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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)
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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)
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The United States Army presents “The Big Picture Occupation of Japan,” — a Signal Corps Pictorial Center produced weekly television report that highlighted the occupation of Japan at the end of World War II. The film also focused on the United States’ important role in rebuilding and strengthening Japan after the war. The 1953 U.S. Army training film begins with an introduction from Sergeant Stuart Queen (1919–1981), a World War II veteran and Korean War combat broadcaster, who says...
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Produced by the Army Film and Photographic Unit and the Royal Air Force Film Production Unit, this black-and-white film is Part 2 of “Desert Victory,” exploring the Battle for North Africa during World War II. The film starts cold with British tanks rolling across the desert during the Second Battle of El Alamein, and explanation that in the early going, the British Eighth Army had made a four-mile advance through German lines to the north, as well as advancements against the lines of...
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This silent educational film shows the opening ceremonies of the 1936 Summer Olympics, including the parade of athletes through the streets of Berlin, the torch lighting, the arrival of the Olympic Committee and Adolf Hitler at the Berlin Olympic Stadium, and the parade of athletes and national flags inside the stadium.  The 1936 Summer Olympics (German: Olympische Sommerspiele 1936), officially known as the Games of the XI Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event that was held in 1936...
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Narrated by Jack Comley, CAN DO: THE STORY OF THE SEABEES tells the story of the U.S. Navy's Seabees or United States Naval Construction Battalions. The film begins with footage of Davisville, Rhode Island, home of the CB's Atlantic headquarters the U.S. Naval Construction Battalion Center. The film provides a brief history of the CBs through photographs showing how the CBs worked in WWII to blast coral reefs, build advance bases, and provide causeways, piers, causeways and other facilities for...
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This Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) recruitment film was produced in 1944. Scenes of the Hydrographic Office and barracks were filmed beginning May 9, 1944. Hydrographic Office history records that, “Photo Science Lab photographers aboard to make motion pictures of WAVES for a BuPers (Bureau of Naval Personnel) Procurement “Short” to be released by Warner Brothers.” The main character, the mother, is an actress, but the other WAVES appearing in the film are...
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Released in 1943 by Castle Films, one of the premiere makers of commercial "home movie" type 16mm films and newsreels, this exciting film opens with footage from the Battle of the Atlantic. At  1:30 , the fatal end of the French Navy is seen, as the armada is scuttled at Toulon. At  2:00 , the liner Normandie is shown burning at its moorings, and the hull being raised. At  2:26 , forces under MacArthur are shown pressing the offensive in the Solomon Islands, and Mac is seen at ...
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This silent educational film dates to the 1960s and shows efforts by the Soviet government to develop oil and gas fields in Kharkiv, Ukraine. At :57, an oil exploration rig is shown using modern methods to drill for oil, with workers carefully placing the drill head into position. The process of drilling is shown through animation and live photography, with workers from the geophysics section ( 2:36 ) analyzing the process. At  3:40 , a modern gas and petroleum processing plant is seen, and...
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“Airport in the Jet Age” is a 1960s color film that explores a large metropolitan jet airport, primarily featuring United DC-8 Jet Mainliners. While not an exceptional film by any means, it is notable for containing views of LAX World Airport when it was brand new, relatively small (compared to today's version) and still used isolated terminals and with the "theme building" standing alone at its core. The film opens with a comparison of a book with an airport and how both can take...
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Made in the late 1930s by producers Marcel De Hubsch and Etienne Lallier, "Branlebas de Combat" or literally "Call to Action" presents a look at the fighting French Navy just before it was torn to pieces in World War II. Featuring a score by acclaimed composer Jacques Ibert, the movie contains images of the fleet including especially the battleship Provence, which incredibly was sunk twice in WWII -- once by the British and once by the French. After World War I, the French...
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“Railroadin’” is a 1941 documentary on the development of railroads in the United States. The color educational film, produced in conjunction with the US Departments of War and Interior and the Association of American Railroads (AAR), gives an overview of the history and operation of railroads in the United States. (The AAR is an industry trade group representing primarily the major freight railroads of North America that works to improve the efficiency, safety and service of the railroad...
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Made as part of the Chicago "Century of Progress" campaign, affiliated with the Chicago World's Fair, this silent promotional movie for the Chicago school system focuses on truancy and "problem kids" for whom attendance in school is of paramount importance. The film shows how Chicago is working to craft special schools and curriculums to deal with problem kids.  It begins with images of gangs of kids roving the streets, hitching rides on the back of cars, fighting, gambling...
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The Monty Python song "I'm a lumberjack..." might have been inspired by this wonderful film from the 1930s "Treetop Daredevils", shot in the Pacific Northwest. The film shows lumberjacks and axemen working in an era before power tools were brought to bear on the forest, and almost everything was done by muscle. In addition to showing the cutting down of old growth forest logs and their floating down the river, the film includes a lengthy segment (starting at  5:30 ) showing...
