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This WWII War Bond film, titled simply "EVERY WAR BOND KILLS A JAP!", was made to encourage the purchase of bonds and stamps in support of the war effort.  The film contains startling images of Japanese war atrocities, including images of Chinese babies being thrown onto bayonets, the burying of human beings alive, the Nanking massacre, and wanton killing of civilians.  Justice for the soldiers of Japan is needed, and the film makes clear that the only way that these crimes will be...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Massacre, War Crime, China, World War II
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Made in the immediate aftermath of WWII, this German language film focuses on the atrocities committed at the Oranienburg concentration camp and the prisoner of war camp that replaced it, Sachsenhausen. The facility was preserved post-war as a museum and memorial.   The film begins with images of the camp grounds, barracks, guard towers, barbed wire fences and stockades. At 3:10 a sign proclaims "Prisoner of War Camp". At 3:45 footage shot after the liberation of the camp shows a...
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Topics: World War II, WWII, German Concentration Camp, Holocaust, Stock Footage
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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...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, USCG, US Coast Guard, Task Force, Stock Footage
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In this 1946 U.S. Navy training film (MN-5801) from Jam Handy Productions, viewers see the appropriate way to wear parachutes, tighten harnesses, check for tested parachutes, bail out of a plane, and collapse a parachute on land and open water. The film opens with footage of paratroopers parachuting through the air. An officer examines a parachute kit. A pilot demonstrates securing a parachute harness on an airstrip. He then climbs into an F8F Bearcat with his parachute. The film shows another...
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Topics: Parachutes, 1946, US Navy Pilot, Training Film, Jam handy, Stock Footage
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Made by the famed Jam Handy Organization, a leading educational and training film company, this black & white training film "Doping Techniques" explains the process of doping fabric for airplanes. It likely dates to the WWII era. Aircraft dope is a plasticized lacquer that is applied to fabric-covered aircraft. It tightens and stiffens fabric stretched over airframes, which renders them airtight and weatherproof, increasing their durability and lifespan. Without the application of...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, WWII Era, Training Film, Fabric Airplane Wing, Dope, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Made during WWII, this silent footage shows homefront activities in Canada. It was apparently shot in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. The start of the film shows recruits marching past (:16) a local newspaper office and downtown (1:05).   At 1:22 another recruit joins the group. At 1:40 oxen carrying wheat move slowly through a city street. At 2:42 the recruits walk past clothing set on a line to dry. At 3:42 "Duke Street" in Vancouver is shown (footage flopped).   At 5:14,...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, Vancouver, Columbia, RCAF, Stock Footage
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The Ducktators is a Looney Tunes black and white cartoon that was produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions and was released in 1942 by Warner Bros.. It was directed by Norman McCabe. The cartoon takes place on a farm, beginning with a few ducks, geese and chickens being shown. After a brief few moments, two ducks (who are expecting a duckling) go over to their unusually black-colored egg as it starts to hatch. Once the egg has hatched, a duckling with an Adolf Hitler appearance emerges and...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, The Ducktators, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Animation,...
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Made in 1946, THE MODERN CHIPPEWA INDIAN shows reservation life in Minnesota in the post-WWII period. Produced by Frederick Jones and Rand Kellogg, the film contains some gratuitous narration that some may consider demeaning. However it does paint a picture of an industrious tribe who have flourished as farmers, fishermen, and artists.  The film shows the Redlake Hospital (2:30), an unidentified Chippewa artist who served in the U.S. Navy during WWII (3:00).  Fishing activities are seen at...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, WWII, World War II, Caen, Saint Nazaire, Liberation Of Paris, FFI,...
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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, Gen....
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Topics: World War II, WWII, Liberation Of Rome, Italian Campaign, Rome, Stock Footage
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"Show Business at War" dates to 1943 and showcases the incredible efforts of the entertainers of the day, the film and entertainment industries, and their collective sacrifice to support our troops and the victory effort during World War II. The bright lights of Broadway in New York City and the offices of the weekly theatrical paper, Variety 1:00. Variety is an American media company owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly...
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Topics: Show Business, Show Business At War, 1943, World War II, Hollywood, Broadway, Stock Footage
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This classified WWII film, shot by the 12th Combat Camera Unit and released by the Office of Strategic Services, shows the activities of Axis Saboteurs operating in North Africa.  The film shows how in Tunisia, several Arab saboteurs were arrested, and forced to confess about their activities.  A "saboteurs box" is shown that includes TNT, rubber hoses to make an altitude bomb, and various detonators and other devices.  At 2:00, a saboteur demonstrates how to place an altitude bomb...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Sabotage, Office Of Strategic Service, Counter...
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This silent, German film shows fighting on the Western Front in World War 1 and contains material shot between 1916-1918. The film was released in the late 1930s as part of the remilitarization of Germany, in hopes of glorifying the nation's military legacy in the World War. Although they did not achieve a victory in the war, this film essentially shows a victory in battle, with German troops advancing across No Man's Land. Those who saw it may have been either encouraged or discouraged by the...
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Topics: Asbestos, World war II, Morotai, 1944, Siegfried Line, Boeing B-29, Le Harve, China Burma,...
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Sep 4, 2020 Germeinnuttziger
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. In this film, the Battle of The Atlantic is seen from the German perspective as Kreigsmarine U-boats converge for a wolfpack patrol, hunting Allied merchant ships.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
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Dating to World War II, this film tells the story of the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation and the manufacture of blimps and aircraft. It begins with a shot of Paul W. Litchfield, the American industrialist who was president (1926–40) and chairman of the board (1930–58) of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, a firm that he helped develop into a worldwide operation. Also shown is Lt. Dougherty of the U.S. Navy and a representative of the U.S. Army. The four are looking at a model of the Goodyear...
