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Cinegraph short of trip to Hawaii in the 1920s. 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. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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When President John F. Kennedy visited the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise (CVN-65) on April 14, 1962,, he used the occasion to promote a strengthened U.S. Navy, one whose indomitable force would help preserve the peace. He then watched naval wargames that included some of the most cutting-edge weaponry of the day, including missiles, rockets, and supersonic aircraft. Sadly, Kennedy would be assassinated just a short time after this film record of the exercise was released, and it was...
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This U.S. Army film celebrates the history of the 6th Infantry Division. The 6th Infantry Division was a unit of the United States Army in World War I, World War II, and the last years of the Cold War. Known as "Red Star", and formerly called the "Sight Seein' Sixth". In WWI, The 6th Division saw combat in the Geradmer sector, Vosgee, France, 3 September – 18 October 1918, and during the Meuse-Argonne offensive from 1–11 November 1918. Separately the 11th Field Artillery...
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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds (USAF Air Demonstration Squadron) are the topic of this McDonnell Douglas promotional film. Titled “Once a Thunderbird…” the color film dates from the early 1970s and opens with scenic views of the Western United States when we come upon a decorated U.S. Air Force captain, who reminds us: “For a hundred centuries, before the white man set foot on the craggy rocks of New England, these vast reaches were peopled by the Red Man … Like all men they feared...
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This terrific vintage tour of Florida and Miami Beach features 1950s views that are full of nostalgia.  Seen in this film is Lincoln Road, the Americana Hotel (The Sheraton Bal Harbour), Hialeah Park Race Track, a tourist attraction known as Parrot Jungle, a reptile farm, and the famed Marine Studios -- where the dolphin Flipper performed (now known as Marineland).   Marineland of Florida (usually just called Marineland), one of Florida's first marine mammal parks, is billed as "the...
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This 1940 black-and-white military restricted training film 1-135 produced by The Signal Corps explores aircraft engines. Part 1 Types, Mechanism, and Oiling System. The aircraft internal combustion engine is explained using an animated diagram showing the four-stroke performance cycle of intake, compression, combustion and expansion, and exhaust. A cutaway shows the process in action (:30-2:48). An air-cooled engine with fins and a liquid-cooled engine are diagrammed and explained (2:49-3:10)....
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This short 1952 travelogue, presented by Standard Oil Company and produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc., follows a road trip though the American Midwest by a Chicago reporter back from assignment in Europe. The film opens with a shot of a street and buildings in Chicago, IL, followed by the door to the Editorial Office of a newspaper. The reporter, Dale Bennett, returns from vacation an meets with his editor to discuss his vacation. Bennett drives his station wagon down a highway...
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This is a 1953, black and white movie presented by Circle Film. It is called, Bangkok - Golden Temple Paradise. Produced and written by Sam Waagenaar. Narrated by James Wellard with recording by Western Electric. The movie is about Bangkok and its temples. The movie opens with electric trolley cars in Bangkok and the narrator speaking, introducing himself as the “Bangkok Streetcar”, 00:45. Monkeys climb on boats in the harbor, 1:40. Merchants ply their wares in the streets, 1:50. Thai...
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How to get along in France (AFIF no. 40) is a 1953 Armed Forces Information film used to educate U.S. servicemen about to be stationed in France on French people, politics, customs, social and family life. The film opens with a shot of the Statue of Liberty (00:24), followed by a shot of New York City from across the harbor (00:33). Soldiers board a ship (00:55) as the narrator discusses the threat of communism and the Soviet Union to the “free world.” NATO troops march at headquarters just...
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Part II features a drastic cut in army air service; keen interest of mitchell, brereton and arnold in air power; first air mail flight by ex-army pilots; skill of hawkes' dare devils; study of aerial photography; improvements in parachutes; training of aviation cadets; and famous bomb run of general mitchell. 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...
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Pattern for Survival opens with a museum guide leading a wheel chair bound youth through a weapons display. (00:00:55:00) The purpose of this tour? To explain how mankind frequently creates frightening weapons which they struggle to understand.  Such is the dilemma created by atomic bombs, manifested in the film as a mushroom cloud erupts across the screen. (00:02:15:00) As one of the earliest civil defense productions, Pattern for Survival enjoyed a wide distribution, delivering massive...
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The 1943 Navy training film (MN-84b) Fundamental Fixed Gunnery Approaches is part of a series known as the “Fixed Gunnery and Fighter Tactics” series used to enhance in-classroom learning of Navy pilots. Fundamental Fixed Gunnery Approaches primarily uses graphics and models to demonstrate the various approaches for fixed gunnery, though it does include some actual video footage of planes flying the maneuvers ( 13:08 ; 14:58 ; 24:18 ; 26:10 ; 30:37 ). An instructor discusses flying...