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Made during the Cold War and long before 9-11, this U.S. Air Force film was made to instruct American personnel based in Europe about the threat of terrorism. The film includes footage from various incidents in the 1970s and 80s, including the bombing of Harrod's Department Store by the I.R.A. ( 1:00 ), an assault on the Queen's horseguard and an Army band by the I.R.A. ( 1:30 - 3:00 ), attacks in Paris ( 4:00 ), the attack on the U.S. Army barracks in Lebanon (5:238) and the killing of the...
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This black and white educational film about gold was produced by Academic Film Company Inc. and adapted from a John Hix “Strange As It Seems” that was originally segment shown in theatres. It was narrated by Robert Sherwood. The film begins with a re-enactment of Louis XVI’s financial woes. Marie Antoinette and Cardinal de Roahn visit an alchemist to make gold to save France but it is a scam (:37- 3:30 ). December 3, 1848, a soldier arrives at a telegraph office in New Orleans with a...
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This silent black and white military film “Battle for France” was produced by Castle Films in the 1940s as part of “The News Parade” documentary series. The film displays segment cards. Fighting out of Nazi trap in Flanders, Allied troops reach the last channel port…Dunkerque [Dunkirk]. A nurse wipes the forehead of a soldier (:53- 1:02 ). Sandbags are piled against a building as a soldier smokes a pipe. ( 1:03 - 1:22 ). Under terrific fire, British sea craft rush to the rescue! A...
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This circa 1938 black-and-white Pictoreel sports film takes its viewer to Pinehurst, North Carolina — the cradle of American golf. The film shows several luxurious homes and street scenes as the narrator explains how golf is the life blood of the city, so much so that many businesses close during the course of the day so that owners may take time to head to the links. Even “gentlemen of the cloth … mingle with their flocks” as at mark  01:50  two clergymen walk to the greens toting...
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Note: this film was shot in anamorphic widescreen. We will post an "unsqueezed" version in the near term. This historic film presents “Majestic Island,” a 1960s color film that takes it viewer to Taiwan. “Until the end of World War II these people were headhunters. But now they hunt for tourists,” says the narrator at mark  01:11 . We see tribesmen perform a ritualistic dance (mark  01:33 ) and aerial views of farmland, later getting a ground view of Taiwanese working in...
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Made in the 1940s, this color cartoon showcases the advantages meat packers bring to the livestock producer and the general population. It was produced by the Agricultural Research Department of Swift & Company. This company began in 1904 and was located in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Fires destroyed the plant in 1971. The film opens with a scan of meat for sale in a store to a map of the U.S. with meat packaging plants (:08-:59). Before meat packaging plants, a farmer carries a carcass to...
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Paul Hoefler Productions presents “Cotton Picking and Ginning.” The black-and-white educational film, made in cooperation with the National Cotton Council of America, provides the viewer with “the story of cotton from harvest to mill” and was the first film in a series of five subjects on cotton. There are a few strains of “My Old Kentucky Home” before we’re told how cotton is the most important crop grown in the United States (mark  00:40 ) and the most widely used fiber in the...
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This film, titled “Pieces of a Dream” (:13) is about the Bede BD-5 micro. The company did unfortunately go bankrupt in the 1970’s and just a few kit versions of the aircraft were actually completed. Bede produced a series of small compact aircraft in the 1960’s and the kit version was created in order for a customer to fly a plane that was less expensive than a car (:28). Classified as a bargain based plane (:47), it cost only a little more than $2,000! Construction was only to require...
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“The Men of Polaris” is a circa 1963 United States Navy film that informs the viewer of the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarines. The USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) breaks the waves in the color film’s opening seconds while the narrator explains how it is the duty of sailors — and especially submariners — to “sustain the position of the United States and her allies in an unsettled world.” Visiting the Naval Submarine Base in New London, Connecticut (mark 01:!5) we learn...
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This color film is a long advertisement for the Caterpillar No. 14 Series B motor grader and produced by the Caterpillar Tractor Co. The film opens with the grader speedily approaching and passing the camera (:15-25). The grade moves dirt along an edge of a road and shown standing still from multiple angles while its stats are spoken (:26- 1:45 ). Shown grading along a road ( 2:00 - 2:15 ) and spreading earth ( 2:15 - 2:30 ). The blade beam has 5” of clearance,(shown with a tape measure (...
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One of a series of newsreels produced by the War Department during WWII, Combat Bulletin 34 dates to December of 1944. The film begins with coverage of the 9th Army as it drives across Belgium from Aachen towards Germany. The German cities of Linnich and Juelich are shown. At  1:00 , the drive towards Antwerp is shown, with the port itself in ruins due to the work of retreating Germans. American engineers are seen busy working with British and other workers to restore the port to full...
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This film, MAKAI DEEP OCEAN DIVE was produced by the United States Navy in 1973. The film begins with remarks by astronaut and diver Scott Carpenter about Capt. George Bond, a U.S. Navy researcher who laid the groundwork for saturation diving with helium. Bond, who died in 1983, was an American physician who was known as a leader in the field of undersea and hyperbaric medicine and the "Father of Saturation Diving". The film then shows some of the steps taken in the wake of Bond's...