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Topics: Good Year Blimp, Aircraft, WWII, World War II, Airplanes, Stock Footage
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Apr 10, 2020 PeriscopeFilm
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Made during WWII in 1945, this   United States Navy training film looks at Combat Fatigue Irritability, or shell shock, now known as PTSD. This is a very rare film, the type of which was, like John Huston's landmark "Let There Be Light", not widely shown due to the effects it could have on morale.   Most likely it was only shown to those suffering from combat fatigue, and those who were working to help alleviate it.   Oversimplistic in its approach, compared to what we know today,...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, Combat Fatigue, PTSD, US Nav, Stock Footage
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This silent German educational film shows the construction of a  Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann aircraft, one of the Luftwaffe's standard training airplanes throughout WWII.   The prototype Bü 181 (D-ERBV) made its maiden flight in February 1939 with Chief Pilot Arthur Benitz at the controls. After thorough works and official flight testing by the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM) the Bü 181 was nominated to be the standard primary trainer for the Luftwaffe. Series production of the Bü 181...
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Topics: Bucker Flugzeubagbau, BU 181 Bestmann, Bucker BU 131, Rangsdorf, World War II, trainer Aircraft,...
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Mar 18, 2017 U.S. Government
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This rare film features ships of the U.S. Asiatic fleet patroling the Yangtze River. The Asiatic Fleet's gunboats were tasked with protecting American shipping (primarily oil tankers) from pirates and the Japanese. Contains amazing footage of life in China circa 1935 including the cities of Chunking, Shanghai, and the countryside. Ships featured in this film are the USS Augusta (CA-31), USS Borie (DD-215) and USS Simpson (DD-221) as well as US gunboats.
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Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
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Produced in 1957 and presented by America's Trucking Industry, "Rehearsal for Disaster" shows the important role that motorized transport and in particular the trucking industry, plays in civil defense today, and in the event of an atomic attack. As the film says, "the trucking industry, organized on a nationwide basis, can be a tremendous factor in saving lives and property in the event of any emergency, natural or war-caused." The underlying idea of the film is that truck...
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Topics: Nuclear Attack, Cold War, Fallout Center, World War II, Atomic Bomb Cold War, Disaster, Civil...
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This silent WWII newsreel, made by Official Films for the home market, shows the end of the conflict in Europe.  Times Square in New York is the scene of raucous celebrations on May 8, 1945 (30 seconds).  At the 1 minute mark, the U.S. Army meets the Russian Army at the Elbe River.  At Caserta, German troops are surrendered en masse and the Nazi representatives sign surrender documents (1:30).  At Nuremberg, home of the famed Nazi rallies, an iconic Swastika emblem is covered by the...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, German Instrument Of Surrender, Newsreel, World War II, News Film,...
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This WWII training film familiarizes radio operators with Vacuum Tubes.  As the film explains, these are the devices used in radios that control electric current between electrodes in an evacuated container. Vacuum tubes mostly rely on thermionic emission of electrons from a hot filament or a cathode heated by the filament.  The grid and filament forming the tube are explained, as are some basic circuits, and a couple of electronics packages are shown.    In electronics, vacuum tube,...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Radio, Vacuum Tubes, Amateur Radio, Triode, Diode, Electronics,...
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This short silent German educational film shows an artillery battery being put into position by Wehrmacht forces.  Interestingly the battery force has mounted troops, typical of the German Army which while heavily mechanized used horses for many important tasks.  Once a position is scouted, troops emplace the gun and begin the work of camouflaging the position, while other soldiers work to obtain firing data and sighting.    The artillery piece shown may be the 7.5 cm Feld Kanone 16 neuer...
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Topics: Artillery, Artillery Baterry, World war II, Wehrmacht, germany
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Made in 1943 as part of the "Fighting Men" series, CRACK THAT TANK explains the tactics an infantryman can use to disable or destroy an enemy tank.  Vulnerabilities of the tank include its track, which can be destroyed with a grenade, mine or a shell.  A disabled tank is a sitting duck.  A "closed" or buttoned-up tank is vulnerable because its crew cannot see the battlefield well, just through slits and periscopes.  Taking out vision slits and periscopes can make a tank...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Anti-Tank Warfare, Tank, World War II, Tiger Tank, Wehrmacht,...
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WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT.  This film contains images of war atrocities and may not be suitable for viewers of all ages. This 1944 film, RETURN TO GUAM,  was produced by the U.S. Navy about the taking and recapture of the island of Guam.  The film also shows the history of U.S. involvement in Guam, including the participation of native Chamorros in the Navy and in defense of the island.  Aside from showing the invasion and recapture of Guam, the film shows the horrific massacre of the...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Guam, Japanese War Crimes, United States Navy, World War II, Mariana...
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Apr 3, 2011 German Newsreel
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo. Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
U.S. Coast Guard Report Number 7, "Coast Guard on Foreign Shores", shows the role the Coast Guard played in the Allied victory in WWII. Coast Guardsmen manned nearly every type of support vessel for the Navy, and went into harm's way not only in the battle against the U-boats, but at every amphibious landing from North Africa to Sicily, Italy to D-Day, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Luzon, Okinawa and Iwo Jima. This film shows the role of the Coast Guard, and features terrific footage of many...
Topics: United States Coast guard, World War II, U.S. navy
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This short and apparently hastily assembled newsreel shows the events of December 7th, 1941 and expresses deep outrage at the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Due to classification issues at the time the film was made, very little of the damage to Pearl Harbor itself is shown; rather the film focuses on damage to civilian areas of Waikiki and Honolulu. Due to the lack of material available there are some laughable errors in the rather earnest film, including the presence of a plane...
Topics: Pearl Harbor, WWII, World War II, Japan, U.S. Navy, December 7th
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This short film from The March of Time's classroom film series gives viewers a glimpse of Sweden as it navigates its “middle-of-the-road” course during World War II. The film opens with footage of a street in Stockholm at night; signs are lit up and people browse shop windows. A man from one of the city’s newspapers reports on the war’s action: there is footage of bombs being dropped and of buildings exploding. Members of Sweden’s press print stories on the war (01:51). The film then...
