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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 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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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
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
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
Feb 16, 2015
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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
PeriscopeFilm
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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,...
PeriscopeFilm
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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,...
PeriscopeFilm
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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...
Topics: destroyer escort, U.S. Navy, DE, WWII, World War II, Battle of the Atlantic, anti-submarine...
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 17, 2015
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Produced in 1957 and presented by America's Trucking Industry, "Rehearsal for Disaster" shows the important role that motorized transport and in particular the trucking industry, plays in civil defense today, and in the event of an atomic attack. As the film says, "the trucking industry, organized on a nationwide basis, can be a tremendous factor in saving lives and property in the event of any emergency, natural or war-caused." The underlying idea of the film is that truck...
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Topics: Nuclear Attack, Cold War, Fallout Center, World War II, Atomic Bomb Cold War, Disaster, Civil...
PeriscopeFilm
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This newsreel is part of the Army/Navy Screen Magazine, a WWII newsreel program produced from June 1943 until early 1946 by the Army Signal Corps under the supervision of director Frank Capra. It includes several segments. First, "Iron War Horse" which shows the operational training of troops at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana to maintain railroads at the battle front. "Seized from the Japs" shows rare captured Japanese military newsreel films, including an amphibious assault....
Topics: Steam Locomotive, Steam, World War II, Military Railroad, Newsreel, WW2, Camp Claiborne, Royal...
PeriscopeFilm
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Produced in 1938 by the United Council for Civilian Relief in China, an organization led by Theodore Roosevelt Jr., this film vividly shows the nation of China under assault by the Japanese Imperial Army and documents the brutality of the invaders.  The UCCR was created before U.S. involvement in WWII when the nation was technically a neutral power.  Some Americans however felt it was important to speak out against Japanese aggression and the war crimes that were being committed.  The film...
Topics: China, American Propaganda During World War II, Chiang Kai-shek, Propaganda Film, Rape of Nanking,...
PeriscopeFilm
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Produced in 1942 by the American group called United China Relief, "This is China" uses newsreel and travelogue footage to present a portrait of "our friends and allies" -- the Chinese people. United China Relief was founded in 1941 in New York City for the purpose of raising funds to aid the Chinese people during times of national crisis. The main function of United China Relief was to provide funds for the relief and rehabilitation of the Chinese people. Ancillary goals...
Topics: China, World War II, Rape Nanking, Shanghai Greenland F.C, Refugee, War Crime, Propaganda Film
PeriscopeFilm
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Produced by the Princeton Film Center in cooperation with the Institute of Pacific Relations, narrated by Radcliffe Hall and featuring text by Major George Fielding Eliot, "Know Your Enemy Japan!" attempts to answer such vital questions as: How large in the Japanese Empire? Is Japan self-sufficient in food? What is Japan's naval and military strength? What are the living standards of the Japanese people? What are Japan's vital weaknesses? How can Japan be defeated?" It includes...
Topics: Frank Capra, Know Your Enemy, Propaganda, War In China, World War II, Film, George Fielding Eliot,...
PeriscopeFilm
May 5, 2015
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This Castle Films newsreel vividly shows the last major eruption of Mount Vesuvius in March 1944, right in the middle of the Allied invasion of Italy. The eruption destroyed the villages of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio, Massa di Somma, Ottaviano, and part of San Giorgio a Cremano.  From March 18 to 23, 1944, lava flows appeared within the rim. There were outflows. Small explosions then occurred until the major explosion took place on March 18, 1944. At the time of the eruption, the United States...
Topics: Mount Vesuvuis, Campanian, Volcanic Arc, Pompeii, Eruption Of Mount Vesuvius, Italy, Kingdom Of...
PeriscopeFilm
May 7, 2015
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This extremely rare silent film shows prototype tires created by the Martin Tire Company for use in combat on Jeeps and trucks.  The "elastic spoke" tires used no air, instead carrying all the vehicle's load in tension.  Tests appeared to indicate that the tires functioned well in various conditions and provided improved braking characteristics and shock absorption for the driver.   Information about this tire is rare but the patent for the tires, US 2331212 A, indicates that they...
Topics: Jeep, World War II, Tires, Willy's Jeep, Experimental, Automobile, Military, U.S. Army, Michelin,...
PeriscopeFilm
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This Castle Films newsreel dates to 1942 and shows the dramatic developments in the war in the Pacific, where the U.S. Navy repelled a Japanese invasion fleet at the Battle of the Coral Sea and then decisively crushed the Japanese fleet at Midway. The film begins with footage of American troops on the move across the Pacific to Australia, where General Douglas MacArthur plans America's first offensive. Bombers are shown flying out of Port Moresby to harass the Japanese. At 2:17, a disabled...
Topics: Battle Of Midway, Australia, Battle, USS yorktown, USS Entrerprise, USS Lexington, USS Saratoga,...
PeriscopeFilm
May 10, 2015
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"Introduction to Dive Bombing" is a WWII training film made by the U.S. Navy that demonstrates the techniques used in a successful attack.  It also shows the various training regimens used in aviator training, including a generalized study of the fundamentals for the practice and combat dive.  An SB2C Helldiver is used for demonstration purposes. A dive bomber is a bomber aircraft that dives directly at its targets in order to provide greater accuracy and limit the exposure of...