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One of a series of newsreels directed at U.S. troops during the war, this Combat Bulletin consists of various segments. It begins with a reserve airbase on an island in Yugoslavia where damaged American aircraft are being repaired, and emergency landings are being made. Americans are shown meeting with Yugoslavian freedom fighters. At  2:30 , the film shifts to show some of the experimental activities of the USAAF including shatterproof oxygen tanks for aircraft. At  3:20 , a U.S. version of...
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“Analysis Of Bulk Plant Fire” is a black-and-white film created by the American Petroleum Institute circa 1960 and narrated by John A. Ainlay. The film begins with news footage from a 1959 petroleum bulk plant fire in Kansas City, Missouri, and an explanation of events that led up to the fire. (The accidental fire began, we are told at mark  02:58 , as gasoline was being transferred into a tanker. The fire spread to the service station and adjacent tankers.) Six firefighters were killed....
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A 1938 black-and-white picture by American Republic Productions (in cooperation with A&P Food Stores), “Coffee From Brazil to You” takes its viewer from South America to the supermarket. Although coffee comes from most of the countries of Central and South America, Brazil is the greatest producer we’re told beginning at mark  01:08 , especially Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. With that we begin the journey from plantation to consumer and see the central mountain plateaus as they’re...
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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Hosted by filmmaker Burton Holmes and made by him in 1946, HISTORIC NEW ENGLAND shows many of the fascinating sights of New England the beginnings of the USA. Scenes include the stone tower at Newport, Rhode Island, Plymouth Rock, Boston including downtown and its parks, Lexington and Concord, covered bridges, Vermont farms and dairy products, Maine boat builders and sailors, Longfellow's home, Walden Pond, Salem's Witch House, the Mt. Washington Cog Railway, and more. We encourage viewers to...
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“If there is one unchanging theme that runs throughout these separate stories, it is that everything changes but change itself. We live in an age of movement and change, both evolutionary and revolutionary, both good and evil--and in such an age a university has a special obligation to hold fast to the best of the past and move fast to the best of the future.” That statement, delivered by President John F. Kennedy on May 18, 1963, in Nashville at the 90th Anniversary Convocation of...
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This two part film tells the story of Father Augustine Nguyễn Lạc Hóa (c. 1908 – c. 1989), a refugee Chinese Catholic priest in South Vietnam, led a militia called the Sea Swallows that carved out an anticommunist enclave in the Viet Cong's Ca Mau Peninsula stronghold. The "fighting priest" and his "village that refused to die" attracted admiring media stories, and in 1964 he received the Ramon Magsaysay Award in the Public Service category. In January 1961, Edward...
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Created by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1967, this color film touts the preparation and ultimate success of Apollo 5 — which on January 22, 1968, became the first unmanned flight of the Apollo Lunar Module (LM) as the United States continued its plan to land on the moon. it was the final major piece of Apollo hardware to be tested. The film opens with the module resting atop a Saturn 1B launch vehicle. At mark  01:18 , the viewer is told that this very rocket...
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This film made in 1962 shows the Naval Academy Preparatory School or NAPS. NAPS is the preparatory school for the United States Naval Academy and is located on Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. The mission of the Naval Academy Preparatory School is "To enhance Midshipman Candidates' moral, mental, and physical foundations to prepare them for success at the United States Naval Academy". The film shows a more or less typical overview of NAPS, from morning assembly through daytime...
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“A City, Gone to Sea,” is a circa 1972 film discussing the cruise ship Spirit of London. (At the time the vessel was being operated by P&O Cruises). At mark  00:24 , Pulitzer Prize-winning travel writer Stanton Delaplane (who is credited with introducing Irish coffee to the United States) is introduced as the narrator with an explanation that he would be sharing some of the things he saw and wrote about while on a cruise. British cruise ships, Delaplane explains, are all about service,...
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This sepia 1960 film CHALLENGE OF THE OCEANS by the National Academy of Sciences is from a series of reports on Planet Earth. The film begins with brief underwater footage of a woman scuba diving ( 0:06 - 0:10 ). A researcher works with a tide gauge ( 0:11 - 0:27 ). Navy Scientists use nautical equipment to analyze the ocean floor and water samples ( 0:28 -59). A ship navigates in tumultuous waters ( 1:20 - 2:03 ). The camera pans around the 1597 painting “Alexander Is Lowered Into The Sea”...
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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. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This...
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Dating to the 1930s, this silent 16mm film from Germany shows the surface mining of coal using large continuous bucket wheel dredges (:38) or Riesenschaufelradbagger (coal mining machines). At 2;20, the buckets are seen up close scraping the earth continuously off the side of the mine site. At 3:23 the raw material enters a series of conveyer belts where it is moved at high speed and then placed in a large heap at 4:30 . At 9:29 , ore cars loaded with coal are moved to a processing facility and...