Topics: Sweden, WWII, World War II, Travelogue, Stockholm, Stock Footage
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WINGED VICTORY ON FOOT profiles the famed 43rd Infantry Division, which was a formation of the United States Army from 1925 to 1967. It served in the Pacific during World War II. It was activated on 21 March 1925 as a New England National Guard Division in Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The 143rd Area Support Group of the Connecticut National Guard now carries on the heritage. The film features footage of induction at 1:44, with troops receiving clothes. At the 1:58 mark, troops...
Topics: Winged Victory, 43rd Infantry Division, World War II, US Navy, 1925, 19267, Stock Footage
Made to promote the 6th War Loan in 1945, SILENCE shows the aftermath of war, with shattered harbors and factories, but no troops or machines of war present — just silence.  "But a war cannot be won this way," says the narrator, and then the film erupts into a loud, incredible montage of violence and mayhem.  And, a new announcer continues at 2:00, we must have another noise -- the noise of busy factories and assembly lines producing tanks, trucks, tires, guns, ammunition and...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, War Bonds, 6th War Loan
Made during WWII, "On the War Bond Front" was produced by the United States Treasury Department to promote the sale of War Bonds.  The film charts some of the United States Saving Bond and Stamp programs, and shows how they were promoted within industry and civilian populations.   At the 49 second mark, the film shows Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr. selling a defense bond to President Roosevelt.  It was an incredibly successful effort.  As the film explains in July...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Department, World war II, War Bonds, War, Henry...
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This one-of-a-kind film shows the flight test of a Remington Rand television camera aboard a small aircraft.  The exact story behind this film is not yet known, but during WWII television was used in a series of weapons including the TDR-1 Torpedo Drone and Operation Anvil and Operation Aphrodite -- which used TV to convert bomber aircraft into radio controlled flying bombs.  That may or may not have been the point of this particular test.   Another concept (for instance) was to use...
Topics: Television, World War II, TDR- Drone, Torpedo Drone, Remington Rand, Operation Aphrodite, Operation...
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Apparently dating to the Korean War era, this fascinating film describes how aircraft were used to rapidly evacuate wounded soldiers from remote bases to stateside facilities so that they can receive hospital care quickly.  The setting of the film is the St. Alban's Naval Hospital, aka Naval Hospital Brooklyn, in Long Island, New York.  The film features General Wilfred Hall, responsible for Air Evacauation as part of the Military Air Transportation Service (MATS), speaking about how the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Film, World War II, Wounded, Evacuation Of Wounded, St. Alban's Hospital,...
Created shortly after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a memorial, this "Official Films" silent newsreel was sold for home use.  The film shows the career of FDR starting with his earliest days in politics, including rare footage before he was stricken with Polio.  It also shows the President throughout his four terms in office, and then the funeral preparations and burial. The backstory of the funeral is this: in the early afternoon of April 12, 1945 President...
Topics: Franklin D Roosevelt, President Of The united States, Hyde park, 1945, World War II, Politics, 1945
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This episode of "The Big Picture", the U.S. Army's television show, is from the "Army in Action" series.  Entitled "Flames on the Horizon", this episode portrays world events from 1939 to 1941, including the war in China, the early phases of WWII in Europe including the Fall of France, the U.S. mobilizing for war, and finally Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.   The Big Picture is an American documentary television program which aired on ABC-TV from 1951 to 1964....
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, The Big Picture, Fall Of France, Invasion Of Poland, United States...
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,...
Topics: US Navy, Sealab, Underwater Habitat, 1964, Bermuda, Stock Footage
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SHIPWAYS is a 1945 film presented by the Bethlehem Steel Company – Shipbuilding Division. The film opens with vintage footage of massive modern ships being built in the yards of Bethlehem Steel Company. (00:00:55:00) Then, we see the christening ceremony (00:01:50:00) of the USS Topeka. A nice shot of ships at Bethlehem yards is seen at (00:04:50:00. Various ship models from the distant past are seen at (00:05:22:00). A n ice animated montage of Bethlehem ships launched from Quincy Yards is...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Steel, Liberty Ships, Shipways, Stock Footage
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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)
Dating from WWII, this China travelogue narrated by Hugh James is a rarity, in that it is entirely in color.  The film shows Peiping / Beijing, including street scenes, shots of the Forbidden City, and more.  There are shots of native handicraft including the art of ivory at the 2:10 mark, jade work, a Cloisonné vase, making rugs from wool, and more.  Modern clothing is shown, as well as a Chinese funeral.  Shanghai is seen at the 7:30 mark, and the Yangtze River. We encourage viewers to...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Beijing, Jade, Ivory, Forbidden City, Cloisonne,...
Produced by the Douglas Aviation Company in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, the mid-1960s film The Priceless Laboratory gives viewers a glimpse of Antarctica and discusses the research being conducted there as well as the difficulties and dangers of conducting research in such an inhospitable place. The film opens with scenes of Antarctica’s landscape, including the continent’s high-altitude mountains (01:13), unique deserts, and fields of floating ice (01:47). A small wooden cabin (02:33)...
Topics: Antarctica, 1960, Douglas Aviation, US Navy, Stock footage
The 1965 U.S. Navy training film Replenishment At Sea (MN-10037a) reviews the basic elements for a replenishment operation conducted at sea. The film covers various topics such has formations for the fleet to take during a replenishment operation, the types of equipment and transfer methods used, the different supplies transferred, and how to factor in elements including wind and hull wash. The film opens with shots of aircraft carriers sailing at sea (00:44). A jet is raised on an elevator to...