Topics: Dive Bomber, United States Navy, World War II, Curtiss SB2C, U.S. Navy Pilot, Training Film, World...
PeriscopeFilm
May 12, 2015
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Ceci est la version française du film britannique de guerre " Femmes en temps de guerre " montrant des femmes Anglais siégeant en tant que pilotes , les travailleurs de la protection civile , des membres des services d'incendie et ambulanciers , et que les travailleurs des usines de munitions et des fermes . Comme le narrateur dit : . «Partout où les femmes d'aujourd'hui en uniforme sont engagés à faire des emplois pour soulager les hommes pour les postes de danger Dans le kaki...
Topics: War, Edward VII, Elizabeth II, Women In Wartime, British Propaganda Film, United Kindom, World War...
PeriscopeFilm
May 14, 2015
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Created by Castle Films, this sound newsreel shows some of the significant news events of 1945.  Footage of the sinking of the British battleship HMS Barham -- an event that actually happened in 1941 but remained secret --- and the German V-2 rocket is shown.  The death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is seen including the funeral at Hyde Park, and President Truman speaks after V-E Day.  General Montgomery enters Copenhagen and General DeGaulle is shown in liberated Paris.  Rudolf...
Topics: V-2 Rocket, Victory In Europe Day, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hyde Park, Hermann Goering, Rudolph Hess,...
PeriscopeFilm
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This WWII newsreel "Bombs Over Italy" shows American bombers  attacking Genoa and Foggia, Italy in the run-up to the invasion of continental Europe.  General Jimmy Doolittle is seen with American air forces planning operations over Rome.  Military objectives in the Italian capitol are smashed including the San Lorenzo rail yards.  The invasion of Sicily by British and American forces is also shown.  Italian forces begin to surrender, foreshadowing the collapse of the Italian...
Topics: Geneva, Genoa, Foggia Gino Lisa Airport, Castle Films, Allies Of World War II, World War II, Allied...
PeriscopeFilm
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Made in 1944, "Curiosity Killed a Cat``is a training film with a difference.  It's a graphic explanation of what happens when soldiers discover unexploded shells and decide that duds would make terrific souvenirs. While the ensuing explosions aren`t exactly laugh-getters, the interaction between the scolding sergeant and his incredibly stupid subordinate, who delights like a child at each unexploded round, is practically a Three Stooges routine. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topics: Army, Unexploded ordnance, United States Army, World War, WW2, WWII, World War II
PeriscopeFilm
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Made during WWII by Castle Films and sold for home use through camera and department stores, and by mail order, "Salute to the Navy!" shows the Navy's various capabilities. The newsreel features amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands starting at (6:08).   Featured ships include: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco and USS Boise.   Also includes footage of fleet maneuvers of PT Boats, destroyers,...
Topics: Film, World War II, USS Texas, USS Wahoo, USS Boise, USS San Francisco
PeriscopeFilm
May 18, 2015
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Dating to 1943, this WWII newsreel shows the Battle of Stalingrad and the fierce winter fighting that turned the tide of WWII in the East.  Also seen in this film are highlights of the Battle of the Philippine Sea as "carrier X" (likely the USS Enterprise) fights in the Pacific (likely at the Battle of Santa Cruz). The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943) was a major battle of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control...
Topics: Battle Of Stalingrad, Battle Of The Philippines, Battle, Pacific Campaigning, USS Enterprise, U.S....
PeriscopeFilm
May 19, 2015
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Produced by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in support of the 7th War Loan, "Voice of Truth" is a terrific examples of a WWII propaganda film.  "Voice of Truth" uses a Tokyo Rose broadcast as its conceit, to remind the audience of the stakes in the war.  Tokyo Rose (alternative spelling Tokio Rose) was actually a generic name given by Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II to any of approximately a dozen English-speaking female broadcasters of Japanese...
Topics: Tokyo, World War II, Propaganda Film, Film, Treasury Department, Japan, WWII
PeriscopeFilm
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Produced in 1945 by the Treasury Department, "Peace Comes to America" contemplates the financial implications of the end of the war, and the responsibilities the government has to take care of its veterans -- including wounded vets -- as they transition back to "normal life."   The film begins with President Truman's declaration that Japan has surrendered and then shows the immediate aftermath around the world and the homecoming of millions of American men.  It then...
Topics: Newsreel, World War II, End Of WWII, Guam, G.I. Bill, Film, Potsdam Declaration, Demilitarization,...
PeriscopeFilm
May 19, 2015
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One of the Treasury Department's most extraordinary War Bonds promotional films, "Who Died?" was produced by the Office of Strategic Services, and written by author Betty Smith who wrote "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."  The film features five dramatized sequences showing boys and young men in various roles in the home life. After each sequence the battlefield death of each -- now in uniform -- is shown answering the question, "who died?"   Born on December 15, 1896...
Topics: A tree Grows In Brooklyn, Betty Smith, WWII, War Bonds, World War II, Office Of Strategic Service,...
PeriscopeFilm
May 19, 2015
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Produced in 1945 after WWII had ended, this Victory Bond film explores the cost of the war in physical terms -- specifically the veterans who have returned from the war with dreadful wounds, amputations, blindness, etc.  The film encourages Americans to buy Bonds to provide continued care for these servicemen. Footage includes V-E Day in New York, busy shots of Americans getting back to normal life after the war, miscellaneous battle shots and many views of men receiving medical treatment in...
