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Produced in 1938, this American newsreel shows the Anschluss -- the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in March 1938.  Austria was annexed into the German Third Reich on 12 March 1938. There had been several years of pressure by supporters in both Austria and Germany (by both Nazis and non-Nazis) for the "Heim ins Reich" movement. Earlier, Nazi Germany had provided support for the Austrian National Socialist Party (Austrian Nazi Party) in its bid to seize power from Austria's...
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Topics: Adolph Hitler, WWII, newsreel, Austria
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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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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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This WWII newsreel shows news events of early 1944, in particular the Allied landing in Anzio, Italy and the drive towards Rome.  It includes footage of the assault on Monte Cassino.  The second half of the film features footage from the Eastern Front as Russian forces take advantage of a mild winter to press Axis armies.  The offensive enters Croatia, Romania and Poland, and threatens to become a full scale rout. The Battle of Anzio, also known as Frontline of Anzio and Nettuno, took place...
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Topics: WWII, Anzio, Italy, D-Day, June 6 1944, Mark Clark, Monte Cassino
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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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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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Made by Ted Eshbaugh, who made six or more cartoons for various studios in the 30s and 40s, CAP'N CUB is a WWII propaganda cartoon that ballyhoos the U.S. Army Air Corps.   The cartoon starts out cute, but soon turns very politically incorrect by post-war standards. Cute little Cap'n Cub reviews a weapons parade, but wants more "planes, planes, planes!". A full production sequence follows, and the completed planes go off to fight the Japanese, and goes from cute to dark very quickly...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, 1943, WWII, Cartoon
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Produced in 1945, this WWII G.I. MOVIE WEEKLY is one of the original programs which were presented to members of the Armed Forces during World War II. This series of films, which reached our overseas forces for 204 weeks until October of 1945, included 1,042 features and 1,051 shorts. After WWII, the series continued commercially through the Army.   The first segment of this film is MANILA - U.S. TROOPS POUR IN FOR DRIVE TO JAPAN (00:00:35:00) is narrated by Dwight Weist. This segment starts...
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Topics: WWII, G.I, Movie Weekly, 1945, Manila, Liner SS Normandie, Stock Footage
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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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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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"Reunion in Berlin" was made to document events in July. 1951, when 200 to 300.000 Christians -- many of them under real risk of being persecuted by the Communists who embraced atheism -- rallied in Berlin to worship Christ. The rally included residents from East and West Berlin.  That same year major Communist Youth rallies occurred in the East.  It appears that the rally occurred in the Olympic stadium used in the 1936 games. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive,...
Topics: Cold War, East Berlin, West Berlin, Germany, Lutherans, Christians, Communism, WWII, 1951
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. An allied fleet, hunts and sinks a Uboat during WWII. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!   See something interesting?   Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the...
Topics: German Newsreel, U-Boat, WWII, World War II, US Navy, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the battle of the Philippines between Japan and the United States in October 1944 during WW2. Copyright is 1944. Opening: Brought To Action! Produced by the Office of Strategic Services in cooperation with the United States Navy (:06-:33). Pearl Harbor, October 23. Office of the Navy door. A telegram shows the second battle of the Philippines had begun. Battleships at sea. Men in a briefing room. Pilots head for their planes. Planes in formation...
Topics: Brought To Action, 1944, WW2, WWII, Japan, Philippines, US Navy, Stock Footage
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Made in 1960 by Arthur Barr, this film presents one of the earliest looks at the tremendous problem of Urban Sprawl. growth in single-family homes begin built outside cities. The growth of suburban regions is (according to the narrator) one of the biggest challenges facing the United States of the 1960s. The desertion of the metropolises' downtowns, and the explosion of suburban populations, was indeed a threat to the health of American cities. Highways, such as Los Angeles' 101 Freeway seen at...