Topics: 1965, US Navy, Training Film, Ships, At Sea, Supplies
Created in 1942, this wonderful propaganda and recruiting film explains that "men make the Navy and the Navy makes men" and features Lowell Thomas narrating.  Probably made before Pearl Harbor or adapted shortly after the Japanese attack on December 7th, the film features a brief segment at the end identifying Adolph Hitler and Japan as American adversaries.  Some of the material includes: fleet maneuvers involving battleships, cruisers, destroyers and aircraft carriers, PT boats...
Topics: Lowell Thomas, U.S. Navy, recruiting film, WWII, World War II, PT Boat, Battleship, cruiser,...
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Shows the Navy's anti-submarine patrol in action during the late 1960s.   Featuring flight operations off the aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-18), fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft perform sweeps of the sea in the vicinity of the fleet main body.   They are joined by destroyers and other warships equipped with sonar, depth-charges and ASW torpedoes.   The Grumman S-2 Tracker aircraft is especially featured   “The Hunter Killers” is a relatively short, color, United States Navy film...
Topics: US Navy, Anti Submarine, Hunter Killers, Navy
This black and white animated training film of the United States Navy emphasizes the importance of avoiding undesirable weather for the sake of preventing accidents (TRT 5:56). Opening titles over an animated illustration of a cloudy sky above a football stadium (0:16). Cartoon naval officers cheer on a football team from the stands. A plane approaches the cloud overhead (0:28). The plane splits into two smaller planes that fly away in opposite directions (0:41). A newsboy sells newspapers in...
Topics: WWII, US Navy, Flight Safety, Cartoon, marginal Weather, Accidents, Stock Footage
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This 1970 U.S. Navy unclassified training film highlights all weather instrument flight techniques for high performance jet aircraft. It is a Ralph Hall Productions. The VA-127 unit’s primary mission was to provide advanced all-weather jet instrument training for fleet replacement pilots and refresher training for light jet attack pilots. The Royal Blues nickname was used from the 1960s to 1980 and Cyclons beginning in 1981. A Navy pilot for the VFA-127 Strike Fighter Squadron (says Royal...
Topics: 1970, US Navy, Navy, Training Film, Ralph Hall, Stock Footage
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This U.S. Navy recruiting film entitled PRESSURE POINT was made in 1974 by John J. Hennessy Motion Pictures, with a script by Michael Ross.   The film's point is that attention to detail, something beat into new recruits by a drill instructor, is absolutely critical for a U.S. Navy pilot.   Teamwork is another aspect highlighted by the film.   The film also shows how training goes on for nearly 12 weeks before anyone gets to even touch an airplane.     The film begins aboard an aircraft...
Topics: US Navy, F- 4 Phantom, Pilot, Phantom, F4, 1974, Stock Footage
This 1942 Warner Bros. propaganda film, directed by B. Reeves Eason, gives viewers a look at a reenactment of the training of U.S. Army Air Forces cadets. The film opens with Lt. General Henry H. Arnold climbing out of a plane at an airfield. He looks over a group of graduating cadets at the start of the wings-awarding ceremony. Arnold speaks to the graduates about their roles in the current climate (01:52). The graduates stand at attention, surrounded by what appear to be Vultee BT-13 Valiant...
Topics: Men From The Sky, 1942, WWII, World War II, Army Air Forces, Stock Footage
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "Shifting Tides in the Orient" examines the growth of independence...
Topics: Crusade In The Pacific, Borneo, Australian Army, World War II, Chinese Civil War, Gandhi, Myanmar,...
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "War in the North"  examines Japan's invasion of the Aleutian islands in...
Topics: Japanese Internment, Aleutian Island, Alaska, Kiska, Pacific Campaign, World War II, War Film,...
This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "America Goes to War in the Pacific" examines the America's entry into World War II after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It looks at early Allied loses on Wake Island, Guam, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It also looks at the turning of American industry to war and the training of American soldiers. Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most...
Topics: Crusade In The Pacific, Periscope Film, Stock Footage, America Goes To War In The pacific, U.S....
Created in the 1930s, this German newsreel shows the "expansion of Germany" under Adolf Hitler including the seizure of the Sudentenland.  German troops are shown being welcomed into the area, along with Hitler himself who arrives in a large open car to a hero's welcome.    Also shown is Mahren also known as Moravia.  Following the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, Moravia became part of Czechoslovakia. As one of the five lands of Czechoslovakia, it had restricted...
Topics: Adolf Hitler, World war II, Kreigsmarine, Sudetenland, Moravia, Nazi Germany, World War II,...
This episode of "The Big Picture" is a biography of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, one of the greatest naval leaders in the history of the United States.  Chester William Nimitz (February 24, 1885 – February 20, 1966) was a fleet admiral of the United States Navy. He played a major role in the naval history of World War II as Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet (CinCPac), for U.S. naval forces and Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas (CinCPOA), for U.S. and Allied...
Topics: Chester W. Nimitz, U.S. World War II, Pacific Fleet, Japanese Navy
Produced in 1965 as part of the "Twentieth Century" TV series with Walter Cronkite, THE PRIDE AND THE SHAME tells the story of the Japanese internment, and the brave actions of patriotic Japanese-Americans such as Daniel Inouye who bravely served in the U.S. Army as part of the 442nd during WWII. Also contains footage of the aftermath of a Japanese submarine shelling the United States -- at about the 4:09 mark you'll see footage of the Santa Barbara refinery hit by the Japanese. The...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Internment Of The Japanese, Nisei, Japanese,...
This U.S. Navy newsreel consists of several segments.  The first tells the story of the Gilmore Brothers, Charles and Lyman, who attempted to build an airplane several years prior to the Wright Brothers.  The second segment shows the Japanese Kamikaze pilots and tells the story of "how they got that way".  Next, a sexy interlude called "Showtime" with singer Joy Hodges.  This soundie is typical of the 1940s era, where music videos often consisted of cute vignettes....