Topics: Veteran, World War II, Killed In Action, Victory Bonds, Wounded In Action
PeriscopeFilm
May 21, 2015
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This historic U.S. Navy film was made in the wake of the disastrous kamikaze attack and fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin in 1945, specifically to provide naval ship architects insight into the structural damage endured by the ship during the incident.  According to a truncated card at the head of the film, this forensic examination of the damage was made in hopes that future carriers might be made more resistant to damage.  USS Franklin (CV/CVA/CVS-13, AVT-8), nicknamed "Big...
Topics: USS Franklin, Aircraft Carrier, Kamikaze, U.S. Navy, Honshu, Essex Class Aircraft Carrier, World...
PeriscopeFilm
May 27, 2015
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This historic film about Operation Fougasse shows one of England's most secret WWII anti-invasion weapons -- a flame fougasse that used an explosive charge to create a gigantic wall of flame along the British coast.  The flame fougasse was developed by the Petroleum Warfare Department in Britain as an anti-tank weapon during the invasion crisis of 1940. During that period, about 50,000 flame fougasse barrels were deployed in some 7,000 batteries, mostly in southern England and a little later...
Topics: World War II, Fougasse, Weapon, . British Anti-invasion Program, Normandy Landing, Operation...
PeriscopeFilm
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One of the War Department's Army / Navy Screen Magazine newsreels, this film was shown to U.S. servicemen and war workers.  Segments include STRICTLY FOR ESKIMOS which shows G.I.s in Iceland adjusting to life in the harsh arctic climate.  The light hearted BLESSED EVENT tells how the U.S. Government arranges medical services for the pregnant wives of servicemen.  These maternity services were provided by Uncle Sam for enlisted men at no cost. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topics: Iceland, World War II, U.S. Navy, Pregnancy, Maternity Services, Newsreel, United States Army
PeriscopeFilm
May 28, 2015
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This silent U.S. Navy film shows K-class blimps touching down on the deck of the escort carrier USS Mindoro for refueling.  The date this was shot was certainly after WWII, most likely in 1946.  K-class blimps were used extensively for ASW operations during WWII.   The K-class blimp was a class of blimps (non-rigid airship) built by the Goodyear Aircraft Company of Akron, Ohio for the United States Navy. These blimps were powered by two Pratt & Whitney Wasp nine-cylinder radial...
Topics: Escort Aircraft carrier, Blimp, World War II, Airship, K-Class Blimp, Goodyear Tire And Rubber...
PeriscopeFilm
May 29, 2015
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One of a series of newsreels produced by the Red Cross during WWII, this film shows the Fifth Army in Sicily and mainland Italy and the activities of the Red Cross overseas.  In this era the Red Cross was doing a great deal of humanitarian work, helping reduce some of the psychological pressures of combat for American troops.  The American Red Cross Service Club is shown at the 1:50 mark, with soldiers shown taking showers and getting haircuts, good food and R&R.  Red Cross female...
Topics: American Red Cross, Red Cross Service Club, Blood Drive, Shell Shock, Medical Care, Palermo, World...
PeriscopeFilm
May 29, 2015
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This WWII aircraft identification film shows the German Ju-52 transport aircraft, one of the Luftwaffe's most important troop carriers.  This film was intended to be used by pilots and also anti-aircraft artillery crews, aircraft spotters and air raid wardens.   Animated segments of the film were likely created by either the Walt Disney or Warner Bros. animation studios as part of their contribution to the war effort.   The Junkers Ju 52 (nicknamed Tante Ju ("Aunt Ju") and Iron...
Topics: JU-52, Junkers Ju 52, Aircraft, World War II, Luftwaffe
PeriscopeFilm
May 30, 2015
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This one-of-a-kind film shows the flight test of a Remington Rand television camera aboard a small aircraft.  The exact story behind this film is not yet known, but during WWII television was used in a series of weapons including the TDR-1 Torpedo Drone and Operation Anvil and Operation Aphrodite -- which used TV to convert bomber aircraft into radio controlled flying bombs.  That may or may not have been the point of this particular test.   Another concept (for instance) was to use...
Topics: Television, World War II, TDR- Drone, Torpedo Drone, Remington Rand, Operation Aphrodite, Operation...
PeriscopeFilm
Jun 1, 2015
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This one-of-a-kind film shows the flight test of a Remington Rand television camera aboard a small aircraft.  The exact story behind this film is not yet known, but during WWII television was used in a series of weapons including the TDR-1 Torpedo Drone and Operation Anvil and Operation Aphrodite -- which used TV to convert bomber aircraft into radio controlled flying bombs.  That may or may not have been the point of this particular test.   Another concept (for instance) was to use...
Topics: Television, World War II, Operation Aphrodite, TDR-1 Drone, Remington Rand, Operation Anvil
PeriscopeFilm
Jun 3, 2015
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  In this episode "The War at Sea", Crusade in the Pacific looks at the naval war on the high seas and focuses on two...
Topics: The Pacific, Crusade in The Pacific, Television Program, Aircraft Carrier, U.S. Navy. Pacific...