Topics: 1860, Urban Sprawl, Suburbia, Post WWII, Housing Boom Vintage, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Released in 1945, when it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, The True Glory was a co-production of the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information. Directed by Carol Reed assisted by Garson Kanin, the film documents the victory on the Western Front, from D-Day at Normandy to the surrender of the Third Reich and V-E Day. The film features an introduction by Supreme Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, combat footage filmed by military photographers,...
Topics: True Glory, D Day, WWII, World War II, Europe, Eisenhower, Stock Footage
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Made in 1972 this Soviet film, presented in Russian, tells a brief history of the Communist party and has other segments as well.   To be honest we don't speak Russian so we are hoping someone out there will offer some more insight in the comments.   Some of the imagery in the film includes shots of Russia during the Communist Revolution and its aftermath.   Various scenes include mining (2:45) and industry (4:40), the 1935 Communist Congress (5:55),   WWI Russian troops (10:00) and more....
Topics: Soviet, Communist Party, Lecture, 1972, Russia, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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War Film #10, titled LIFE LINE, tells the story of the invasion of Rendova and Munda, and the suffering of Marines who fought against this Japanese outpost.   After a terrible Japanese counter-attack by aircraft, wounded Americans are seen at the 7:00 mark, and many are killed in action. This horrifying footage shows Marines lying in the mud, as their comrades try to give them proper burial on the battlefield.   At 8:30, field medical care is seen with plasma, quinine and sulfa being...
Topics: War Film, Invasion, Rendova, WWII, World War II, Medical Care, Stock Footage
An official film made by the War Department, Highballing to Victory is a short US propaganda movie made toward the end of World War II about the importance of material and transportation in the war effort.  The movie includes an emphasis on the story of tires, which proved vital for the war effort.  At the 5:50 mark tire "casualties" are seen with tires damaged or destroyed in accidents, from wear, or combat.  A B-24 crash is seen at 6:40, and other aircraft making ground loops and...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Red Ball Express, Highballing To Victory,...
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During WWII, with the war on and gasoline rationed nationwide, Shell Oil realized its gasoline dealers would need to differentiate themselves from other vendors.   So, they launched an ad campaign based on providing full service, in co-ordination with the War Department as a wartime marketing program.   This "Ground Crew Service" campaign compared the work of the service station attendant to that of an Army Air Corps crewman.   As part of the effort, 8 squadron emblems were issued...
Topics: Shell Oil, Company, Service Station, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
Created at the outset of America's entry into WWII, this Castle Film newsreel shows America as the "Arsenal of Democracy" producing men and materials for the war effort.   Basic training and testing of military equipment is shown, along with the construction of jeeps, tanks, ships, guns, planes, PT boats and other war material.   Some of the spectacular footage included shows tanks driving through buildings and over obstacles, soldiers fording rivers, exercises using horses,...
Topics: World War II, WWII, Stock Footage, Castle Films, Tanks, Boats, Ships, Guns, Basic Training
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Made in late 1945, THE ARMY NURSE is a short documentary propaganda film commissioned by the US military to highlight the role and contributions of army nurses.   The film opens with a combat scene in the summer of 1945, when the war becomes a million men old (presumably the Battle of Okinawa) one of the soldiers is show getting wounded and the scene goes woozy. The narrator notes "This is the time for you to decide what you're gonna be: a soldier that gets injured and dies, or a soldier...
Topics: 1945, WWII, World War II, US Army, US Army Nurse, Stock Footage
Shot by an unknown American who was part of the U.S. occupation forces in post-war Japan, this home movie shows a visit to the countryside and with the Sakiyama Family. It also shows part of a wedding ceremony, a fruit and vegetable farm, the process of replanting and harvesting rice, and the preparation to what's presumably Farmer's New Year (April 1st).  It is believed this film was shot because of, and contains images of, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger at the end. Eichelberger was a highly...