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Produced in 1946 for Martin, Black and Company, makers of wire rope, this film is about how steel cables came to existence through the work of ingenious minds. Ingenious minds can thrive and measure; with expert judgment and knowledge they select the best raw material available. The film describes the making of steel ropes for mining cages, excavator work, overhead tram wires, and more in the steel works and rope making premises where strands are bound together. At mark  0:44 , strands of...
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Since 1915, the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina (or simply Parris Island) has trained enlisted personnel. This 1960s Marine Corps “unclassified” film introduces the viewer to Parris Island, and opens at mark  00:32  with a shot of the United States Marine Corps enlisted contract, as the narrator spells out the basic requirements of a Marine. Nervous recruits stand at attention as a Marine captain delivers the oath of enlistment. A smiling master...
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One of a series of films made in support of the Marshall Plan, THE CHANGING FACE OF EUROPE: MEN AND MACHINES shows the industrial reconstruction of the continent following WWII. It was the fourth film in the series. Film historian Linda Christenson wrote of this film, "This survey of Europe's Marshall Plan aided economic recovery therefore seeks to convey a message: Establish harmony between men and machines. To lower costs, more automation and mass production are needed in Both the new...
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"Lifeline for the Wounded" is a story about Vietnam medical care for wounded soldiers. The film dates to 1967. Vietnam was the second major conflict where helicopters were used extensively to evacuate WIA from the front lines (the first being Korea), and with impressive results in terms of survivability. The conflict saw 153,303 wounded Americans.  In Vietnam as almost everywhere, the request for medical assistance usually begins with a phone call as seen at mark  01:16 . Here at...
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Made in the 1940s by the Coffee Promotional Association, "Golden Fragrance" shows the cultivation of coffee plants, the harvesting and sorting of coffee beans, and the processing of the fruit into a commercial product. The film was apparently shot primarily in Brazil. The film includes shots of coffee tasters ( 5:12 ) and the coffee auction ( 6:45 ) where bulk product is sold.  We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by...
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This short promotional film by Pan American is one in a series called New Horizons produced during the 1960s. New Horizons promotes the different destinations Pan American Airlines flies to. This film, The Low Countries: Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, was produced by Henry Strauss Communications and gives viewers a glimpse into the three countries. The film provides footage of rural and urban life, traditional and modern activities, and includes a narration that provides more of an elusive feel...
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Chevrolet’s short film, “Turboglide,” produced by Jam Handy in 1957 or 1958, explains how Chevrolet’s new and innovative Turboglide transmission works. Using animation and featuring the character “Mr. T” (Mr. Transmission), the film shows how the Turboglide eliminates gear shifting altogether and uses three turbines to transfer power to the rear wheels as well as boost acceleration. The Turboglide is a Chevrolet constant torque 3-speed automatic transmission that made its debut as...
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This promotional film for the Bofors SR-375 anti-submarine rocket system dates to the 1960s. The Swedish system was deployed with the Indian Navy in the 1970s. It is a forward throwing rocket launcher which is deployed using sonar. Anti-submarine mortars and rocket launchers are essentially artillery pieces deployed on ships for the purpose of sinking submarines by a direct hit with a small explosive charge. They are often larger versions of the mortar or rocket launchers used by infantry and...
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This 1960s color film about India is one of a series of Air France “Flying Holidays” travelogues directed by Jack Sanger. It opens with an Air France 707 in flight and a view in the cockpit ( 1:00 - 1:13 ). In Calcutta, a traffic officer directs cars as a trolley and double-decker bus pass ( 1:15 - 1:32 ). Chowringhee Street has (Queen) Victoria Memorial Hall ( 1:33 ). The Bay of Bengal serves large ships and small boats ( 1:51 - 2:03 ). The Howrah Bridge spans the Hooghly River ( 2:07 -...
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This 1964 color film on Austria is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues and was produced by Film Services (London) Limited. The soundtrack has beautiful music. It opens with a long shot of a Pan Am Jet Clipper landing before the jet bridge arrives, the Captain opens the door, and passengers deplane at Vienna Airport (:09-:54). People exit a VW Standard Microbus at the Vienna Intercontinental Hotel; the women wear short white gloves and the men are in suits. (:55- 1:10 ). A double...
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This 1960 color film on Japan is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes and produced by Movietonews, Inc. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:06-:21). It opens with shots of the head of the Great Buddha statue in Kamakura (:22), Mount Fuji (:29), Himeji Castle (:34), and cherry trees in blossom (:38). A bird’s eye view of Tokyo is shown and the Pan American Jet Clipper taxis in ( 1:15 - 1:40 ). Western wear is the norm...
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This black and white documentary film from 1949 was produced by Louis de Rochemont Associates, Inc., distributed by United World Films, Inc, directed by John Ferno, and photographed by filmmaker Richard Leacock. It follows the lives of a group of Arab nomads who live with their flocks and herds near the Atlas Mountains in the Sahara Desert in French Morocco. The film opens with the rocky limestone portion of the Sahara and the men around the campfire in the morning (:27- 1:15 ). A man’s...