PeriscopeFilm
Jun 3, 2015
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 26 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  In this episode "The Road Back: New Guinea" Crusade in the Pacific examines the difficult New Guinea campaign. The...
Topics: World War II, New Guinea, Pacific Campaign, Crusade In The Pacific, 1942, Douglas, Pacific Ocean,...
PeriscopeFilm
Jun 3, 2015
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 26 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "Attack in the Central Pacific: Makin and Tarawa" looks at the Allied...
Topics: The Pacific Television Program, Gilbert Islands, Battle Of Tarawa, Makin, World War II, U.S. Marine...
PeriscopeFilm
Jun 3, 2015
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "Surrender and Occupation of Japan", examines the unconditional surrender...
Topics: Japan, Douglas MacArthur, Japanese Surrender, World War II, Occupation, USS Missouri, President...
PeriscopeFilm
Jun 3, 2015
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "Shifting Tides in the Orient" examines the growth of independence...
Topics: Crusade In The Pacific, Borneo, Australian Army, World War II, Chinese Civil War, Gandhi, Myanmar,...
PeriscopeFilm
Jun 3, 2015
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "The Road Back" looks at the difficult New Guinea campaign. The Japanese...
Topics: Television Program, Crusade In The Pacific, New Guinea, World War II, Ninth Calvary Regiment,...
PeriscopeFilm
Jun 8, 2015
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "War in the North"  examines Japan's invasion of the Aleutian islands in...
Topics: Japanese Internment, Aleutian Island, Alaska, Kiska, Pacific Campaign, World War II, War Film,...
PeriscopeFilm
Jun 8, 2015
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "MacArthur Returns to the Philippines" examines the effort to retake the...
Topics: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Chester W. Nimitz, Douglas MacArthur, Philippines, Battle Of Leyte Gulf,...
PeriscopeFilm
Jun 8, 2015
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "At Japan's Doorstep: Okinawa" looks at the battle of Okinawa. American...
Topics: Battle Of Okinawa, War Film, Japan, World War II, Kamikaze, War, Marine Corps
PeriscopeFilm
Jun 8, 2015
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, Speeding Up the Attack: The Marshalls,  looks at the Allied campaign against the...
Topics: Crusade In The Pacific, World War II, WWII, Pacific Campaign, Battle Of Tarawa, Marshall Islands
PeriscopeFilm
Jun 10, 2015
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "The Navy Holds" examines early U.S. Navy operations in World War II. It...
Topics: Crusade In The Pacific, World War II, WWII, Battle Of The Coral Sea, Battle Of Midway, New...
PeriscopeFilm
Jun 10, 2015
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "The U.S. and the Philippines" looks at the relations between the United...
Topics: Corregidor Island, December 7, Bataan Death March, World War II, Pacific Campaign, Philippines
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific looks at U.S. and British interests in the Pacific prior to World War II including...
Topics: Awakening In The pacific, Crusade In The Pacific, World War II, Japan, WWII, Southwast Asia, Japan,...
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This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "America Goes to War in the Pacific" examines the America's entry into World War II after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It looks at early Allied loses on Wake Island, Guam, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It also looks at the turning of American industry to war and the training of American soldiers. Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most...
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Hosted by Lorne Greene, THE BIG PICTURE was the U.S. Army's TV show.  This episode , "Tigers on the Loose" shows the 10th Armored Division in World War II with a focus on the Battle of the Bulge and action at Metz and Bastogne, and the subsequent push towards the Brenner Pass.  It features the words of the men who were there including commanders. The 10th Armored Division (nicknamed "Tiger Division") was an armored division of the United States Army in World War II. In the...
Topics: Battle Of The Bulge, Periscope Film, Stock Footage, The Big Picture, World War II, Adolf Hitler,...
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This interesting WWII silent German film shows various techniques to keep up good humor, and keep warm, in an air raid shelter.  We don't have a good translation of the various title cards so if someone would be so kind as to provide them, we'd be grateful. 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 24p HD and 2k....
Topics: Civil Defense, Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Air-raid Shelter, World War II, Film, Germany, Air...
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This silent WWII German newsreel shows long range German bomber aircraft making strikes against Allied shipping in the Atlantic sea lanes near Ireland.  In 1940, these "back door" raids were commonplace and costly to both sides.  On one raid in July of that year for example, the Luftwaffe destroyed five ships in one convoy and damaged five other ships and two destroyers while sustaining the loss of 28 aircraft -- some of them shot down in the heavily-guarded English Channel.   The...
Topics: Bomber, Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Newsreel, Battle Of Atlantic, Atlantic Ocean,...
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This silent German newsreel shows the launching of the Prinz Eugen, an enlarged Admiral Hipper-class heavy cruiser which served with the Kriegsmarine of Germany during World War II. The entire launch process is seen, with groups of workers moving the blocks holding the hull in position on the ways.  Adolph Hitler and ministers attend the christening ceremony and can be seen at the 10 minute mark.  Most of the superstructure and weaponry for the ship will be installed after launch. The vessel...
Topics: Adolf Hitler, Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Kriegsmarine, Prinz Eugen, German Cruiser, Krupp,...
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Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation. This portion is Reel 1. This version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs...