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This 1970s color film is a long advertisement for the Boeing United Airlines 747. “Those United Men and Their Flying Machine” is a play on words of the 1965 film Those Magnificent Men in the Flying Machines, whose theme song by the same name is played throughout this film. It opens with a stuffed Peanuts Snoopy dog sitting on a doghouse in a field, which begins flying after the Red Baron in a biplane (:25-2:33). A United Airlines Boeing 747 flies into view and then back to Snoopy flying on...
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"The Black Soldier". 
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This film, made in 1957 by the United States Army, details the Army Missile Program, specifically Surface to Air Missiles such as the Nike Ajax , Nike Hercules , Hawk , Honest John , Corporal , Dart , Little John , Lacrosse , and Redstone. 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. For more information visit...
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Attention! A new higher qualtiy version of this video is now available at: http://youtu.be/sq30H4zv_Pg From the 1930s, this film looks at the development of transportation from the days when the camel and horse were the fastest modes of travel up to the present days of the zeppelin, airplane and Zephyr train. Traces the history of steam from the days of Robert Fulton's steamboat, and the development of the gasoline engine from the days of the horseless carriage to the present day. This film is...
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Flying Soldiers is a 1958 U.S. Army film (M.F. 46-8998) that promotes the new tactical air capabilities of Army aviation through developing helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft and the tactical abilities that accompany that development. The highlight of the film is a demonstration of the air mobilization of the infantry. The film begins with footage from the point of view of a helicopter flying over a river. The film mentions the evolution of the U.S. Army’s mobility, and features a scene of...
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Created by Theodore Andrica and narrated by him, THE PLIGHT OF EUROPE is an emotional, and disturbing portrait of post-WWII Europe that focuses on the work and food shortages of post-war Holland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Italy, and Germany. The camera pans a Holland windmill. A mother and group of girls wear traditional dark dresses, white half aprons, and Dutch caps (:25- 1:20 ). Women push prams ( 1:47 ). Men hold herrings by the tail and take bites ( 1:59 ). Bicyclists ride by ( 2:34 - 2:50...
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In June of 1963, President John F. Kennedy embarked on a visit to five Western European nations for the purpose of spreading good will and building unity among America's allies. His first stop was West Germany. President Kennedy arrived in West Berlin on June 26, 1963, following appearances in Bonn, Cologne and Frankfurt, where he had given speeches to huge, wildly cheering crowds. In Berlin, an immense crowd gathered in the Rudolph Wilde Platz near the Berlin Wall to listen to the President...
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This beautiful 1940s color film NEW JERSEY JOURNEY was produced by John Bransby Productions for the Esso Standard Oil Company at a time when the state's future seemed bright and limitless. The New Jersey of this era was a state on the move. It has shipyards (1:36), industrial areas (1:38), oil refineries (1:40), trunk line railroads (1:45), manufacturers (1:52), commuter trains (1:58), shipping (2:01), trucking (2:07), the Newark Airport (2:11), aerial skyways (2:21) of the New Jersey Turnpike,...
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Dating to the 1950s, this U.S. Navy film USING THE STANDARD DEEP SEA DIVING OUFIT gives an explanation of the hard hat diving suit, and shows how it is used in Navy operations. The diver's crewmen are shown, including the diving officer, diving tender and backup tender, as well as the phone talker. A time keeper or diving supervisor is also shown, as well as an engineer who forces air to the diver below. Finally, a standby diver is shown, fully dressed except for his helmet, ready to assist or...
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This is a short version of the film “Television Serves its Community”, a 1960 educational documentary revealing how television programs are prepared for transmission to the homes of a community.  The film follows the production of three programs at KTLA in Los Angeles as they are planned, rehearsed, and televised. In addition to showing how television programs are prepared for transmission to the homes of a community, it also shows the use of live cameras, film, magnetic tape, and remote...
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The Warner Brothers film depicts John Litel as Patrick Henry as he makes an argument for colonial independence to the Second Virginia Convention on March 23rd, 1775 at St. Johns Church in Richmond, Virginia. It won the Academy Award for best short subject in 1937. The second segment of the film is an excerpt from the 1937 Vitaphone film titled “Romance of Louisiana”. A tax poster from the British Parliament is seen (:09) on a building with men inside debating the mobilization of Virginia...
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This color film provides footage of the January 1958 military tour of Southeast Asia by General I.D. White for the Military Assistance Advisory program in the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Calls were made at Navy forces in Marianas, Philippines, and Guam, and British commanders in Singapore and Hong Kong. The General and his staff leave Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii in a 1940s Cadillac. Shown are the Lockheed Constellation and its cockpit (:45-3:07).  The Constellation...