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This late 1950s / early 1960s color film is an Air France and TAI travelogue about Manureva and Tahiti. It is produced by Les Analyses Cinematographiques and directed by Claude Pinoteau. While waiting at a red light in Los Angeles, a driver in a car turns on the knob for the AM radio. A two-toned Chevy Bel Air passes (:41-:53). Buildings shown are NBC KRCA Television Channel 4 and CBS Television City ( 1:22 - 1:26 ). A billboard advertises the 1959 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer “Ben-Hur” film ( 1:29...
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This U.S. Navy film “Smart Boy” encouraged World War II sailors to be just that — especially when it comes to enjoying shore leave. The film opens with a group of sailors in their off hours as they get ready to go ashore for liberty (or time off) in their enlisted dress blue uniforms. At mark  03:47 , one of the sailors decides to swipe campaign ribbons from a sick crewmate’s jumper. The sailor’s misbehavior continues in town, disrespecting civilians and a junior officer. “The navy...
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Created by the United States Marine Corps, “Objective … Security” is a 20-minute propaganda film covering U.S. Navy security on the Pacific island of Okinawa during World War II. Filmed by Marine combat photographers, the picture opens with Easter Sunday services in 1945, shown at mark  00:30 , as we’re reminded that while the war in Europe seemed to nearing an end, half a world away, in the Pacific Theater, combat continued. On Okinawa, only 400 miles from Japan, more than 100,000...
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Made in 1942, RING OF STEEL is a U.S. Army recruiting film narrated by Hollywood actor Spencer Tracy. The film was produced at the Long Island studio of the Army Signal Corps by Warner Brothers for the U.S. Office for Emergency Management. The film uses stock footage -- much of it pastoral images of old battlefields and monuments -- coupled with Tracy's stirring voice-over narrating the story of America's military history from the perspective of the personification of the American soldier. The...
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One of the TravelTalks series of films made by James A. Fitzpatrick, THE GATEWAY TO INDIA showcases the city of Bombay, India. At mark  0:36  is the city of Bombay, a gateway to India. At mark  0:45  is the gate cell. Bombay is the second largest city in India and one of the chief sea port of the area. It has a mixed population of over a million people practically of every race in the world. At mark  1:14 , is the modern metropolis. At mark  1:15  is the Tile Mahara hotel, the most...
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One of a series of 16mm silent films made by architect Walter Harrington Kilham, Jr., this historic film shows the construction of Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. Kilham also authored a book, "Rockefeller Center: a pictorial record from photographs" published in 1933. Kilham worked directly underneath architect Raymond Hood, the chief designer of Rockefeller Center, and his films document history in the making. This film contains with incredible images of the building of...
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Created by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the months leading up to Pearl Harbor, and through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science's fledgling "Research Council", SAFEGUARDING MILITARY INFORMATION was shown to U.S. troops in early 1942. It features a truncated notice at the head by Major Gen. Dawson Olmstead, who as Chief Signal Officer during the major portion of World War II presided over a momentous buildup of the Signal Corps. With as budget that grew from nine million...
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This 1960s color film advocates the importance of how small airports serve the community. It is a Jack Robinette Production. It opens with a Piper Comanche landing and the control tower and controllers shown (:28-:45). Travelers leave their cars in the parking lot, carry suitcases into the terminal, and board a plane (:48- 1:14 ). Airports serve the community other than passengers. A large container of boxes is unloaded from a plane. Baby chicks are unboxed after shipping ( 1:15 - 1:50 ). The...
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What you're looking at here is a 16mm film shot off of an aircraft carrier's on-board closed circuit television system. The film shows an F-8 Crusader making a landing pass at about :20 seconds, but the plane fails to catch the cable with its hook. The aircraft makes a go-around but apparently there is a problem. The crew then deploys the barrier system so that the aircraft can make an arrested landing, around  3:11  you can see them beginning to set it up. At  5:00  the entire deck crew is...
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Made in late 1944 by the U.S. Army Pictorial Service, "The Liberation of Rome" depicts the successful Allied advance into Rome, freeing it from German control during World War II. The film begins with footage of Allied forces arriving in the city, before flashing back to the beginnings of the campaign that eventually liberated Southern Italy from Axis control.  At  1:37 , the combined Chiefs of Staff are seen planning the campaign after the successful battle for Siciliy. At  2:45 ,...
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This circa 1976 film opens with a montage of world leaders including President Gerald R. Ford, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev as the narrator explains how “peace often seems a respite between wars.” As a result the US must work at being prepared for conflict as “strength is the best deterrent to war.” As a result, the US remains ever vigilant with military bases established around the globe, as well as ships at sea, including aircraft carriers....
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This "confidential" U.S. Navy training film gives an overview of the operation of the air-launched, acoustic homing torpedoes designed for anti-submarine and anti-ship use. The film discusses the difference between active and passive torpedoes, and goes on to describe the operation of the active type torpedoes. At 2:57 the passive Fido acoustic torpedo, also known as the Mine Mark 24, is shown. At 3:18 the Mark 27 Mod 0 acoustic torpedo is shown. USS Chivo (SS-341), a Balao-class...
