Golden Gate Exposition, Yerba Buena Island, 1939, 1940, newsreel
PeriscopeFilm
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This sound newsreel dates from 1942 and begins with the fighting on the Eastern Front as Russian forces defend Stalingrad.  As shown in the film, they eventually force the German Sixth Army to surrender, a major turning point in the war.  The second half of the film shows events in the Pacific, where a U.S. carrier task force led by "Carrier X" (actually the USS Yorktown with USS Lexington) battles Japanese planes in the Battle of the Coral Sea.  (Apparently due to secrecy concerns...
Topics: Stalingrad, WWII, Battle of the Coral Sea, USS Yorktown, aircraft carrier, naval combat, WW2,...
PeriscopeFilm
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Produced in 1945, this newsreel shows the invasion of Okinawa by U.S. Marines and the desperate battle that followed.  The second half of the film documents the fate of the aircraft carrier USS Franklin, which was hit by a kamikaze fifty miles off the coast of Japan and severely damaged. 800 of its complement were killed. The epic battle to save the ship was one of the most courageous moments in the history of the U.S. Navy during WWII. The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg, was...
Topics: newsreel, WWII, Okinawa, Pacific, Japan, United States, U.S. Navy, Ryukus, USS Franklin, kamikaze
PeriscopeFilm
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This WWII newsreel shows news events of early 1944, in particular the Allied landing in Anzio, Italy and the drive towards Rome.  It includes footage of the assault on Monte Cassino.  The second half of the film features footage from the Eastern Front as Russian forces take advantage of a mild winter to press Axis armies.  The offensive enters Croatia, Romania and Poland, and threatens to become a full scale rout. The Battle of Anzio, also known as Frontline of Anzio and Nettuno, took place...
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Topics: WWII, Anzio, Italy, D-Day, June 6 1944, Mark Clark, Monte Cassino
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This episode of "The Big Picture" dates to the 1961-1962 season. Filmed at Washington,. D.C . it shows the Army's "Old Guard" - the 3rd Infantry Regiment - and the U.S. Army Band presenting its annual pageant of military skills and traditions.  The 3rd United States Infantry Regiment is a regiment of the United States Army. It currently has three active battalions, and is readily identified by its nickname, "The Old Guard," as well as "Escort to the...
Topics: TV show, U.S. Army, military, The Old Guard, Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown...
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This silent home movie shows Palm Beach, Florida in 1941, prior to the United States entering WWII but well into the U-boat campaign against British shipping.  On the beach you'll see the wreckage of a destroyer or escort vessel that was likely the victim of a submarine attack.  Also in this footage are scenes of the liner SS Manhattan, later known as the transport USS Wakefield.  On January 11 of 1941, the Manhattan ran aground 300 yards off the beach roughly ten miles outside of Palm...
Topics: WWII, Palm Beach, Florida, USS Wakefield, SS Manhattan
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Dating from the 1920s, this historic silent film shows a Norwegian whaling vessel operating off the coast of Mexico.  The ship in question is likely the SS Port Saunders,  operated by the Mexico Whaling Corporation of Norway.  It netted 390 whales and 12,000 barrels of oil in 1928 alone. Whale hunting has been a part of Norwegian coastal culture for centuries, and commercial operations targeting the Minke whale have occurred since the early 20th century, and some still continue the practice...
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Topics: whaling, whales, Mexico, Norway, harpoon, United States Whaling Co.
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Produced in 1938, this American newsreel shows the Anschluss -- the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in March 1938.  Austria was annexed into the German Third Reich on 12 March 1938. There had been several years of pressure by supporters in both Austria and Germany (by both Nazis and non-Nazis) for the "Heim ins Reich" movement. Earlier, Nazi Germany had provided support for the Austrian National Socialist Party (Austrian Nazi Party) in its bid to seize power from Austria's...