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Originally created by National Educational Television in the early 1960s or late 1950s, this episode of "The American Business System" takes a look at the flow of cash in the business system and financial management. At the same time the film provides fascinating insights into the history of the NCR Corporation and shows some of its factory in Dayton, Ohio in the late 1950s. The film is hosted by Jack Winn and shot in Dayton, Ohio, home to the National Cash Register company at that...
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This 1962 color film is an educational travelogue about various African areas and groups. It was produced by United World Films and photographed by Ronold (note: this is the film’s spelling) E. Shanin. The focus of this film is to educate viewers on the diverse African environment. The film begins with Victoria Falls in the Zambezi River, which doubles as the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe in South-Central Africa (0:17-0:32). Flamingos eat as hippos and elephants run in the water...
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This is a 1940’s era, black and white movie made by RKO Radio Pictures entitled "The Ramparts We Watch".  It features a script by Robert L. Richards and Cedric R. Worth and was produced and directed by Louis de Rochemont. The film (made just before the entry of the USA into WWII) draws parallels between the First World War and the Second. The story told in this film is that of America during the years 1914-18, as reflected in the lives of various people in a small American city. In...
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This Kodachrome home movie likely dates from 1960, and begins with shots along the beach -- with the Los Angeles Railway freight railroad line running along the shore. Starting around the 00:01:31:00 mark is rare color footage of the Angels Flight funicular railway, followed at 00:04:40:00 by shots at a pet cemetery. Shots of Olivera Street in downtown begin at about the 00:07:28:00 mark, City Hall at 00:09:58:00, and the Watts Towers at 00:10:41:00 This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features four segments of historic highlights. Marines Help Haiti 1915-1920. Port-Au-Prince Haiti is shown in 1915. The streets of the marketplace are crowded with people. An American flag is raised by U.S. Marines. A band marches. The Marines practice drills with guns, play horseshoes, and box. Lines of hungry people are fed. President...
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This black and white 1950s instructional film, “The Arthur Murray Steps in the Bolero,” breaks down the components for this dance. Arthur Murray was an American ballroom dancer and businessman who began teaching dance in 1912 and opened the first official franchised school named after him in 1938. The film is a Coleman Production and supervised by Lee Lawless, a regular performer on The Arthur Murray Party television show (1950-1960) and owner of multiple Arthur Murray Dance Studios. The...
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Deals with the tradition, excellence, and flying and technical skills of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. Tells requirements of a Thunderbird and gives a closeup look at their precision aerial formations. 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. For more information visit...
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One of a series of incentive films made “exclusively for the men and women of American industry,” this mid-1944 official US War Department film, produced by the US Army Signal Corps with the cooperation of combat film units of the Marines, Army Air Forces , and Navy, is the sixth issue of the “Film Communique” series. The black-and-white film opens with an animated scene of a wounded soldier surrounded by the Japanese, and the proclamation “This isn’t war … it’s murder!” ...
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This is a training film for the US Army which will take a detailed look at the Quartermaster’s position and what his responsibilities are. These are military officers responsible for providing quarters, rations, clothing, and other supplies. The film opens with a shot of a Sergeant and his family in a US Army housing development stationed in Germany (:09). All personnel, including dependents, are the Quartermaster’s responsibility (:25) though most soldiers did not have their families with...
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Part 2 begins, no credits. Pilots are ready to go and then board their planes. F-105s are taxiing and in line, ready for takeoff. Pilots in the cockpits adjust their helmets (:09- 2:03). F-105s take off. Other soldiers watch. F-105 races down the airstrip and into the sky (2:04-3:45). F-105 ready for takeoff. F-105s in formation in the sky. Air crew sit on the ground below and wait. Pilots fly and radio one another. Base monitors what's going on. Their target can be seen through the clouds...
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The Navy Log TV show presented some of the great stories in the history of the 20th Century U.S. Navy, including survival and war stories.  The series premiered on CBS on September 20, 1955, but moved to ABC in 1956, where it aired until September 25, 1958. The program aired for a total of three seasons and 104 episodes. Dating from season one in 1955, this Korean War episode of Navy Log is entitled "Of Caution and Courage." It stars Walter Sande as Robbie and Joseph Downing as...
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This early 1950s color documentary “Lifeline” is a long advertisement for Plymouth Cordage Company. It is a George F. Foley Production and narrated by Thomas Mitchell (best known as Scarlett O’Hara’s father). A lumberjack holds his hand to his mouth; a tree top falls (1:50-2:20). A Plymouth machine ties bundles of newspapers printed on high-speed presses (2:21-3:13). A farmer uses binder twine to bind bundles of wheat collected in the field (4:31-4:42). A cowboy uses a lariat to rope a...