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Made by Consolidated Vultee to promote the B-36 Peacemaker strategic bomber, this rare Cold War film is dedicated to the 8th and 15th Air Forces of the Strategic Air Command (SAC). As the narrator says, the mission of the aircraft was to serve as a strategic deterrent against the threat of a nuclear sneak attack: "When reason fails, strength prevails. If potential aggressors know that any armed attack will result in immediate retaliation, there may be no attack. Today the target is...
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This silent footage shows the University of Arizona in Tucson as it appeared in 1953. It's possible this footage was used, lecture style, to promote the U of A in this period, or that it was part of a much longer film with sound, or that it was intended for something else. We simply don't know! What we do know is that in the early 2000s, this print was sold as part of a UofA auction. One of the owners of Periscope Film is a Wildcat, and he managed to secure it from the auction winner -- and...
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This historic, silent newsreel was made for the home market (a sound version would have been shown in theaters) shows the victory tour of Allied Supreme Commander Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in the aftermath of V-E Day, May 8, 1945. Ike made a series of triumphant visits to London (57 seconds), Paris ( 1:50 ), Washington, D.C.( 2:27 ) where he was re-united with his wife Mamie, New York ( 4:00 ) including Yankee Stadium ( 6:27 ), West Point ( 6:50 ), Kansas City ( 7:44 ) and finally ( 8:58 ) on...
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Made in 1968 as American servicemen fought in Vietnam, LSD: TRIP TO WHERE? highlights the dangers of the hallucinogenic drug LSD. Widely shown to U.S. military personnel (including those stationed in Vietnam), the film was supplemented with a brochure for "Operation Janus", a brigade-level amnesty and treatment program aimed at helping soldiers, airmen and sailors with marijuana, heroin and other substance abuse problems. In this film Bill, a sailor on leave, takes acid and is so...
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Made by Castle Films, "Land of the Pyramids" shows views of Egypt and Cairo as it appeared in the 1940s when it was a "shining example of 20th Century progress." The film opens with a stunning image -- a modern airliner flying past the Great Pyramid. At  1:00  modern Cairo is shown with its train station. A long camel train brings goods into the city. At  1:40  there are street scenes in Cairo, and a policeman directs traffic. At  1:50  the entrance and interior scenes...
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Made by Victor and Ellen Landweber, this film was made just before the moment that home computing became widespread. The film is filled with imagery of early computers, and also presents the concept of the "counting machine" starting with the abacus and moving through history to the mechanical computer ( 1:50 ). Charles Babbage's counting machine is shown at 2:12 . At 2:32 , integrated circuits are presented and electronic circuits described. Basic concepts such as Input, Storage,...
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FALLEN EAGLE is a 1950s short film produced in cooperation with the U.S. Office of Indian Affairs and the Department of Parks. It was written and directed by Alan Shilin. The film is sponsored by the P. Lorillard Company, makers of Old Gold Cigarettes. A Sioux wearing an eagle-feather headdress sits on a horse (:58). In the 1860s, the Sioux were migratory, following the buffalo as it roamed across Minnesota to the western mountains ( 1:58 ). Belongings were transported by a horse pulling a...
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The 1979 short film Victory at Yorktown, narrated by William Conrad, features the reenactment of British troops surrendering to American and French forces on 19 October 1781 at Yorktown, Virginia’s Surrender Field, an event that spurred negotiations to end hostilities and end the American Revolutionary War. The film only depicts the surrender of British forces, as British troops march to Surrender Field ( 00:10 ), American and French soldiers lining the road. Hessian mercenaries march with...
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This episode of the “Yesterday’s Newsreel” — an early TV show that used footage from the defunct General News library — offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode opens with “The Japanese-Chinese War” of the 1930s (mark  00:32 ) and scenes of combat footage and a look of Japanese advancement including one on the Great Wall of China (mark ...
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This black and white film is in French and highlights Vichy France. The hair and clothing cross 1930s/1940s styles but with no mention of war, it either predates WWII or was propaganda that everything was fine during it. Vichy was and is still a spa and resort city in the Allier department of Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes in central France. In WWII, it served as the seat of government of Vichy France from 1940 to 1944 as a “Free Zone” while Germany occupied the other zones. It remains a park-garden...
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Made in the late 1930s or early 1940s, this silent film shows some of the early history of the parachute, including its use at :40 as a novelty act as part of a circus or fair. A modern parachute is seen at  1:00 , "packed by government licensed experts." At  2:55  the rip cord is shown. At  3:00 , a "pull off" jump is made from a biplane with the chute inflating in the air stream after the rip cord is pulled. At  3:20 , free jumps from aircraft are shown. At  4:00 ,...
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Made by the obscure Victor Espee Film Production company, this wonderful color film shows the London Victory Celebrations of 1946, also known as the Great "V' Day Parade. These were British Commonwealth, Empire and Allied victory celebrations held after the defeat of Nazi Germany and Japan in World War II. Attended by Queen Elizabeth and members of the royal family, the celebrations took place in London on 8 June 1946, and consisted mainly of a military parade through the city and a night...