Topics: Adolph Hitler, WWII, newsreel, Austria
PeriscopeFilm
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This recently re-discovered home movie shows New York City during WWII.  Although portions of the film may date to as early as 1938, most of it was shot in 1944-45.  Some of the highlights include rare color footage of Times Square at night, New York harbor bustling with Liberty and Victory Ship traffic, Wall Street draped with patriotic flags, shots of the cityscape and pedestrians, trolley cars and double decker buses, and much more.  (Please add comments to this video and share things...
Topics: New York, Manhattan, WWII, Times Square, Kodachrome, Victory Ship
PeriscopeFilm
Feb 14, 2015 Federal Security Agency
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Created by the Federal Security Agency in the 1940s, "The Operator and Safety" is a bus driver training film.  Featuring a Mack CM-G3 transit bus, the film was shot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and vicinity around 1941.  The bus used in the film, number 1822, was part of the Philadelphia Rapid Transit system. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film...
Topics: Mack bus, Philadelphia, driver training, driver's ed, bus driver, Philadelphia Rapid Transit, stock...
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This short, silent newsreel shows Charles Lindbergh and his new wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh arriving in Los Angeles by biplane.  The purpose of this trip was to pick up their new Sirius monoplane, which they would then fly back to New York.   Lindbergh became the first true global celebrity—and sparked a worldwide craze for flying—with his 1927 nonstop solo flight from New York to Paris in the custom-built Spirit of St. Louis. With that plane donated to the Smithsonian Institution the...
Topics: Charles Lindbergh, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Lockheed, Sirius, Spirit of St. Louis
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Created from official films of the U.S. Army Expeditionary Forces in World War I, "Flashes of Action" is a silent newsreel created in 1928 -- for the ten year anniversary of the end of hostilities.  The film features footage of trench warfare, balloon busting by aircraft (including a spotter jumping from the balloon moments before it bursts into flames), gas warfare, nighttime bombardments, and more. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic...
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Topics: WWI, U.S. Army, World War I, trench warfare, doughboys, mustard gas, Western Front
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Dating from 1928, this silent newsreel shows the flight of the Bremen, a German Junkers W 33 aircraft that made the first successful transatlantic airplane flight from east to west between April 12 and 13, 1928. The Bremen left Baldonnel Aerodrome, Ireland on April 12 and flew to Greenly Island, Canada, arriving on April 13, after a flight fraught with difficult conditions and compass problems. The crew consisted of pilot Captain Hermann Köhl, the navigator, Major James Fitzmaurice, and the...
( 1 reviews )
Topics: 1928, newsreel, Bremen airplane, Greenly Island, Henry Ford Museum, Germany, Bremen, Baldonnel
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High Frontier was a private company that promoted space-based strategic defense against nuclear ICBMs. It was founded by Daniel O. Graham, a retired lieutenant general in the U.S. Army who is often called the "father of SDI". This film promotes Graham's initiative: a kinetic-energy weapon that could take out Soviet ICBMs as they flew towards the USA. It seemed plausible enough, but eventually the SDI plan diverged from High Frontier. The final SDI plan as put forward by Reagan's team...
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Topics: Star Wars, SDI, ICBM, ABM, missile defense, Strategic Defense Initiative, Ronald Reagan
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The USS Panay incident was a Japanese attack on the American gunboat Panay while she was anchored in the Yangtze River outside Nanking (now known as Nanjing), China on 12 December 1937. Japan and the United States were not at war at the time. The Japanese claimed that they did not see the American flags painted on the deck of the gunboat, apologized, and paid an indemnity. Nevertheless, the attack and the subsequent Allison incident in Nanking caused US opinion to turn against the Japanese. Fon...
Topics: U.S. Navy, 1937, Rape of Nanking, Yangtze River, China, Asiatic Fleet, gunboat, Norman Alley
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Fabulous "camera thrill" highlights from WWII features aerial and naval combat, a desperate battle on a South Pacific island between Japanese forces and assaulting U.S. Marines, paratroops, glider troops, a U-boat attack, gun camera footage of strafing and dog fights, plane crashes, and more.  "The motion picture camera has never been closer to the deadly fire of enemy guns than here ..." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic...