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Shot by an American tourist, this color home movie shows a trip to Austria, Bavaria and Germany circa the mid-1950s to early 1960s.  Opening:  A tall church-like structure with rotating figurines (:08). Title card: The Austrian Tyrol, The Castle of Hohenschwangan, belonging to Maximillian II, father of Ludwig II (:59). Castle on a hillside (1:04). Neuschwanstein, stands 3306 feet above sea level, Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the...
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This wonderful home movie shows social activities of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. We have reason to believe this was the Berkeley, California (U.C. Berkeley) chapter. The film is in several sections, including a formal dance social at the start, and then at about the 3 minute mark, a games night. Some fun drinking games are seen and things escalate when a bunch of sorority sisters join the house at about 6:30. The beer flows quite freely!  Aside from a lot of rowdy drunks, it's mostly...
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This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie presented by Columbia Pictures. It features commentary by Bill Stern, photography by Jack Etra and has music by Jack Shaindlin, Jose Pierri, Sapere, and Gerardo Grasso. It is called, Gauchos Down Uruguay Way. It was produced and Directed by Harry Foster. The movie opens with a gaucho atop a burro, :25. Sheep in a large her on the open grassland. Uruguayan cows are shown, 1:00. Horses cross a river, 1:05. Rancho San Pedro, 1:38. The artist Enrique...
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Lighthouses and Lightships (MN-202aa) is a short 1944 U.S. Navy training film that is part of the Aids To Navigation series. The purpose of the series “is to acquaint those who are beginners in study of the science of navigation with the basic principles underlying the markings of our coastal and inland waterways.” This film discusses how to identify lighthouses and lightships, using a combination of actual footage and artistic renderings (in some cases overlaying the two). The film opens...
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This color silent home movie shows a visit to Hawaii in the 1960s. Opening: people wave as they exit an Aloha Airlines "Funbird" airplane after landing in West Maui, Hawaii (:12). Flowers of Hawaii (:25). Iao Needle sign (:37). Mountains (:42). A couple holds a dish that contains a pineapple; they open the pineapple and taste the core ( 1:07 ). Puhimau Crater sign ( 1:42 ). Flowers of Hawaii ( 2:00 ). A sign for Pumice ( 2:12 ). A sign for Keanakakoi ( 2:37 ). Smoke rises from the...
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Made by the Yosemite Park and Curry Company to promote tourism at Yosemite, this silent film dates to the late 1920s and features the "new Hotel Ahwanee". (The Ahwanee (now the Majestic) opened in 1927.) The movie features various views of the park starting with Arch Rock Ranger Station at :30, and shows Cascade Falls ( 1:29 ), El Capitan ( 2:30 ), the mirror pools ( 3:40 ), elk in the park ( 6:00 ), Camp Curry ( 7:00 -- now known as Half Dome Village) including the swimming pool (...
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Released in 1944 by Warner Brothers in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, "Task Force" is a Technicolor short film narrated by Jackson Beck. The film focuses around Coast Guard "Task Force" duty. Besides operational glimpses, the viewer is treated to a snapshot of the life of a Coast Guardsman on and off duty. While the film contains much documentary-style footage, some sections of the film are re-enactments and the scenario presented (in which the USCG battles a German...
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Made for publicity purposes in 1967, this short film (sorry about the wobbly soundtrack) dramatically shows the assembly of the Saturn V rocket that was launched for the Apollo 4 mission, and the mission itself.  Apollo 4, (also known as AS-501), was the first, unmanned test flight of the Saturn V launch vehicle, which was used by the U.S. Apollo program to send the first astronauts to the Moon. The space vehicle was assembled in the Vehicle Assembly Building, and was the first to be launched...
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A training film for wounded navy personnel, to promote and educate them about physical and occupational therapy treatments for their war wounds. Shows wounded Navy personnel receiving various types of therapy, in hospital settings.
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This Royal Army training film "Provision and Replenishment of Petrol in the Field" examines the logistics, movement and delivery of gasoline. The film is part two of a two part film, but unfortunately we have been unable to locate the first half of the film.  At 1:03 a fuel tank is shown full, which is how all vehicles should be in the morning. At 1:24, the division's petrol unit is shown bivouacked. At 1:43, canisters of oil and petrol / gas are shown in a lorry or truck. The trucks...
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While the opening title proclaims "This is America", this film is actually the first half a 1960s documentary called "The Secrets of St. Louis" (the "This is America" title was apparently spliced on by a previous owner; we don't have the second half of the film). This documentary reveals "secret" locations around St. Louis, Missouri such as Lafayette Park, Soulard Market and Calvary and Bellefontaine Cemeteries.  Many places that no longer exist are...
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This black & white home silent movie film shows soldiers in 1936. They are seen at their bae camp, setting up in another area, and on the move.  Opening: Military planes in the sky (:09). A flag waves at base camp, it reads 125 HZ (:46). Servicemen fool around for the camera; they smile, laugh, and goof around (:51). A soldier smoking a cigarette walks towards the camera (1:46). Smoke surrounds men near raised tents (1:59). Men on the field; two men play fight (2:30). Soldiers rest on the...