Topics: Perisocpe Film, Stock Footage, Kamikaze, United States Navy, World War II, Lyman Gilmore, Joy Hodges
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Made in 1943 and animated by Chuck Jones under the Leon Schlesinger Unit, this very serious animated documentary short film demonstrating the reasons and methods of the point system of wartime food rationing.   In the face of wartime demands and agricultural personnel shortages during World War II, food rationing was necessary. This film explains the US Government's answer of of these wartime realities, point based rationing. Furthermore, the system's application is illustrated as we follow a...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Chuck Jones, Cartoon, 1943, Stock Footage
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Created by Castle Films during WWII for the U.S. Government AIR RAID WARNING shows the duties and responsibilities of the Civil Defense Air Raid Wardens.  These individuals were trained in first aid, fire fighting, and gas and chemical warfare as well as plane spotting.  During the blackout in the USA, wardens enforced regulations to keep lights out and blinds drawn at all times.  The American wardens traced their origins to Britain.  During the early stages of World War II, the Air...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Film, World War II, Blackout, United States Of America
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Dating to 1943, this WWII newsreel shows the Battle of Stalingrad and the fierce winter fighting that turned the tide of WWII in the East.  Also seen in this film are highlights of the Battle of the Philippine Sea as "carrier X" (likely the USS Enterprise) fights in the Pacific (likely at the Battle of Santa Cruz). The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943) was a major battle of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control...
Topics: Battle Of Stalingrad, Battle Of The Philippines, Battle, Pacific Campaigning, USS Enterprise, U.S....
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This tribute to the Third Army in World War II details its 281 days of combat duty, from France and Belgium and into Germany in 1944-45, including the Battle of the Bulge. Features footage of General George S. Patton and the troops he commanded. The United States Army Central (formerly the Third Army) is a military formation of the United States Army, which saw service in World War I and World War II, in the 1991 Gulf War, and in the coalition liberation of Iraq. It is best known for its...
Topics: World War II, George S Patton, United States Army Central, WW2, Germany, Stock footage, Periscope...
This 1944 WWII U.S. Navy propaganda film features a wide range of US Navy carrier operations (involving Hellcats, Helldivers and Avengers), with hair-raising carrier landings and accidents.  The film begins with carrier take-offs from ships based near the Philippines including USS Enterprise CV-6, with aircraft looking for Japanese at sea and on land the mission is the same -- "find the Japs".  Beginning about the 4:30 mark as aircraft return to their ships, you'll see an incredible...
Topics: World War II, Naval Aviation, battle Of Leyte Gulf, Aircraft Carrier, USS Enterprise, Aircraft,...
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Made in 1966, READY ON ARRIVAL shows the activities of the United States Navy's aircraft carriers & the crews who man them. The USS Independence CV-62 is the carrier featured.   Carrier aircraft making attack runs over Vietnam are shown at the start of the film, landing on carrier decks at mark 1:00. At mark2:55, 4500 men are on the ship, they make it run; engineers, doctors, pilot, aircraft mechanics, fire men. They all help in running the ship. They work 14hours a day. They handle tons...
Topics: Vietnam War, US Navy, Marine Corps, USS Independence, Stock Footage
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After his beautiful wife Carole Lombard, was killed in a plane crash while working for the USO, a grieving Clark Gable couldn't face Hollywood anymore, so he joined up with the Army Air Corps. Gable famously requested that he be sent into actual combat. So naturally Hap Arnold decided he should make a movie about his combat group, the 351st Bombardment Group. Gable narrates this complete portrait of his outfit and appears in several short scenes where he interviews his comrades-in-arms. The...
Topics: Combat America, WWII, World War II, Clark Cable, Stock Footage
"Ballad Of John Greene" is an early 1970s film produced by Vought Aeronautics and narrated by Jackie Cooper, U.S. Naval Reserve Commander. The short film follows Navy Pilot John Greene, cutting back and forth between his naval air training and a current mission in Vietnam. The film opens with a shot of pink skies over the ocean. John Greene looks out over the Navy attack carrier USS Ranger. Vought A-7 Corsair IIs are moved into takeoff position on the carrier. Pilots meet for a...
Topics: 1970, US Navy, Vietnam War, A-7 Corsair, John Greene, Stock Footage
Made in 1965, this film shows members of North American Aviation staff arriving in Saigon, to asses U.S. Navy needs in counterinsurgency in Vietnam. The film contains images of Saigon in this era, including shots at 1:25 of bullet holes in the Brinks Hotel, which was also the sight of a famous bombing during the Vietnam War. A funeral procession is seen at 1:40, the result of a claymore mine being set off in a restaurant. U.S. Navy personnel are seen advising Mekong riverine forces starting at...
Topics: 1965, North American Aviation, Counterinsurgency, Vietnam, US Navy, Stock Footage
The Fight for the Sky is a short propaganda film commissioned by the US government to highlight the victories of the Allied air forces over Europe prior to the Normandy invasion.  It is narrated by actor Ronald Reagan. Opening with shots of aerial combat over Europe the film turns to footage of the airmen acting casually in their base in East Anglia, reading newspapers, playing ping pong, and listening to the radio. However, they are soon called for a debriefing about their next mission, a...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Ronald Reagan, World War II, General James Doolittle, General...
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Made during WWII for the U.S. Navy by the Jam Handy Organization, "Useful Knots" shows how to tie all sorts of knots. The film illustrates basic rope and knot terminology including defining the bight (1:25), standing piece (1:36) and the fall piece (1:47). Various knots shown including the slip knot (2:23), square or reef knot (2:57), sheet bend (5:51), two half hitches (8:00), clove hitch (11:29), rolling hitch (12:41), bending to a cleat is demonstrated at (16:31). At (21:30) the...