Topics: newsreel, U-boat, paratroops, WWII, World War II, combat, gun camera
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This 1939 sound newsreel vividly shows the sinking of the German heavy cruiser Admiral Graf Spee. Admiral Graf Spee was a Deutschland-class heavy cruiser (originally termed Panzerschiff or armoured ship, sometimes referred to as "pocket battleship") which served with the Kriegsmarine of Nazi Germany during World War II. The vessel was named after Admiral Maximilian von Spee, commander of the East Asia Squadron that fought the battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands in World War I. She...
Topics: Kriegsmarine, Graf Spee, River Plate, Uruguay, Montevideo, Royal Navy, Nazi Germany, cruiser,...
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Produced as part of an educational series of films by the Eastman Kodak Company, "Care and Planting of Trees" is a silent movie that dates to 1927.  The film features several moments of interest to modern audiences including mass spraying of trees with pesticides. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in...
Topics: Eastman Kodak, educational, film, pesticides, ecology, vintage, classroom
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Created by Fairchild Hiller to sell the Turbo Porter aircraft, this industrial film gives a great overview of the plane and shows it in various roles including as a military platform.  The Pilatus PC-6 Porter is a single-engined Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) utility aircraft designed by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. First flown in 1959, the PC-6 continues in production at Pilatus Flugzeugwerke in Stans, Switzerland. It has been built in both piston engine and turboprop powered versions...
Topics: Fairchild, Turbo Porter, STOL, aircraft, CIA, AU-23A, Peacemaker, turboprop, Pilatus Aircraft
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Negro Colleges in Wartime was a short propaganda film produced by the Office of War Information in 1943. Other than in the screen title no reference is made to the students' race. The film begins with a shot of the famous statue of Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee, and notes that progress and industry has a new meaning for the present - winning the Second World War. A brief overview of the war related work at several different black colleges follows, starting with Tuskegee where the famous...
Topics: Tuskeegee, Howard University, African American, history, newsreel, propaganda film, WWII, Office of...
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Created in 1942, this wonderful propaganda and recruiting film explains that "men make the Navy and the Navy makes men" and features Lowell Thomas narrating.  Probably made before Pearl Harbor or adapted shortly after the Japanese attack on December 7th, the film features a brief segment at the end identifying Adolph Hitler and Japan as American adversaries.  Some of the material includes: fleet maneuvers involving battleships, cruisers, destroyers and aircraft carriers, PT boats...
Topics: Lowell Thomas, U.S. Navy, recruiting film, WWII, World War II, PT Boat, Battleship, cruiser,...
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Created at the outset of 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 tanks, ships, guns, planes and other war material.  Some of the spectacular footage included shows tanks driving through buildings and over obstacles, soldiers fording rivers, and naval exercises.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topics: newsreel, home front, WWII, Jeep, tank, submarine, PT Boat, battleship, military training, draft,...
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This 1948 promotional film from the Seaboard Air Line Railroad highlights the economy of the American southeastern seaboard that the rail line services. The film opens with women in white dresses smelling flower blossoms. Viewers see statues and monuments and buildings dedicated to American history that proliferate the south, including the Cape Henry Memorial (01:45). A young boy sits amid harvested cotton. There is a montage of shots of the American southeastern seaboard, showing people and...
Topics: railroad, train, South, Seaboard, railway, train, locomotive, racist imagery
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This fascinating 1945 newsreel shows the battle for the Philippines, as U.S. forces under the command of General Douglas MacArthur launch an assault on the island of Leyte.  The battle resulted in a U.S. and Filipino victory. The Allies had taken control of all strategically and economically important locations of Luzon by March 1945, although pockets of Japanese resistance held out in the mountains until the unconditional surrender of Japan. While not the highest in US casualties, it is the...
Topics: newsreel, WWII, Japan, Philippines, MacArthur, Marines, Mt. Suribachi, Manila, Battle of Leyte,...