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Produced in the 1980s, this profile of the Taylor Wine Company shows the corporation at the height of its influence. The film recounts the start of the company, which began in 1880 by Walter Stephen Taylor, a cooper's son who started a commercial grape juice company in New York s Finger Lakes region. Two years later, wine production was added, and by the 1920s, the Taylor Wine Company was firmly established. Walter Taylor's three sons carefully guided the company through Prohibition and beyond,...
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This silent, raw footage shows the December 10th, 1954 human factors experiment involving Col. John Paul Stapp, who rode a rocket sled called the Sonic Wind at speeds up to 632 miles per hour at Holloman, New Mexico. This set a ground speed record and put Stapp into the books as "Fastest Man on Earth". The film starts with footage of Stapp being strapped into the sled and telemetry belts being affixed to his helmet and person. At 4:00, the Northrop Aircraft crew in the blockhouse...
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“Dude Ranch Sports” is a 1953 episode from The World Of Sports series, directed by Harry Foster and narrated by Bill Stern, that takes viewers on a quick tour of a working dude ranch resort in Arizona. The episode opens with a shot of a TWA Constellation arriving at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor airport. A TWA plane taxis on the runway, and then its passengers climb off the plane. A handful of the passengers climb into a stage coach outside the airport (01:14), which takes them to the resort dude...
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These 1940s home movies were shot during a 4-H Convention held at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Starting around the 3:30 minute mark is rare footage of the set of the movie Arizona, and what later became known as Old Tucson Studios. At this time the only attraction there was what you see…adobe huts, old wagons, and the old "mission." We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something...
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Here are two films produced by Chevrolet in 1974-1975. The first, "Lasting Value", was intended to be used as both a sales promotion tool, and a training film for salesmen. The movie emphasizes the value you get when buying a Chevrolet truck. (Some of the subtext of the film is doubtless the gas crunch, which hit the American consumer hard in this era.) The second film "1975 Chevy Pickups Lasting Value" starts at 9:30 . The movie opens with A. T. Olson, an assistant general...
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Harbor Pilot is a short film from 1967 that gives viewers a brief look at what a harbor pilot is and does. The film opens with footage of a sailboat sailing at sea, followed by a shot of a rocky coastline (01:10) and then an aerial view of a modern harbor — the Port of Los Angeles. A large freight ship, SS Gemstone, is out at sea. A harbor pilot stands on land at the Port of Los Angeles, looking out over the harbor. He walks into the pilot station at the entrance to the harbor to check the...
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. 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. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. 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. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This film depicts Galilee; a mountainous region in northern Israel known for the Sea of Galilee where tradition states Jesus walked on water here. It shows the area in the mid to late 1950’s pointing to specific religious landmarks and their significance. It was presented by Films of the Nations (:09) with Peter Allen as the narrator (:29). The film was produced by Maurice Broen (:34). It opens with a shot of Galilee (:55). The film addresses Galilee to be in Palestine as it had been...
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A survival film made during the Cold War, this film attempts to give practical advice to airmen who find themselves stranded in the "desert without sand" -- the arctic tundra. As the U.S. military began seeing the polar regions as a potential battleground with the Soviet Union, more and more flights were made into these regions, and the need for films like this one greatly increased. In this film the crew of a C-119 Flying Boxcar bails out and must survive in trying circumstances....
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This film examines the duties of an FBI employee: record keeping, fingerprint operations, lab operations, and training for field agents. 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. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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Dating to 1945, CONQUEST OF THE NIGHT shows the uses of one of the Allies' great weapons developments -- radar.  Here the technology is used at sea to locate and destroy a Japanese ship.  The combat information center aboard the American ship relays facts derived by radar on the range, speed, direction, etc., of the target, in total darkness. The U.S. ship fires its torpedoes. As the torpedoes hit, the ship fires a salvo. Radar shows the salvo to be too long; the range is corrected and the...
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A Canadian-born, Boston-raised paratroop sergeant in World War II, Harold Russell lost both hands in a demolition accident and later appeared in this Army Signal Corps documentary in which he acted out the various phases of the rehabilitation process of an amputee. Director William Wyler saw the film while preparing "The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)" and cast Russell as the film's disabled returning veteran. For his performance in The Best Years of Our Lives, Russell won both the...
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Take-Offs and Landings Part 2: The Landing (TF 1-3319) is a 1944 War Department training film that reviews landing procedures using a Vultee BT-13 Valiant. The film covers such topics as traffic patterns, key landing factors such as wind and drift, cross-wind landings, power landings, and reviews common errors made during landing. The film opens with an aerial shot of an airfield (00:43). Trainees share their definition of “landing” with their training officer (01:28). The officer explains...