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Made in the 1980s during the last gasp of the Soviet Union, this English-language promotional film showcases Ukraine, the Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Odessa, and the Donetz Basin, with its mining and agricultural based industries. The city is described in the film as being one of the cleanest in the Soviet Union, and many glowing images abound in the movie of content citizenry and pastoral scenes. At  2:20 , a ship is seen on a Young Pioneers cruise from Crimea. At  3:00 , some of the...
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Made by veteran animated John Sutherland for the General Electric Company, A IS FOR ATOM presents fundamentals of atomic structure, and looks at the potential peaceful uses of the atom. It dates to 1953. The short explains what an atom is, how nuclear energy is released from certain kinds of atoms, the peacetime uses of nuclear power, and the by-products of nuclear fission. It is Sutherland's most-decorated film, having won numerous honors at film festivals. In 1964, A is for Atom was...
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Primary Flight Training: Race Track Patterns, Part I (MN-3474j) is a short U.S. Navy training film from 1945 that discusses how to do a 90-degree power-off approach, which in its complete form mirrors a racetrack pattern, hence the name. The film features footage of a Navy N2S Stearman flying the pattern and uses graphics to illustrate the concepts and issues new pilots will need to understand to perform the maneuvers required to successfully complete the flight pattern. The film opens with an...
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THIS IS CANADA is a promotional tourism film produced by the Canadian National Railroad, highlighting the cities, sights, and incredible natural landscapes of Canada. In this portion, three people give their perspective on the country. The first person is an avid fisherman. The film begins with a shot of someone fly fishing on a lake with majestic mountains in the background ( 00:17 ), as the man talks about Canada’s incredible fishing. This is followed by scenic footage of British Columbia (...
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This Spanish dubbed industrial film shows the Canadian asbestos mining industry and in particular the open pit mine at Thetford, Quebec. Today the mine is closed, although the open pit remains today near the town of Thetford Mines. Sad to say, most if not all of the men shown in this film working with asbestos likely died of Metothelioma as a result of their exposure. In 1876 large deposits of asbestos were discovered in Quebec. It quickly became one of the largest asbestos producing regions in...
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One of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels" -- an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection, features seven segments of historic highlights. The first segment “America’s Idol” (:29) looks at Babe Ruth, at the plate in 1914 and two years later pitching for Boston (:38- 1:01 ). In Chicago, he bats for War Bonds ( 1:06 ). Ruth is featured with his daughter on his farm in Sudbury, Massachusetts. He chops wood to keep in shape as an outfielder in 1920 for the...
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This is a collection of seven short black and white segments copyrighted in 1961. Not a formal TV show, these short Ripley’s Believe It or Not segments were shown as interstitials on TV stations, filling up time left in the program schedule. It seems likely the date of their production was actually 1949-1950, an earlier era of television when short form TV shows were more common. These shows were directed by Ray Kellogg, and a Sceptre Production. Thomas Edison’s Secret features Edison’s...
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This episode of “Yesterday’s Newsreel” is of from an early television series that drew on the holdings of the defunct General Newsreel Company. The first section is “1917-1938 Russia” the rise of the Reds. In March of 1917, the Romanov reign ends (:40) and the new Soviet is about to come into prominence with Nikolai Lenin ( 1:05 ). Kerensky's war policy was met with opposition as Lenin arrives from Switzerland ( 1:29 ). As turmoil brews, 80,000 Bolshevik party members turn out to...
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This black and white silent film “The World of Oil” was presented by Esso and is in segments. Tanker Fleet Grows (:24). Esso began its post-war fleet rebuilding program in 1940, which was the first year the Esso name was used as the first word in the ship’s name. Shown are one of the tankers being christened and released (:26- 1:15 ). The Maracaibo tanker Esso San Joaquin was built in 1943 but sank in January of 1960 ( 1:16 - 1:30 ). Sailors clean the ship ( 1:33 - 1:50 ). The radar turns...
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Produced by British Airways Film Unit, the 1976 TRANSATLANTIC SUPERSONIC is a promotional film for British Airways’ commercial transatlantic flights on the supersonic Concorde jet. The film follows several men and one woman as they depart various locations (Germany, Bahrain, Scotland, and Paris) to travel to the U.S. via Heathrow Airport. The use of British Airways’ supersonic Concorde jet allows these passengers to cross the Atlantic in just over 3.5 hours. The Concorde lands ( 02:25 ) in...
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Produced in 1945 by Jam Handy, "The Naval Gun At Iwo Jima" is a sister film to "The Naval Gun at Okinawa". This film details the important role Navy guns played in assaulting Japanese forces that were dug into caves on the island. It also shows the close support of Marines during the long assault. Naval gunfire at Iwo Jima was critical, the film explains, due to the fact that low visibility limited air operations. The film details the role played by battleships, cruisers,...