Topics: Nazi Germany, Germany, Adolf Hitler, World War II, Brandenburg Gate, Documentary
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Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation.    This version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs were created with...
Topics: Nazi Germany, World War II, Adolf Hitler, Documentary
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This silent German educational film shows the construction of a  Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann aircraft, one of the Luftwaffe's standard training airplanes throughout WWII.   The prototype Bü 181 (D-ERBV) made its maiden flight in February 1939 with Chief Pilot Arthur Benitz at the controls. After thorough works and official flight testing by the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM) the Bü 181 was nominated to be the standard primary trainer for the Luftwaffe. Series production of the Bü 181...
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Topics: Bucker Flugzeubagbau, BU 181 Bestmann, Bucker BU 131, Rangsdorf, World War II, trainer Aircraft,...
Created in the 1930s, this German newsreel shows the "expansion of Germany" under Adolf Hitler including the seizure of the Sudentenland.  German troops are shown being welcomed into the area, along with Hitler himself who arrives in a large open car to a hero's welcome.    Also shown is Mahren also known as Moravia.  Following the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, Moravia became part of Czechoslovakia. As one of the five lands of Czechoslovakia, it had restricted...
Topics: Adolf Hitler, World war II, Kreigsmarine, Sudetenland, Moravia, Nazi Germany, World War II,...
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This silent German newsreel shows the training activities of the Gebirgsjäger (German pronunciation: [ɡəˈbɪʁksˌjɛːɡɐ]) light infantry.  These troops are part of the alpine or mountain troops (Gebirgstruppe) of Germany and Austria. (N.B.: The word Jäger meaning "hunter" or "huntsman" is a characteristic term used for light-infantry or light-infantryman in German-speaking military context.)  Troops are shown fording a river, moving artillery over rough terrain,...
Topics: World War II, Mountains, Operation Silver Fox
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Created for classroom use, this historic German educational film shows the famed Berlin Zoological Garden as it appeared in the 1930s.  The Berlin Zoological Garden (German: Zoologischer Garten Berlin) is the oldest and best known zoo in Germany. Opened in 1844 it covers 35 hectares (86.5 acres) and is located in Berlin's Tiergarten. With about 1,500 different species and almost 20,500 animals the zoo presents the most comprehensive collection of species in the world. The zoo and its aquarium...
Topics: World War II, Zoo, Red Army, Garden
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This silent, German film shows fighting on the Western Front in World War 1 and contains material shot between 1916-1918. The film was released in the late 1930s as part of the remilitarization of Germany, in hopes of glorifying the nation's military legacy in the World War. Although they did not achieve a victory in the war, this film essentially shows a victory in battle, with German troops advancing across No Man's Land. Those who saw it may have been either encouraged or discouraged by the...
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Topics: Asbestos, World war II, Morotai, 1944, Siegfried Line, Boeing B-29, Le Harve, China Burma,...
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This WWII newsreel dates to 1944 and includes various segments, including coverage (around 15 minute mark) of Operation Market Garden.   The film begins in the Pacific with footage of vehicles being waterproofed with asbestos grease, and then shows the invasion underway.  General Douglas MacArthur makes an appearance, inspecting the newly-conquered island.  In another segment, B-29s are shown in operation in India against Japanese positions in Sumatra, Japan and China as part of the 20th...
Topics: Asbestos, World War II, Morotai, Boeing-29 Superfortress, China Burma India Theater, Le Havre,...
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One of the U.S. Army's special "War Films", this one begins with a segment entitled "All American" focusing on the combat cameramen assembled to document the war in the air, on the ground, and at sea.  The film shows Gen. Hap Arnold and the military's movie studios at work, creating training and propaganda films for consumption by the troops and the public.  The film also shows footage filled with humor, such as shots of airplane nose art and a man taking a bath in a tub...
Topics: World War II, Robert F. Patterson, Combat Camera, Film, South Pacific, transport Aircraft, War Film
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This episode of "The Big Picture" is a biography of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, one of the greatest naval leaders in the history of the United States.  Chester William Nimitz (February 24, 1885 – February 20, 1966) was a fleet admiral of the United States Navy. He played a major role in the naval history of World War II as Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet (CinCPac), for U.S. naval forces and Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas (CinCPOA), for U.S. and Allied...
Topics: Chester W. Nimitz, U.S. World War II, Pacific Fleet, Japanese Navy
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Created shortly after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a memorial, this "Official Films" silent newsreel was sold for home use.  The film shows the career of FDR starting with his earliest days in politics, including rare footage before he was stricken with Polio.  It also shows the President throughout his four terms in office, and then the funeral preparations and burial. The backstory of the funeral is this: in the early afternoon of April 12, 1945 President...
Topics: Franklin D Roosevelt, President Of The united States, Hyde park, 1945, World War II, Politics, 1945
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This WWII newsreel contains two segments.  The first, "France Flies Again" shows the hand-off of P-40 Warhawk aircraft to the Free French Air Force (French: Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres, FAFL), the air arm of the Free French Forces during the Second World War.  The second segment shows the war in the Aleutians, including the assault on Attu and Kiska.  This material was shot by Hollywood director John Ford and incorporated into the longer length film "Report from the...
Topics: Air Force, French Air Force, Free French Air Force, Battle Of Attu, Aleutian Islands Campaign,...