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This 1945 newsreel shows the final stages of World War II in Europe with American, British, Russian and allied forces descending upon the German heartland.  The seizure of Cologne is shown and the capture of the Rhine bridge (the Lundendorff Bridge) at Remagan.  The British, Canadian and American armies cross the Rhine (accompanied in this film by Churchill, who made a visit to the front) and the Western Front begins to collapse.  Rocket launchers are used in action by the United States....
Topics: WWII, newsreel, V-E Day, World War II, Eisenhower, Patton, Montgomery, Jodl, Wehrmacht, Berlin,...
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This film, created by the Martin Company in 1964, documents the challenges and accomplishments of the United States during the “space race” of the previous decade, with an emphasis on rockets and intercontinental ballistic missiles (TRT: 26:26). A covered wagon train in the American west (0:08). A steam locomotive billowing smoke. A Union Pacific E-9 locomotive. POV operating an excavator (0:30). An early mainframe computer with magnetic tape data storage units. Still photo of the US...
Topics: Strategic Air Command, NASA, ICBM, Air Force, Space Race, Cold War, Titan, Atlas, Thor, IRBM,...
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Created in 1965, "1400 Zulu" is a classic British propaganda and recruiting film that profiles the Royal Navy's operations around the world: from the Caribbean to Aden to the Suez Canal and beyond.  It's a job that involves hundreds of ships and tens of thousands of men both above, on and below the water of all the world's oceans.  The film shows some of the newest weapons in the RN's arsenal including nuclear submarines, missile systems and the Guided Missile Destroyer HMS...
Topics: Cold War, Royal Navy, Harrier Jump Jet, Blackburn Buccaneer, aircraft carrier, destroyer, cruiser,...
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Created during WWII for the U.S. Navy, "Fly High and Live" is a training film that explains to pilots the use of the oxygen cylinder, diluter-demand regulator and type A-14 mask.  The type A-14 was based on designs by Dr. Arthur H. Bulbulian of the Mayo Clinic Aero Medical Unit (his patent was applied for on July 1, 1943 and approved on June 6, 1944). Dr. Bulbulian and his colleagues, Dr. Walter M. Boothby and Dr. W. Randolph Lovelace II, had previously designed a nasal oxygen mask...
Topics: aviation, oxygen, WWII, Navy, pilots, diluter, A-14 mask, aneroid, cylinder, O2, Oxygen, combat,...
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Produced in 1962 and narrated by actor James Cagney, "The Road to the Wall" explores the steady march of Communism through the years.  It begins with the writings of Karl Marx and tracks milestones up until the 1961 construction of the Berlin Wall.  Filled with spectacular footage pulled from historic propaganda and dramatic films, the documentary was produced by U.S. Armed Forces and released as an "Information Film."  It presents the expansion of Communism around the...
Topics: Cold War, Soviet Union, Communist Revolution, USSR, Berlin Wall, Fidel Castro, Chairman Mao, China,...
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Shot by U.S. Army combat cameramen on the 25th of August, 1944, these amazing color films show the aftermath of the Liberation of Paris including the arrival of General Charles DeGaulle at the Arch of Triumph. The Liberation of Paris (also known as the Battle for Paris) was a military conflict that took place during World War II from 19 August 1944 until the German garrison surrendered the French capital on 25 August 1944. Paris had been ruled by Nazi Germany since the signing of the Second...
Topics: Free French, Paris, Liberation of Paris, WWII, Germany, United States Army, 1944, combat camera,...
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Created in the immediate post-WWII period, this gorgeous color film shows the activities of U.S. Navy cadets at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  Some of the interesting segments in the film include an overview of the curriculum circa 1948, football games and sporting events, and a class visit with the fleet including the aircraft carrier USS Randolph. The United States Naval Academy (also known as USNA, Annapolis, or Navy) is a four-year coeducational federal service academy located...
Topics: U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, plebes, cadets, U.S. Navy, USS Randolph, WWII in color, stock footage
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Created in the 1950s, this vintage film was made by Greyhound Bus Lines to promote their charter and tour services.   As passenger railroads went into decline and America's highway system reached a new level of complexity, bus services such as Greyhound began to experience a surge in business.  The Greyhound Escorted Tour promoted in this film proved highly successful with passengers from all walks of life signing up for multi-day trips to scenic destinations like the Grand Canyon and other...