Topics: US Navy, Tie KNOTS, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage Useful Knots
This color recruiting film showcases the U.S. Navy's aircraft carriers, airplanes, pilots and flight crews. It was shot aboard a number of carriers including the Essex class USS Ticonderoga (CV-14), USS Forrestal (CV-59), USS Lexington (CV-16), USS Coral Sea (CV-43) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Copyright is 1970. Opening: An eagle soars through the air. Other types of birds fly. Different U.S. military jets. Title: FLIGHT, THE ROMANCE OF NAVAL AVIATION (:07-:56). A U.S. Navy carrier at sea....
Topics: Naval Aviation, 1970, US Navy, Aircraft Carriers, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
One of a series of films made by the Jam Handy Organization for General Motors after WWII, "The Rainbow is Yours" shows the Chevy Styleline cars of 1952, including the Deluxe and Coupe, in gorgeous color. This allows the film to show off the interior and exterior matching trim and fabrics, including leather seat upholstery and other luxurious features. In 1949, all the Chevrolets got the first new styling after the war. The Deluxe was the brand new upper-end model for Chevrolet. The...
Topics: 1957, US Navy, Training Film, Relative Motion, Maneuvering Board, Stock Footage
This film is unclassified. It is a 1940’s era, black and white movie. The Navy Department presents a United States Navy training film. Produced for the Bureau of Aeronautics by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc. Copyright 1943 by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc. The Inverted Spin. Intermediate Acrobatics, Part VII. The purpose of the film is to teach pilots how to enter into - and pull out of - an inverted spin maneuver. The movie opens with a forward view of a plane; our viewpoint is from...
Topics: WWII, World war II, US Navy Pilot, Inverted Spin, Stearman, Biplane, Stock Footage
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Made by the Department of the Army Air Force in 1942, "Aerial Navigation - Airways Flying" shows various procedures for pilots and air traffic control.   The film discusses the need for civil aviation rules, procedures and operations and an air traffic control center and tower, the meaning of green, amber, red and blue airways, recommended procedures when navigation instruments fail, and rules for approaching and leaving airports.   Includes interesting footage of WWII era telefax,...
Topics: World War II, Aerial Navigation, Airways, Flying, Stock Footage
Made in 1948 by the De Frenes Company,  this U.S. Navy training movie breaks down the steps that must be taken for proper film processing and shows each of the chemicals used and what they do. It opens with a photographer using a Speed Graphic type camera, checking his exposed film for satisfaction after taking a picture (:43). A diagram then points to the image which was thrown by the camera lens that has left an invisible record of itself on the film (:51). This record cannot be used until...
Topics: 1948, US Navy, Photography, Darkroom, US Navy Training Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation. This portion is Reel 1. This version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs...
Topics: Nazi Germany, Germany, Adolf Hitler, World War II, Brandenburg Gate, Documentary
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A wartime US Navy training film, narrated by Mike Wallace, that demonstrates techniques for emergency escape from burning and sinking ships. Various drown-proofing and survival-at-sea techniques are presented, from using cargo nets to MK6 life rafts, and brief footage of actual sinking carriers, transports and other ships is featured.   A “restricted film to be shown to authorized personnel only,” this black-and-white United States Navy Training Film, produced under the supervision of the...
Topics: WWII, Abandon Ship, Survival, Ship, Abandon Ship, US Navy
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“Bastogne Presenting Lt. Clair Hess” is a short, black-and-white film about Bastogne, made by the Army-Navy Screen Magazine in early 1945. It is introduced by Lt. Clair Hess of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, Co F, 2nd Battalion, 101st Airborne. (On June 6, 1944, Lt. Hess jumped from a plane over Normandy, France. Within minutes, he was on the ground, wounded by machine-gun fire. His injured leg forced him to lie under his parachute for three days, during which a German soldier came...
Topics: Battle Of The Bulge, WWII, World War II, Army Navy Screen Magazine, 1945, Stock Footage
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This rarely seen U.S. Navy film BATTLE FATIGUE DEALING WITH FEAR was produced during or just after WWII, and attempts to explain the condition known as "Battle Fatigue" or what we now describe as PTSD or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.   It was intended to be shown to those suffering from battle fatigue, including those who were hospitalized.   As the psychiatrist host of the film explains, fear is a fighting man’s friend, but it can overrun you. A case study named Corporal Edwards...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Battle Fatigue, US Navy, Stock Footage
This beautiful home film from the 1930’s shows a visit aboard the USS Saratoga. It was shot by an unknown member of the "Amateur Cinema League" -- a national club of amateur filmmakers who supported one another's efforts and shared tips concerning 8mm and 16mm movie making. The ACL was founded in New York City in 1926. The film likely dates to 1932, as it shows aircraft that were deployed on the carrier in that time period, plus Captain George S. Steele is shown in command. Steele,...
Topics: 1932, Amateur Cinema League, Home Movie, US Navy, Aircraft Carrier, USS Saratoga, Stock Footage,...
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This WWII aircraft identification film shows the German Ju-52 transport aircraft, one of the Luftwaffe's most important troop carriers.  This film was intended to be used by pilots and also anti-aircraft artillery crews, aircraft spotters and air raid wardens.   Animated segments of the film were likely created by either the Walt Disney or Warner Bros. animation studios as part of their contribution to the war effort.   The Junkers Ju 52 (nicknamed Tante Ju ("Aunt Ju") and Iron...
Topics: JU-52, Junkers Ju 52, Aircraft, World War II, Luftwaffe
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This War Department training film (TF 18-1116) shows the secondary weapons that a tank-hunting team uses to destroy tanks as well as ambush methods that assist in destroying enemy tanks. The film features what appears to be a captured Polish 7TP light tank used by the Panzerwaffe. The tank moves over a small gully and through trees (00:47). The film shows inside the tank and the view through the window slits (01:12). The tank’s turret revolves around. An illustration is used to show the...