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Dating to 1974 when the International Military Sport Council's parachute competition was held at Ft. Bragg, Kentucky, this U.S. Army shows contestants from 15 nations, including Vietnam. Members of the famed 82nd Airborne Division hosted the event. At 3:46 U.S. Army Huey helicopters are used to make jumps. At 6:51 individual awards are given to the top three participants. The team from the USA won the overall first place team trophy that year (7:50).  Parachuting, or skydiving, is the action...
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Made during the Nixon Administration, this film shows the review of the U.S. Navy and the Atlantic Fleet by President Richard M. Nixon. The film begins with images of the President awarding the Congressional Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C. The date was May 17, 1969 and the event was Armed Forces Day. The recipients of the Medal of Honor were CWO Frederick E. Ferguson and Sp4c. Thomas J. Kinsman. Nixon states that, "This is Armed Forces Day, and all over...
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The Big Picture is an American documentary television program which aired from 1951 to 1964. It was produced by the United States Army Signal Corps (USASC) pictorial service. In the 1950’s, the series was shot on 35mm black-and-white film. In the 1960’s they switched to color film. The film The Big Picture Battle of North Africa R2 is part of that television series. This black and white film was aired in 1960 as TV-485. It explains military campaigns in North Africa during WWII. This part 2...
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Dating to 1953, "Our Country's Flag" provides a patriotic look at the history of America's national symbol. It starts with images of flags at the United Nations,  and then shows various versions of Old Glory dating back to the Revolutionary War.   The film was based on a book and directed by famed artist Wango Weng,  We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting?  Tell...
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This 1951 black and white film was created to show dealers and salesmen how to demonstrate and sell the new Mullins dishwasher. It was sponsored by Youngstown Kitchens and produced by Jam Handy. Actors Constance Ford and Donald Curtis play the main two characters. The scene opens with an executive signing papers at his desk and pacing holding a file. His trademark statue of a woman holding a bow and arrow talks to him and magically turns into a real woman (:37- 5:00 ). Her first trip is on...
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This issue of the Armed Forces Information Film, War Film #9, contains several different segments including: "F.O.B. America" -- great profile of the DUKW amphibious truck. "Combat Concerto" -- shows a piano concert being performed for Russian combat pilots. The staging of it is a bit ridiculous but a lot of fun nevertheless! "In the Bismark Sea" presents a reunion of servicemen who served in the Battle of the Bismark Sea in New York City. The events of an air...
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Made in the immediate post-WWII era by famed filmmaker Julien Bryan, POLAND THE COUNTRY AND ITS PEOPLE shows the nation of Poland as it emerged from the war, with the nation digging itself out of the ruins of conflict and trying to re-establish itself.  The film can in some ways be seen as an appeal to the American people and the West for assistance in assuring that the nation would be permitted to be free, after six long years of terrible struggle.  Unfortunately the hopeful sentiments...
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Pan AM Hawaiian Paradise is a color promotional for Hawaii, made to promote a Gibson air conditioner salesman convention. The film was created in 1959 to promote a trip in 1960. Gibson is the creator of the Gibson Air Conditioner, now Gibson HVAC. The film was prepared for Gibson by Pan American World Airways, founded in 1927. The film tells what Gibson Dealers could experience if they sign up for the Hawaii trip.  The film opens with views of the Hawaiian shoreline (0:16-0:53), and surfers in...
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This b&w film "They Got the Job Done" was produced by the U.S. Navy  and is about naval leadership. It was made in 1954 probably for officers or officer candidates, and likely shown as part of basic education. Opening scene: Jump-cut of Sailors in marching formation. Men who work together can accomplish more when they focus their efforts together. 0:40 Captain looks through binoculars aboard a ship. 1:00 Article 1211, U.S. Naval Regulations: “All naval men are required to obey...
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Filing Procedures In Business (Second Edition) is a short film produced by Coronet Instructional Films in 1965, with assistance from David G. Goodman, Chairman of Wisconsin State University’s Department of Business Education, that covers the basics of filing procedures in business. Whether using a state-of-the-art electronic data processing system ( 00:35 ) or a traditional record keeping system, the procedures for filing records are the same. The three main elements of record keeping are...
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This film from 1969 is on the Apollo IX Mission and is presented by the Office of Manned Spaceflight (:14). This was the final mission before the manned lunar landing mission and was to test the final components for that mission. It opens with shots of the moon’s surface retrieved from the Apollo VIII mission with Borman, Lovell and Anders (:49). The Lunar Module, whose testing was the prime objective, is shown at (1:25). The Apollo-Saturn V is seen after being mated with all modules and...