Topics: bus, Greyhound, tour, vintage film, tourism
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 This pictorial history of the Kennedy Space Center begins with the first test firing of a rocket motor in 1951. It then goes on to contrast the primitive launch facilities of that era to the Kennedy Space Center complex of the Apollo program.  The Kennedy Space Center was created for the Apollo manned lunar landing program, and has evolved to meet the changing needs of America's manned space program. At NASA's creation in 1958 during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, its...
Topics: Kennedy Space Center, Apollo program, Cape Canaveral, Florida, space race, rocket, missile, U.S....
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Created by the Ford Motor Company as a public service in the 1950s, "Vacation Land U.S.A." shows Yellowstone National Park as it appeared in the 1950s.  Scenic highlights include mud pots, geysers including Old Faithful, wildlife, and stunning scenery.  Since the film was underwritten by Ford, cars from that company are featured throughout -- and the unspoken premise of the film is that this is a destination you can visit via the automobile. This film is part of the Periscope Film...
Topics: 1950s, Yellowstone National Park, Ford Motor Company, Old Faithful
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Created by North American Aviation, this historic film shows the flight test program for the XB-70 Valkyrie at Edwards AFB in California including the first flight at supersonic speeds, and the various tests made prior to undertaking a flight at Mach 3.0 -- three times the speed of sound or 2200 miles an hour.   The North American Aviation XB-70 Valkyrie was the prototype of the B-70 nuclear-armed, deep-penetration strategic bomber for the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Air Command. North American...
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A film created by the Boeing Company to promote the new 747 aircraft, "Assignment 747" features one of the most basic devices known to man to sell a new product -- sex appeal in the form of gorgeous blonde actress Bernadette Pelletier.  Pelletier's "dumb blonde" character asks all the stupid questions and -- in a cringe-worthy gag at the end of the film -- manages to blow her assignment.  Features many different airline liveries including Pan Am, TWA, Japan Air Lines,...
Topics: 747, aircraft, Boeing, Pan Am, TWA, airlines, stewardesses, world travel, jet age
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Made just prior to the Apollo 4 launch, this historic NASA film gives a good overview of the challenges facing the engineering team and the accomplishments made through 1966. Hosted by none other than Wehrner Von Braun, the film gives some fascinating insights into the "new" Apollo program in the wake of the disastrous Apollo 1 fire. Apollo 4, (also known as AS-501), was the first, unmanned test flight of the Saturn V launch vehicle, which was used by the U.S. Apollo program to send...
Topics: NASA, Apollo program, space program, moon, Wehrner von Braun, Saturn V, rocket
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Created in the late 1920s or early 1930s by Philip M. Brown, "A Pilgrimage Through Palestine" borrows its title from a popular book first published in the 1890s.  The film travelogue shows views of various cities in British occupied Palestine -- today's State of Israel -- including Nazareth, Jericho, Haifa, Tiberius and more.  Mandatory Palestine as it was known, was a geopolitical entity under British administration, carved out of Ottoman Southern Syria after World War I. British...
Topics: Israel, Palestine, Mandatory Palestine, Haifa, Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Sea of Galilee, Jericho,...
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Created in 1961 this historic documentary profiles Admiral Arleigh Albert '31-knot' Burke (October 19, 1901 – January 1, 1996) who distinguished himself during World War II and the Korean War, and who served as Chief of Naval Operations during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations.  Considered by many to be the father of the modern U.S. Navy, Burke was a sea warrior, strategist, and unparalleled service leader whose impact on the course of naval warfare is still felt today. This short...
Topics: U.S. Navy, Arleigh Burke, Eisenhower Administration, Kennedy Administration, Chief of Naval...
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Created by the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII, this training film provides an overview of the parachute types used by aviators and paratroops.  Design, construction and testing of parachutes are described, as well as proper handling and packing by riggers. (A parachute rigger is a person who is trained or licensed to pack, maintain or repair parachutes. A rigger is required to understand fabrics, hardware, webbing, regulations, sewing, packing, and other aspects related to the building,...