Topics: German Tanks, Tanks, WWII, World War II, Nazi, Stock Footage
U.S. Coast Guard Motion Picture Digest May 1945 is a silent newsreel-style film of the events of World War II in April and May 1945 that involved the U.S. Coast Guard. The first clip is of the damage done by “fire and exploding ammunition stowed on [the] tank deck aboard LST 884.” The ship was hit by a Japanese kamikaze plane near Okinawa on 1 April 1945. Viewers see the damage caused by the hit, as well as a soldier washing a small dog in a washbasin. In the next clip, SPARs (Coast Guard...
Topics: May, 1945, US Coast Guard, USCG, WWII, World War II, Newsreel, Stock Footage
Japanese Relocation (1942) is a short film produced by the U.S. Office of War Information and distributed by the War Activities Committee of the Motion Picture Industry. It is a propaganda film, justifying and explaining Japanese American internment on the West Coast during World War II. It is narrated by Milton Eisenhower. The film starts by asserting that, while many Japanese-Americans were loyal, in early 1942 the West Coast was a potential combat zone, and the government did not know what...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Japanese Relocation, Internment, Propaganda For Japanese, World War...
This U.S. Navy propaganda film from the late 1950s shows the threat of Soviet expansion and U.S. efforts to contain it while giving viewers a look at the U.S. Navy’s sea power being developed in the “Missile Age.” The film opens with an animation of a globe showing trade routes, new sea routes developed during the Age of Great Exploration, and contemporary sea lanes crisscrossing the world’s oceans. An explosive is detonated in the sea (01:50). Footage shows a torpedo moving through a...
Topics: 1950, US Navy, Seapower, Missile, USS Forrestal, Cold War, Stock Footage
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Presented by the Chrysler Corporation’s Dodge Division, and produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Land Of The Free is a 1940 film that gives a look at the people and natural resources that helped make America one of the most prosperous countries. The film shows montage after montage of quickly edited shots of U.S. industries, people, and the role the automobile industry plays in the larger American economy. The film opens with footage of a plane flying in the sky, rolling ocean waves,...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Dodge, 1940, Chrysler, Land Of The Free, Stock Footage
This episode of "The Big Picture", part of the Army in Action WWII series, is entitled "The Spreading Holocaust".  It features the story of the military events of 1941 and 1942, with the Axis triumphant on all fronts including the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the German drive across North Africa and deep into Russia, and the Japanese assault on China, the Philippines and British possessions in Asia including Singapore.    The siege of Bataan is shown, and the...
Topics: Baatan Death March, World War II, Philippines, Germany, Wehrmacht, The Holocaust
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Filmed at sea with the Sixth Fleet in the late 1950s, A FORCE FOR PEACE shows the aircraft carrier USS Randolph and its air arm, including A-1H Skyraiders and jet fighters. This print is slightly incomplete and missing the main title and a portion of the ending.   The film begins in Norfolk as the crew says goodbye and departs for the Mediterranean and duty in Europe.   At 4:54, the Captain addresses the ship's complement and discusses the importance of a strong presence in the Med, to...
Topics: US Navy, Sixth Fleet, A Force For Peace, USS Randolph, 950, Stock Footage
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "Surrender and Occupation of Japan", examines the unconditional surrender...
Topics: Japan, Douglas MacArthur, Japanese Surrender, World War II, Occupation, USS Missouri, President...
Created for classroom use, this historic German educational film shows the famed Berlin Zoological Garden as it appeared in the 1930s.  The Berlin Zoological Garden (German: Zoologischer Garten Berlin) is the oldest and best known zoo in Germany. Opened in 1844 it covers 35 hectares (86.5 acres) and is located in Berlin's Tiergarten. With about 1,500 different species and almost 20,500 animals the zoo presents the most comprehensive collection of species in the world. The zoo and its aquarium...
Topics: World War II, Zoo, Red Army, Garden
This episode of "The Big Picture" TV show, one of the "Army in Action" series, is titled "Global War".  It presents events during WWII in 1943 including Allied assault on Sicily, landings in New Guinea, new offensives in Russia, the drive up the Italian mainland to Rome, and assaults in the Pacific Islands.  Highlights include: The Ploesti oil refinery raid is seen at the 6 minute mark.  The Munda Airfield on New Georgia are seen at 8 minutes.  Soviet forces...
Topics: World War II, WWII, Sicily, 1943, ploesti Raid, United States Army, Messina
Made in 1945 by the U.S. Treasury Department, PERISHABLE RUSH shows how the Army Air Forces during World War II flew wounded men from Pacific battle areas to mobile army surgeons hospitals, hospital ships, and finally major  hospitals and eventually home towns in the United States. Uses a mix of actuality footage and fictional reenactments to follow a soldier from being wounded in action, cared for by medics on the battlefield, undergoing surgery in a mobile hospital near the front lines,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, War, Army, Red Cross, Blood, Sikorsky, R-4 Helicopter,...
Originally released by Paramount as part of the Grantland Rice "Sportlight" series, G.I. FUN FURLOUGH shows U.S. troops relaxing on leave in Manhattan and San Francisco during WWII.  The film shows Rockefeller Center (1:34), the Empire State Building, Coney Island Amusement Park (2:20) including a strength tester (2:30), the airplane ride, and more.  On the Pacific Coast, San Francisco is seen at 3:30 with its cable cars running up Nob Hill.  Female conductors are seen, a wartime...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, World War II, United States Armed Forces, War, New York City, WII,...
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Probably produced by the Canadian government as part of their outreach to French speaking citizens during WWII, this 1943-44 newsreel (a French version of an English original) features various segments. Predominately about supply, logistics and transportation, this film shows railroads, aircraft and trucks delivering war material to distant front lines in China, Europe, and Africa. At the 30 second mark, P-39 Airacobras are seen being turned over to the Russians. At the 1 minute mark, German...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, French, WWII, World War II, Schwienfurt, P-39
Made for pilot trainees by Wilding, this black & white, U.S. Navy film is about airplane attitude. It is one of a series of films made during WWII, to rapidly teach cadets the principles of flying. Copyright 1945. (N.B.: This version of the film was likely released after the end of WWII, as the end card has the Navy's post-WWII motto: "Keep the Fleet to Keep the Peace".) Opening titles: United States Navy Training Film - Primary Flight Training - Attitudes Of Flight (:06-:32)....