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Dating to 1965 and produced by Communications Satellite Corp., or COMSAT, "Live Via Early Bird" is a fascinating film about the assembly and launch by NASA of the Early Bird communications satellite. Intelsat I (nicknamed Early Bird for the proverb "The early bird catches the worm") was the first commercial communications satellite to be placed in geosynchronous orbit, on April 6, 1965. It was built by the Space and Communications Group of Hughes Aircraft Company (later...
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The Strategic Air Command, a WWII agency dedicated to organizing the U.S. nuclear defense systems, released this video around 1960 in order to inform the American Congress about a new communications system that cut down on reaction time to potential threats. The documentary describes the development and utility of the 465L computer system and why the effort is necessary for the Cold War effort. The 465L was one of the largest, most advanced computer systems developed during the time period, and...
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The scroll at the start of this 28-minute U.S. Navy film informs the viewer that part of the mission of the United States Navy is to “maintain the Polaris Missile System as a major instrument in the preservation of world peace.” So starts our journey “Around the World of Polaris” and an examination of nuclear ballistic missiles, their submarines that were in place during the Cold War, and their various ports of call in the late 1960s. Actor and announcer Ed Reimers, who appeared in a...
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Produced by United Artists, “The World in Action” is a World War II-era newsreel that reminds viewers “New Soldiers Are Tough.” The newsreel opens with footage from December 1941, “as the wail of a banshee heralds a new chapter of total war.” Scenes of Japanese bombs falling on Manilla, Rangoon, and Mandalay are quickly followed with scenes of the devastation that followed, as lifeless bodies lay strewn amongst the rubble and crying family members cradle the dead and dying. The...
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An episode of the 1950s Ford Television Theater, BENEATH THESE WATERS stars then-actor Ronald Reagan. The film tells the story of the fictional USS Barksdale, which is put in harms way during the early days of WWII. The incident portrayed in the film was based upon a real incident but obviously heavily dramatized. Plot: After surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor, Lt. Comdr. William Masterson takes over command as the captain falls ill with appendicitis. While in charge, Masterson allows the...
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This short film by the United States Navy OPERATION SUNSHINE is narrated by Edward R. Murrow. It covers the successful secret mission of Operation Sunshine, code name for the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) voyage from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean via the North Pole. It opens with footage of the canopy of ice that covers the Arctic Ocean (:13). A dog sled team crosses the frozen tundra (:36) and an ice breaker ship tries unsuccessfully to plow through the mass (:43). The USS Nautilus crosses...
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Released commercially by Kodak in 1928, this silent film shows the American Legion Parade in Paris in September, 1927. The film shows some of the 20,000+ Americans who visited France in that year, the 9th anniversary of the end of WWI.Calling themselves the “Second American Expeditionary Force,” they attended the American Legion’s 9th National Convention in the City of Lights. Gen. John J. Pershing accompanied National Commander Howard P. Savage on the voyage on board the steamship...
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This rare Convair promotional film details the testing and development of the Lobber, a surface-to-surface cargo missile developed during the mid 1950s for use by the United States Army. Intended to deliver supplies to troops in combat, it was successfully tested, but for various reasons failed to go into production. The history of this missile is interesting, Inspired by the use of artillery shells to resupply surrounded troops during the Battle of the Bulge (and probably also by air-dropped...
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This German promotional film for the Vought Aeronautics Corsair II likely dates from the 1970s, when the German Luftwaffe began exploring the possibility of using the A-7. The F-104G Starfighter then in use by the Luftwaffe suffered from a high accident rate, and was not considered a good Marine aircraft. The success of the A7 in Vietnam made the airplane very attractive, but while the Luftwaffe considered using the A-7 Corsair II to replace the F-104, it was eventually abandoned as a concept....
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Intended to justify the U.S. presence in Vietnam, GUARDIANS AT THE GATE presents an overview of the war, framed by the words of President Lyndon Johnson. The films opens with footage of bombs exploding in Vietnam (:28). This war, we are informed was created by North Vietnam and spurred by Communism (:46) as the mission was to conquer South Vietnam. The prime minister of the North, Ho Chi Minh, is shown in 1954 at his headquarters ( 1:05 ). For seven years, he had fought against the French (...
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Dating to the dark days of the Blitz in WWII, and apparently shot on a real location near Trafalgar Square, this Ministry of Home Security film TEAM TRAINING OF RESCUE PARTIES shows how debris can be safely moved, so as to rescue victims of an air raid from collapsed structures. The film shows a rescue party arriving at the scene of a damaged building, with the leader making a strategic assessment of the integrity of the structure and coming up with a plan of action before beginning work. In...
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POLARIS BLUE AND GOLD (MN-9756) is a 1962 Navy recruiting film showing the responsibilities aboard the USS George Washington, the nation’s first ballistic missile (FBM) submarine, featuring the newest naval weapon, the Polaris fleet ballistic missile. The film begins with an underwater launch of a Polaris missile ( 00:38 ). The crew aboard the FBM submarine engages in a dive maneuver ( 01:35 ). These submarines have a crew of 100 men and 12 officers. Every officer has the technical and...
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