Topics: parachute, paratroop, silk, rigger, WWII, training film
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In 1957, seventeen navies from around the world joined the United States Atlantic Fleet for the International Naval Review held at Norfolk, Virginia. Some of the participants included the Ark Royal, the largest aircraft carrier in British service, and the French cruiser DeGrasse.  American ships present included:  USS Saratoga (CVA-60), USS Iowa (BB-61), USS Canberra (CAG-2), USS Macon (CA-132), USS Albany (CA-123), USS Northampton (CLC-1), USS Norfolk (DL-1),  USS Forrest Royal (DD-872),...
Topics: U.S. Navy, Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Cold War
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Created in 1966 "Air Power in Action" presents an overview of U.S. Air Force activities in South East Asia showcases the various aircraft deployed in fighting the North Vietnamese.  These include air strike, close air support, transport, reconnaissance, artillery spotting, rescue and tactical aircraft.  Lt. General Joseph H. Moore is shown planning operations intended to restrict Viet Cong supply. Naval aircraft are also shown in the conflict include A-1H Skyraiders. Air Force...
Topics: USAF, Vietnam War, Rolling Thunder, B-52, Agent Orange, F-4 Phantom, South East Asia, Cold War,...
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Made prior to the Apollo 11 lunar landing, "Apollo Lunar Mission Update" features shots of various Kennedy Space Center installations, the Saturn V rocket and footage shot during test flights.  It also contains footage of the Moon taken by the Mariner and other lunar spacecraft, and animation. The film provides explanations for the preparation for the first moon landing, followed by animation sequences tracing the space flight, moon landing, and return to earth. Conspiracy nuts will...
Topics: Apollo Mission, NASA, Space Program, Moon, Kennedy Space Center, Saturn V, rocket
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This historic film was made by NASA prior to the launch of Apollo 15 and shows mission preparations and goals. Apollo 15 was the ninth manned mission in the United States' Apollo program, the fourth to land on the Moon, and the eighth successful manned mission. It was the first of what were termed "J missions," long stays on the Moon, with a greater focus on science than had been possible on previous missions. It was also the first mission on which the Lunar Roving Vehicle was used....
Topics: NASA, Apollo program, Apollo 15, 1971, space program, Cold War, space race, moon, lunar orbit,...
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"Reunion in Berlin" was made to document events in July. 1951, when 200 to 300.000 Christians -- many of them under real risk of being persecuted by the Communists who embraced atheism -- rallied in Berlin to worship Christ. The rally included residents from East and West Berlin.  That same year major Communist Youth rallies occurred in the East.  It appears that the rally occurred in the Olympic stadium used in the 1936 games. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive,...
Topics: Cold War, East Berlin, West Berlin, Germany, Lutherans, Christians, Communism, WWII, 1951
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Made by the Department of the Army Air Force in 1942, "Aerial Navigation - Airways Flying" shows various procedures for pilots and air traffic control.  The film discusses the need for civil aviation rules, procedures and operations and an air traffic control center and tower, the meaning of green, amber, red and blue airways, recommended procedures when navigation instruments fail, and rules for approaching and leaving airports.  Includes interesting footage of WWII era telefax,...
Topics: air traffic control, WWII, pilot training, navigation, LINK trainer, civil aviation, Army Air Force
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This rare film shows the training of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the United States Army.  The 442nd was a regimental size fighting unit composed almost entirely of American soldiers of Japanese descent who volunteered to fight in World War II even though their families were subject to internment. The 442nd, beginning in 1944, fought primarily in Europe during World War II.  The 442nd was a self-sufficient force, and fought with uncommon distinction in Italy, southern France, and...