Topics: Flight, WWII, US Navy, Flight Training, Stearman Model, 75 Biplane, 1945, Stock Footage, Periscope...
Produced in 1945, "Hannibal Victory" documents the activities of the World War II Victory Ship S.S. Hannibal Victory, named after Mark Twain’s Mississippi River hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. Departing from San Francisco, the ship carries a cargo of eight steam locomotive engines and cars across the Pacific to the Philippines. The crew’s daily routines are portrayed along with occasional threats by Japanese vessels.  During World War II, 534 "Victory ships" were...
Topics: World War, World War II, Hannibal, victory Ship
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, Speeding Up the Attack: The Marshalls,  looks at the Allied campaign against the...
Topics: Crusade In The Pacific, World War II, WWII, Pacific Campaign, Battle Of Tarawa, Marshall Islands
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Produced in the 1950s, THE NAVY WAY was one of many films created by the service to instill a moral backbone in service personnel as part of an overall Navy Moral Standards and Character Education Program. The target for this film appears to be officers charged with leadership, who needed to deal with the attitudes, mixed backgrounds, and lack of motivation by blue jackets. With so many of the men in service having only a high school education, films like this one attempted to show officers how...
Topics: Campy, US Navy, 1950s, Officer Training, Discipline, The Navy Way, Stock Footage
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Narrated by Robert Montgomery, this 1956 U.S. Navy film follows the fleet, and in particular the destroyers escorts of the Naval Reserve, as they make a trip across the Atlantic for a European cruise to Spain and Portugal. The film shows all sorts of activities of the destroyer escort crews, beginning with starting up the boilers on the vessels. Refresher training is seen as well as new recruit training, even Marlinspike seamanship, as the ships get underway for Europe. The destroyer escort USS...
Topics: US Navy, European, Cruise, 1956, Naval Reserve, Destroyer, Escort, Stock footage
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This historic U.S. Navy film was made in the wake of the disastrous kamikaze attack and fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin in 1945, specifically to provide naval ship architects insight into the structural damage endured by the ship during the incident.  According to a truncated card at the head of the film, this forensic examination of the damage was made in hopes that future carriers might be made more resistant to damage.  USS Franklin (CV/CVA/CVS-13, AVT-8), nicknamed "Big...
Topics: USS Franklin, Aircraft Carrier, Kamikaze, U.S. Navy, Honshu, Essex Class Aircraft Carrier, World...
This compilation reel was made on behalf of the Treasury Department during WWII to sell Series E bonds, better known as "War Bonds". It shows various mentions of the 5th, 6th and 7th War Loan in the newsreel press, and was likely used to assess how the message was getting across and to gauge participation by various media. The Sixth War Loan Drive raised 21.6 billion dollars in November and December, 1944, and was followed by the Seventh War Loan Drive from May through June, 1945,...
Topics: WWII, World War II, US Treasury Department, War Bond Promo, Newsreel, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Presented by the Pacific Fleet Combat Camera Group, A Day In Westpac is a Vietnam War era film that gives viewers an overview of a typical day aboard the USS Oriskany in the Western Pacific. The film looks at members of the Navy performing routine operations and maintenance on the ship, as well as some other aspects of life on the “floating city.” The film opens with a shot of the Oriskany sailing on the Tonkin Gulf with the Seventh Fleet (00:30). A sailor wakes up and gets ready for call...
Topics: Westpac, USS Oriskany, CV-34, US Navy, Western Pacific, Stock Footage
Made in the wake of deadly accidents aboard the aircraft carriers USS Forrestal (CV-59), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and USS Oriskany (CV-34), this 1971 U.S. Navy safety film underscores that "Disasters Don't Just Happen".  The film examines the causes of accidents and looks for solutions to prevent similar things from happening in the future.  Three incidents are specifically examined.  First, the 1967 USS Forrestal fire was a devastating fire and series of chain-reaction explosions...
Topics: US Navy, Aircraft Carrier, Flight Deck Safety, Training Film, Disasters, Stock Footage
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This silent U.S. Navy film shows K-class blimps touching down on the deck of the escort carrier USS Mindoro for refueling.  The date this was shot was certainly after WWII, most likely in 1946.  K-class blimps were used extensively for ASW operations during WWII.   The K-class blimp was a class of blimps (non-rigid airship) built by the Goodyear Aircraft Company of Akron, Ohio for the United States Navy. These blimps were powered by two Pratt & Whitney Wasp nine-cylinder radial...
Topics: Escort Aircraft carrier, Blimp, World War II, Airship, K-Class Blimp, Goodyear Tire And Rubber...
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This fascinating 1943 U.S. Navy training film shows "How to Signal" using flag hoists, semaphore, and blinker to present morse code messages. The film was produced by F.H. Hargove of the Prior Motion Picture Company in New York and supposedly narrated by "Radcliffe Hall" (like a pseudonym for a radio announcer). A review in "Motor Boating" magazine noted that "the film shows pictorially how to learn the codes in the International Flag, Semaphore and Blinker...
Topics: US Navy, Signal Corps, Flag Semaphore, Blinker, Morse Code, Stock Footage
Made by the U.S. Navy at the height of the Cold War, this informative film chronicles the history of the Soviet Navy from the Czarist era through WWI, the Revolution, WWII, and the Cold War. The film begins with shots of the helicopter aircraft carrier Moscow / Moskva on its maiden voyage in the Mediterranean Sea in 1968. The Kashin class guided-missile destroyers, the world's first major ships built with gas turbine propulsion, are also shown along with Soviet nuclear submarines. These...
Topics: Cold War, US Navy, Soviet Navy, 1970s, USSR, Navy, Stock Footage