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This 1968 black and white documentary about the Plymouth State Home and Training School in Northville, Michigan, whose methods help mentally retarded children lead richer lives. Produced by Dan Weisburd, the U.S. Rehabilitation Services Administration, narrated by Lorne Greene, and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. In some windows of a large brick building stand mentally retarded individuals. The children shown throughout the film are intellectually disabled (the film...
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This World War II era news film, official War Film 18, Film Communique 7th Issue, begins with a shot of smoke billowing from an industrial factory with the description, “Exclusive for the Men and Women of American Industry” (00:12). A Signal Corps production circa 1943 to 1944, this black and white reel is labeled an official film of the War Department in cooperation with combat film units of the United States Marines, Navy, and Air Forces. The Burma Outpost Combat Film Unit provided...
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This 1950 black and white demonstration film about the shooting skills of Earl Saul, an amateur sharpshooter, is a Ken Hutchinson Production. It opens with a shot of the Grand American Handicap Trapshooting Competition in Vandalia, Ohio (:23-:35). The camera scans the assortment of guns and targets on a table. Earl demonstrates his skill with the assistance of his daughter Betty Jane, who wears a 1940s short-sleeve sweater and striped shorts. He uses a trapshooting gun to hit small blocks of...
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#50434 Your Career As An Aeronautical Engineer Your Career As An Aeronautical Engineer is a short educational film on what the career path of an aspiring aeronautical engineer looks like. The film covers such topics as meeting with a high school counselor to take key courses, what the course of study in a university’s college of engineering looks like, the different degrees one can pursue for a job in the field of aviation, and what a professional aeronautical engineer can do with their...
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This silent, color movie shows highlights of San Francisco and Yosemite National Park. It dates to the 1940s, probably WWII era, and was probably made commercially and sold to tourists in the Bay Area. There are no credits, so it is unclear who made it or precisely when. Opening titles: FRISCO (:08). Panoramic shots of San Francisco, CA (:12). Ship in the bay, Alcatraz Island (:48). Sign reads: Fishermen’s Wharf (:53). People on the wharf (:56). A fishing boat in the wharf, Tarantino's...
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Advantages of AC Welding, presented by Westinghouse and produced by B.K. Blake Productions, is a short film from 1951 promoting the advantages of AC output welding. The film opens with a shot of welding equipment ( 00:22 ) and men welding ( 01:14 ) as the narrator reviews the ability to weld all kinds of steel with AC welding. AC welding allows for high quality work whether it is vertical welding ( 01:45 ), overhead welding, horizontal welding, or flat welding. AC welding accommodates light and...
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Rain on the Plains, released in 1938 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a short film that promotes the importance of soil conservation through rain conservation to avoid the effects caused by erosion, such as dust storms. The film opens with a shot of a cattle herd grazing out on the plains. A man operates a horse-drawn plow (01:07); after farming and grazing the land without proper rain conservation, the plains are dry and dusty. The film shows footage from the 12 May 1934 dust bowl: a...
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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 2:50 . At...
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1960’s NET EDUCATIONAL FILM “VERDUN” This film is about the Battle of Verdun fought from February to December of 1916. It was the longest battle of WW1. German’s attacked Verdun in hopes that the French would drain their men and resources to recapture it. It is presented by National Education Television and this is one of eight films which were to present some of the forces that have influenced the development of western civilization (:58). The film opens with pedestrians looking down...
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Dating to the 1940s, this silent film (with French titles) shows a pioneering surgery for hypertension developed by Dr. Reginald H. Smithwick. The Lumbodorsal sympathectomy was viewed as the only effective treatment for intractable essential hypertension at that time. Smithwick worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital before being recruited by Boston University to serve as Chairman of Surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine and Surgeon-in-Chief at what was then the Massachusetts...
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This is a series of 1970’s era, color movies made for sales personnel about the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Camaro, Corvette and various Chevy utilities such as the Suburban, Kingswood Station Wagon, and more. It is intended as information for Chevrolet personnel and salesmen. Authenticated by Nationwide Consumer Testing Institute, Inc. The film opens with women in a shop. The Monte Carlo pulls up in front of the shop, :46. The interior is shown, 1:15. The Monte Carlo drives down the road, 1:40....
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This color, amateur made, silent film shows what appears to be a performance -- put on for Western tourists -- that may shows some of the rituals affiliated with the Tamil Festival of Thaipusam. These include mortification of the flesh by piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks with skewers, or piercings tongues or cheeks, all the way through, with a small spear. It's not exactly clear where the film was shot or if it indeed shows Thaipusam rituals however, as the title of the film "Mystery of...
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This silent short newsreel shows U.S. Navy Martin T3M or T4M biplanes sinking a decommissioned battleship with torpedoes. The event was part of war maneuvers conducted in the 1930s. At 1:18 the torpedo is seen streaking in the water towards its target, which is seen sinking at 1:29. It's unclear precisely which ship is shown sinking here, or whether in fact the torpedoes are responsible for the sinking. Most likely the footage dates from 5 September, 1924 when USS Virginia and USS New Jersey...