Topics: WWII, Japanese-American, 442nd, Purple Heart Battalion, Japanese Internment
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Created shortly after WWII, this film tells the story of the destroyer escorts and their service in the U.S. Navy.  These were fast and maneuverable ships that cost half of what a conventional destroyer cost, and could perform all the same rolls.  The film shows the construction and launch of various ships including USS McConnell (DE-163), USS Frament (DE-677) and USS Brennan (DE-13) during WWII.  These "hellcats of the fleet" are then shown preparing for sea duty and making a...
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In 1958, Pan Am Airlines inaugurated a new service to London from the USA: Flight 1000.  This was the first jet airline service to Europe by Pan Am. This film commemorates that flight and the preparations which led up to it. Features a Boeing 707 aircraft which, it is noted, has a longer wing span than the entire distance of the Wright Bros. first flight.  The "Jet Age" had truly arrived. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military,...
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Topics: Pan Am, 707, Jet Age, Boeing Aircraft, stewardess, transatlantic, jet, passenger plane
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Made at the height of the Cold War, "The Communist Threat" is an over-the-top 1960's drama film about a family in East Germany trying the escape to freedom in the West.  The films stars Michael Cramer (as Miklos), Gudula Blau (as Lora) Ernst Constantine (as Gousev) and Paul Glavion (as Eric). The film was written by Don Fearheiley and directed by Jesse Hibbs. Lead actor Michael Cramer was born on March 1, 1930 in Wickrath, Germany. He was known for Babette Goes to War (1959), Der...
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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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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...
Topics: Antarctica, Admiral Richard Byrd, 1946, U.S. Navy, documentary
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Created in the late 1940s, "The Atlantic Story" profiles the history of the Atlantic Refining Company, aka Atlantic Petroleum, with its headquarters at 260 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia.  Atlantic Petroleum's red, white and blue service stations were seen in many Eastern states in this era.  Atlantic was a direct descendant of the Standard Oil Trust and one of the companies that merged with Richfield Oil to form ARCO, now part of BP. After an unsuccessful spinoff from ARCO,...
Topics: petroleum, oil, gasoline, Atlantic Petroleum, oil refinery, Pennsylvania, Standard Oil
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Created in the 1960s as the helicopter came into maturity as a transportation method, this fascinating Sikorsky film promotes the use of 'copters to supplement the transportation system and use the broad highway in the sky -- to reduce traffic congestion on the highways and eliminate gaps in efficiency.  Chicago and Honolulu are shown -- where helicopters perform critical taxi service -- as well as cities in Europe where helicopters have been employed with great success.  A large portion of...
Topics: Sikorsky, helicopter, Los Angeles Airways, Sabena, S-61, aircraft
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First released in 1956 and presented by Lear, Inc., this 17-minute color film "Sky Sentinels" shows generally how the civilian volunteers of the Civil Air Patrol serve their nation and their neighbors in times of disaster and for Civil Defense.  Narrated by Hollywood great Tyrone Power and featuring director Henry King (who was also a Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol), it also shows the role played by the CAP during the 1955 atomic tests in Nevada.  Yucca Flats is the scene of a...
Topics: William Lear, Tyrone Power, Atomic Tests, Nevada, Civil Air Patrol, Cold War
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Produced by the Stanley Aviation Corp. as part of their contract for Convair, "Escape and Survive" details the development of the escape capsule for the B-58 Hustler. Convair's B-58 was the first operational supersonic jet bomber capable of Mach 2 flight, and that aspect posed a unique challenge for aircrew survival.  The solution was a large crew capsule that would eliminate the effects of wind blast. The B-58 aircraft was designed by Convair engineer Robert H. Widmer and developed...
Topics: ejection, B-58, Hustler, Convair, Edwards Air Force Base, supersonic, ejection seat
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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...
Topics: Wilbur Wright Field, 1917, World War 2, USAF
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Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold (June 25, 1886 -- January 15, 1950) was an American general officer holding the grades of General of the Army and later General of the Air Force. Arnold was an aviation pioneer, Chief of the Air Corps (1938--1941), Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, the only Air Force general to hold five-star rank, and the only person to hold a five-star rank in two different U.S. military services. Instructed in flying by the Wright...
Topics: henry H. Arnold, tribute, general, world war 2, politics