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This fascinating silent color film from World War II shows a variety of rockets produced by the United States for use in the conflict.  Many of these weapons were developed at Caltech, and the film shows some of the work done there to perfect these systems.  Various launch platforms are shown including small craft such as the LCI and the LCM, and aircraft of various kinds including the Navy's Harpoon.   The 5-inch Forward Firing Aircraft Rocket or FFAR was an American rocket developed during...
Topics: World War II, Aircraft, Rocket, Folding Fin, High Velocity Aircracrt Rocket, privateer airplane
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This rare German educational film from the WWII era shows civil defense training activities of the Hitler Youth (German:  Hitlerjugend ), the youth organization of the Nazi Party in Germany. Its origins dated back to 1922.  It includes paramilitary training on the use of gas masks, rendering first aid, fire fighting and so on.  From 1933 until 1945, it was the sole official youth organization in Germany and was partially a paramilitary organization; it was constituted of the Hitlerjugend...
Topics: Hitler Youth, Sulfer Mustard, Gas Mask, World War II, Adolf hitler
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This short silent educational film shows activities of the  Reichsarbeitsdienst (translated to 'Reich Labour Service', abbreviated RAD), a major organisation established by Nazi Germany as an agency to help mitigate the effects of unemployment on German economy, militarize the workforce and indoctrinate it with Nazi ideology. It was the official state labor service, divided into separate sections for men and women.  In some ways it could be compared to FDR's New Deal organizations such as the...
Topics: Reichsarbeitsdienst, Labor Service, World War II, Germany, Deutsch
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This rare silent film shows a trip down the Rhine River in Germany made in the 1930s by freighters and passenger ships, including a sidewheel vessel. Some terrific scenery is shown in the course of the film including castles, mountains and cities.   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 24p HD and 2k. For more...
Topics: Rhine, Events Preceding World War II Europe
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Produced during WWII or immediately before, this short silent film shows some of the training activities of the  Fallschirmjäger, the paratrooper branch of the German Luftwaffe before and during World War II. They were the first German paratroopers to be committed in large-scale airborne operations and came to be known as the "green devils" by the Allied forces they fought against. Throughout World War II the Fallschirmjäger commander was Kurt Student. During World War II, the...
Topics: World War II, paratrooper, Fallschirmager, Germany, Wehrmacht
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This short silent German educational film shows an artillery battery being put into position by Wehrmacht forces.  Interestingly the battery force has mounted troops, typical of the German Army which while heavily mechanized used horses for many important tasks.  Once a position is scouted, troops emplace the gun and begin the work of camouflaging the position, while other soldiers work to obtain firing data and sighting.    The artillery piece shown may be the 7.5 cm Feld Kanone 16 neuer...
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Topics: Artillery, Artillery Baterry, World war II, Wehrmacht, germany
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This historic German educational film shows flights of sailplanes or gliders.  After World War I many gliders were built for sporting purposes in Germany, because of post-WWI regulations forbidding the construction and flight of motorized planes.  As a result the country's aircraft enthusiasts often turned to gliders and were actively encouraged by the German government, particularly at flying sites suited to gliding flight like the Wasserkuppe. A glider or sailplane is a type of glider...
Topics: Glider, Germany, Aircraft, Motor Glider, World War II, Gliding, Aircraft
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This WWII silent educational film was apparently prepared for viewing by civilians.  We haven't deciphered the inter titles but the plot appears to be about the use of sand in fire fighting efforts.  A bag of sand is shown to be extremely useful in the event that an incendiary device lands on an apartment building, and so people were encouraged to have one close at hand along with other fire fighting tools.  Blackout curtains are also seen in the film, along with a frame (seen at about the 6...
Topics: Air Raid Shelter, World War II, incendiary Device, Bomb, Film, Civil Defense
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This World War II film celebrates International Harvester's contribution to the war effort, producing vehicles for the Army. The International Harvester Company (abbreviated first IHC and later IH) was a U.S. manufacturer of agricultural machinery, construction equipment, trucks, and household and commercial products. In 1902, J.P. Morgan merged the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and Deering Harvester Company, along with three smaller agricultural equipment firms, to form International...
Topics: International Harvest, World War II, Tractor, Halftrack, WWII, Prime Mover, Agriculture, Farm...
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This historic, silent German educational film shows physical training of members of the Arbeitsdienft or "Labor Service". The Reichsarbeitsdienst (translated to 'Reich Labour Service', abbreviated RAD) was a major organisation established by Nazi Germany as an agency to help mitigate the effects of unemployment on German economy, militarise the workforce and indoctrinate it with Nazi ideology. It was the official state labor service, divided into separate sections for men and women....
Topics: World War II, Labor Servcice, Labor Service
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Produced in 1945, "Hannibal Victory" documents the activities of the World War II Victory Ship S.S. Hannibal Victory, named after Mark Twain’s Mississippi River hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. Departing from San Francisco, the ship carries a cargo of eight steam locomotive engines and cars across the Pacific to the Philippines. The crew’s daily routines are portrayed along with occasional threats by Japanese vessels.  During World War II, 534 "Victory ships" were...