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In 1964 off the coast of Bermuda, SEALAB I was lowered to a depth 192 feet. This film documents that amazing event. The Sealab I experiment was to test the theories of saturated diving and the ability of humans to live and operate at extreme pressures. The test involved four divers: LCDR Robert Thompson, MC; Gunners Mate First Class Lester Anderson; Chief Quartermaster Robert A. Barth; and Chief Hospital Corpsman Sanders Manning. The top side commander was Captain George F. Bond, also called...
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This is a 1960s instructional film about clocks and time. Features lots of images of clocks and watches. 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. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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In the 1950s, plastics truly represented the future. "Look into Polyethylene" is an advertising film made by Bemis Bags for the produce industry, promoting the use of plastic bags for retail. The film made by Marshall C Barnes. It opens with a woman donning a white pair of gloves to go shopping at The Red Owl Supermarket (a Minnesota chain). Produce is shown wrapped in Bemis plastic bags 1:06. Studies show that produce that is poly-packed sells faster and at higher profit. Chart shows...
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This black & white promotional film is about the new Mobil 210 Battery. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production is about 1952 when this battery was released. Title Credits over a Mobil battery - stays stronger, lasts longer, costs no more: The New Mobil 210 battery, presented by Socony Vacuum (:09-:31). A man starts a car - the old fashioned way with the strong arm starter. Less than 40 years ago the electric starter was born. Oil lamps gave...
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This is a 1950s, black and white film produced by the U.S. Army . The film’s purpose is to show G.I.s simple first aid techniques to apply before proper medical aid can be administered. Several scenarios are shown including snake bite, chemical burn, poisoning, drowning, and more. The film opens with the image of the caduceus as a symbol of medicine. The caduceus is the traditional symbol of Hermes and features two snakes winding around an often-winged staff. Across the image reads, “as a...
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This is a 1970’s era, color film funded by Piper Aircraft as a promotion for their planes. The the movie opens with a man walking on the beach. Elgen Marion Long (born August 12, 1927) is an American aviator and author who has set fifteen aviation records and firsts, including his 1971 flight around the world over both poles. He received the FAI Gold Air Medal for his accomplishment. He has developed a "Crash and Sink" theory explaining the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Long has,...
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. 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. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. 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. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This color animated film is about making a schedule and sticking to it for business needs. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production remains unclear but is circa the early 1950s. Opening titles: Republic Steel Corporation Presents A LITTLE TIME FOR HENRY (:06-:21). Animated film begins. A man named Henry is rushing and he's late. He talks with a secretary and thinks. He has meetings tomorrow. A clock is shown. Henry leaves and sees lots of laughing...
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This short film from the 1930s shows the grape harvest and wine production in Hautvillers/Champagne, specifically showing the production of champagne and cuvee (specific blends or batches of champagne). The film opens with a shot of the Cathedral of Reims being restored after damages from World War I. The film shows a tapestry of the sixth-century Archbishop of Reims, Saint Remy (Remigius). Viewers see the Abby of Hautvillers in the Marne Valley (01:02), and a statue of Dom Perignon of...
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This film will take a look at the Battle of Peleliu which took place from September to November of 1944 during the Mariana and Palau Campaign of WW2. It had been produced by the US Army, Navy, and Marine Corp (:17). The amphibious assault was a joint effort consisting of the Army, Navy, Maine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard (:25). This island was a part of the western most of Japanese mandated islands and had an airstrip on it which was the target of the mission (:50) in order to prevent...
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Combat America is a 1943 Allied propaganda film of World War II: "1st Lieutenant Clark Gable is hereby directed to proceed to England ... for making a combat film dealing particularly with the combat phases of aerial gunnery ... ". Initial footage depicts aircraft flying over American mountains, with Gable narrating that this is what they are fighting for. Bob Hope also appears in the film, and the film mostly depicts 351st Bombardment Group life at RAF Polebrook. Combat footage...
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This WWII film shows the training of the British Commando units, and one of their attacks into enemy held territory in Norway, likely Operation Claymore in March of 1941.     The British Commandos were formed during the Second World War in June 1940, following a request from the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill, for a force that could carry out raids against German-occupied Europe. Initially drawn from within the British Army from soldiers who volunteered for the...
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One of several films which came back to the United States in the rucksack of an American G.I., this silent 16mm home movie begins with footage of German troops in forest camouflage going on patrol. It's believed that this material is from occupied France sometime after August, 1942. Later on in the film, you will see footage from the Luftwaffe, and of Dieppe after the August raid (see below). At the 2:51 mark, troops are shown conducting combat drills and getting a bit of exercise, moving...
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