Topics: World War, World War II, Hannibal, victory Ship
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U.S. Coast Guard Report Number 7, "Coast Guard on Foreign Shores", shows the role the Coast Guard played in the Allied victory in WWII. Coast Guardsmen manned nearly every type of support vessel for the Navy, and went into harm's way not only in the battle against the U-boats, but at every amphibious landing from North Africa to Sicily, Italy to D-Day, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Luzon, Okinawa and Iwo Jima. This film shows the role of the Coast Guard, and features terrific footage of many...
Topics: United States Coast guard, World War II, U.S. navy
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This episode of The Big Picture's TV Series "Army in Action" focuses on the aftermath of World War II in Europe and Asia.  The plight of defeated Germany and Italy, with their decimated cities and homeless population, is clearly illustrated with footage of the stark devastation.  Hiroshima and Nagasaki, leveled by atomic explosions, are also shown and the situation in Japan described.  The tragic costs of World War II are elucidated, with a focus on the reconstruction of cities,...
Topics: The Big Picture, World War II, Germany Italy, Adolf Hitler, Mussolinmi, Army In Action, Occupation,...
This film shows the A-36 (a P-51 Mustang variant) being used as a ground support and strike aircraft on the Italian front in WWII. The North American A-36 Apache (listed in some sources as "Invader", but also called Mustang) was the ground-attack/dive bomber version of the North American Aviation P-51 Mustang, from which it could be distinguished by the presence of rectangular, slatted dive brakes above and below the wings. A total of 500 A-36 dive bombers served in North Africa, the...
Topics: North American A-36, North American P-51, Ground Attack Aircraft, World War II, WWII, P-51 Mustang,...
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This episode of "The Big Picture", one of the "Army in Action" series, is entitled "The Tide Turns".  It shows the military campaigns of 1944 in Europe and against Japan, with the United States and its Allies beginning to reverse the Fascist aggressors' progress on all fronts.    The episode begins with images in Italy of the horrific mud that halted U.S. and British forces advancing towards Rome.   Meanwhile, General Eisenhower plans the D-Day invasion of...
Topics: Italian Campaign, World War II, The Big Picture, United States Army, Normandy Landings, D-Day,...
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This episode of "The Big Picture", part of the "Army in Action" WWII history series, is entitled "The Victory".  It highlights the events leading up to the surrender of Germany in 1945, including the death of Mussolini and the suicide of Adolf Hitler, the liberation of the Philippines by U.S. forces under MacArthur, the victory at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and the surrender of Japan in September of 1945.  It also includes coverage of V-E and V-J Day and the...
Topics: World War II, Adolf Hitler, Aachen, Philippines, Leyte. Battle of Leyte Gulf, Army, Surrender Of...
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One of the U.S. Army's "Big Picture" TV episodes, in the WWII "Army in Action" series, "The Slumbering Giant Awakens" depicts the battle of supply and logistics won by the United States Army in 1943.  Also depicted in this film are the tactical operations in 1943 in North Africa, where the Germans are defeated in Tunisia.  There is also coverage of the Pacific, the Aleutians including the invasion of Attu, Australian troops fighting in New Guinea and the assault...
Topics: The Big Picture, World War II United States army, Attu Island, Aleutian Island, Afrika Korps,...
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This episode of "The Big Picture" TV show, one of the "Army in Action" series, is titled "Global War".  It presents events during WWII in 1943 including Allied assault on Sicily, landings in New Guinea, new offensives in Russia, the drive up the Italian mainland to Rome, and assaults in the Pacific Islands.  Highlights include: The Ploesti oil refinery raid is seen at the 6 minute mark.  The Munda Airfield on New Georgia are seen at 8 minutes.  Soviet forces...
Topics: World War II, WWII, Sicily, 1943, ploesti Raid, United States Army, Messina
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This World War II film dates from 1942 and shows how colleges across America were preparing students in support of the World War II effort.  It shows a bygone era where being patriotic was something important.  It includes footage of the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Dartmouth College, Cornell, UC Berkeley, and Purdue University.  Includes many different shots of ROTC units and auxiliary formations, and shots of African American and female students taking on new roles for the war...
Topics: Campus On The march, World War II, Purdue University, Texas A&M University, Cornell University,...
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This episode of "The Big Picture", part of the Army in Action WWII series, is entitled "The Spreading Holocaust".  It features the story of the military events of 1941 and 1942, with the Axis triumphant on all fronts including the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the German drive across North Africa and deep into Russia, and the Japanese assault on China, the Philippines and British possessions in Asia including Singapore.    The siege of Bataan is shown, and the...
Topics: Baatan Death March, World War II, Philippines, Germany, Wehrmacht, The Holocaust
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Produced by the governments of the USA and Britain, "Eve of Battle" is a photographic record of the Allied Expeditionary Forces as they embarked upon the D-Day landings in Occupied France.  Starts with amazing footage of German bunkers and coastal installations, and shows the formation of the gigantic invasion force with its multi-national components.  The film concludes with vivid footage of June 6, 1944 and the invasion force arriving on the beaches.   This film is part of the...
Topics: World War, Invasion, Newsreel, World War II, Normandy Landing, England Channel
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Created during World War II, "The Aftermath of War Production" was created to educate the American public and government officials about the potential financial disaster that might occur after the end of WWII, when millions of surplus goods might be dumped on the market, and when millions of people might be put out of work through the cancellation of contracts. According to the film military surplus is an inevitability, but financial disaster and depression is preventable.   Film...
Topics: home Front, World War II, Aftermath Of World War II, Military Surplus, Economics, Military Supply,...
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This tribute to the Third Army in World War II details its 281 days of combat duty, from France and Belgium and into Germany in 1944-45, including the Battle of the Bulge. Features footage of General George S. Patton and the troops he commanded. The United States Army Central (formerly the Third Army) is a military formation of the United States Army, which saw service in World War I and World War II, in the 1991 Gulf War, and in the coalition liberation of Iraq. It is best known for its...
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This historic civil defense film was created at the beginning of American participation in WWII, and presents the scenario that Nazi and Japanese aircraft might raid the United States and drop incendiary bombs on American cities.  At the time the threat appeared absolutely real, and both East and West Coasts complied with blackout restrictions, posted air raid wardens, and began training volunteers to respond in the event of an Axis attack. In the film magnesium incendiary bombs are shown,...
Topics: Civil Defense, United States Of America, World War II, Firebombing, War, Fireman, Firefighting,...
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This 1946 color travelogue of Washington, D.C. was (judging from the lack of traffic) shot during WWII and released in 1946 by the Byron organization.  Created by the Greater National Capital Committee of the Washington Board of Trade, INVITATION TO THE NATION shows the many tourist sights of the District of Columbia and its environs, including Mount Vernon.  Some of the iconic places in the film include the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, Tomb of the Unknown...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Washington, Trolley Cars, Washington D.C.
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This 1944 WWII U.S. Navy propaganda film features a wide range of US Navy carrier operations (involving Hellcats, Helldivers and Avengers), with hair-raising carrier landings and accidents.  The film begins with carrier take-offs from ships based near the Philippines including USS Enterprise CV-6, with aircraft looking for Japanese at sea and on land the mission is the same -- "find the Japs".  Beginning about the 4:30 mark as aircraft return to their ships, you'll see an incredible...
Topics: World War II, Naval Aviation, battle Of Leyte Gulf, Aircraft Carrier, USS Enterprise, Aircraft,...
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Produced in 1945, "Hannibal Victory" documents the activities of the World War II Victory Ship S.S. Hannibal Victory, named after Mark Twain’s Mississippi River hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. Departing from San Francisco, the ship carries a cargo of eight steam locomotive engines and cars across the Pacific to the Philippines. The crew’s daily routines are portrayed along with occasional threats by Japanese vessels.  During World War II, 534 "Victory ships" were...
Topics: World War II, Periscope Film, Victory Ship, World War, Hannibal, Film
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Made in 1941, this pre-WWII training film shows the use of the service gas mask in the field, including how to fit it snugly and check for leaks, as well as the handing of the shoulder bag in which it is carried.  It appears the gas mask being demonstrated is the M2A1 Service Gas Mask.  This was standardized in 1941, based on a successful training mask. The main innovation was the use of improved rubber instead of stockinet cloth on the faceplate. In 1939, the Army developed the lightweight...
Topics: Gas Mask, World War II, United States Army, Training Film, War, M2 Gas Mask, M2A1 Gas Mask
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WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT.  This film contains images of war atrocities and may not be suitable for viewers of all ages. This 1944 film, RETURN TO GUAM,  was produced by the U.S. Navy about the taking and recapture of the island of Guam.  The film also shows the history of U.S. involvement in Guam, including the participation of native Chamorros in the Navy and in defense of the island.  Aside from showing the invasion and recapture of Guam, the film shows the horrific massacre of the...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Guam, Japanese War Crimes, United States Navy, World War II, Mariana...
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Made in 1943 and produced by famed filmmaker Graham McInnes for the National Film Board and the Wartime Prices and Trade Board, PLOWSHARES INTO SWORDS is a typical industrial incentive film from WWII.  The film shows the gigantic agricultural and industrial capacity of Canada, and describes how production (including steel, cattle, meat and grain products, munitions and more) must be increased for the war effort -- nearly 25% according to the needs described by the narrator.  At the same time...
Topics: World War II, Battle Of The Atlantic, Munitions, Propaganda Film, Vancouver, Toronto, Agriculture,...
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This Film Communique Fifth Issue consists of several segments.  The first, P-47s Come to Town, shows the arrival of American P-47 Thunderbolts in the European Theater, their assembly and combat role.  The second, titled Two Million Dollar Hill, showing combat in Italy, with mules and men being used to deliver supplies to front line troops fighting German troops.  The omnipresent mud makes it slow going.  An animated short "A Few Quick Facts" shows the work of the Air Transport...
Topics: U.S. Marine Corps, Battle Of Tarawa World War II, Pacific Campaign
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This historic WWII Marine Corps. newsreel shows the activities of the USMC in the early stages of American involvement in the war.  The newsreel starts with a segment showing Marines in Iceland keeping an eye out for German aircraft.  The Marines are also shown parading for relief funds in New York City.  The retirement ceremony is shown for Quartermaster Sgt. Frank W. Wright.  The film ends with President Franklin Roosevelt speaking in front of a joint session of Congress, paying tribute...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, US marines, War, Iceland