Topics: WWII, Japan, Home Movie, Robert Eichelberger, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Lest We Forget is a 1947 military documentary that consists of newsreels and government propaganda films, giving viewers a look at the fighting of World War II. The film opens with aerial footage of Berlin in the aftermath of Allied bombing attacks. Footage shows some of the city’s buildings and squares looking desolate. People celebrate the end of the war in Paris (01:33) and London (02:12). Soldiers march along beaches in England, preparing for the invasion of Normandy. LCVPs land on a...
Topics: Lest We Forget, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
One of the episodes of the pioneering TV show "The Greatest Drama", this black & white episode entitled "The Black Beret" is a portrait of British Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery. This is circa 1954. Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, (1887 – 1976), better known by his nickname "Monty" and "The Spartan General", served in the First World War, the Irish War of Independence and the Second World War. Opening: ticker tape parade in New York City....
Topics: The Black Beret, Biography, Field Marshall, George Montgomery, WWII, British General, Stock...
This silent film was released by Castle Films in 1940 for the home market. It shows the outbreak of "War in Europe" with the German invasion of Poland, which triggered a declaration of war by France and Great Britain.  The film begins with Hitler demanding the city-state of Danzig (:12).  Oppressed minorities flee Germany as refugees (:30).  Polish Army mobilizes (:48).  Poland closes German border (1:00).  Great Britain and France pledge to assist Poland and summon reserves...
Topics: War, Europe, 1939, Castle FIlm, WWII, Germany, Invasion, Poland, France, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This silent film footage is from the gun cameras of German fighter planes intercepting Allied aircraft including B-17s in the skies of Europe. The films were shot using recording 16mm cameras in the wings of the aircraft, and used to both verify kills and probables, as well as examine tactics used in combat.   The title card at :19 roughly translates as "Original footage of the defense of the Reich by hunter killer squadrons operating against bomber groups."   Each entry shows the...
Topics: 1944, German Gun Camera, WWII, World War II, Air Raids, Stock Footage
This is a silent film created by Excel as part of its “News of the World” series, which was created for the home market and sold through magazines. "News of the World" reported various news events from World War II. There were various editions, this one is from 1943. The film opens with a title card: Italian newsreel pictures show demonstrations against fascism at the beginning of the Badoglio government and the downfall of Mussolini. The film opens with unruly crowds in a Piazza...
Topics: 1943, Excel, Newsreel, Macarthur, Victory, Lae, Mussolini, Overthrown, WWII, Stock Footage,...
Coast Guard Auxiliary. Narrated by Bill Stern. (Member CGA Flotilla Number 302). A US Coast Guard Picture. This is a black and white, 1940s era film, produced by the United States Coast Guard. The purpose of the film is to show the effort and training auxiliary Coast Guardsmen undergo in order to serve the United States Coast Guard. The film opens with a man in a captain’s hat screwing a number plaque on the side of a boat. A small yacht launches into the water. Men load lifejackets onto a...
Topics: United States, Coat Guard, Auxiliary, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
One of 26 Private SNAFU (Situation Normal, All F*cked Up) cartoons made by the U.S. Army Signal Corps to educate and boost the morale of the troops. The SNAFU character was created by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Phil Eastman, and most were animated by Warner Brothers Animation Studios. They were voiced by actors including Mel Blanc and scored by Carl Stalling. In this episode, Private Snafu imagines the good times his family is having back home while he's stationed in the Arctic.
Topics: WWII, World War II, US Army, Cartoon, Private SNAFU, DR SEUSS, Stock Footage
Produced in the 1940s by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc., the Dodge Division of the Chrysler Corporation presented “Rubber River,” a color film that opens at mark 00:30 by stressing the importance of rubber during World War II. The war effort caused rubber shortages as the material was needed for mobile guns, aircraft, and countless other uses. With Asian supplies of rubber cut off, the United States turned to areas such as Nicaragua and Costa Rica for rubber. Noted adventurers Sullivan...
Topics: Rubber River, harvesting, Central America, Rubber, WWII, Pan American Highway, Stock Footage
Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter was a 1943 educational dramatic short produced by the United States Air Force during World War II. Its purpose was to instruct pilots in the Pacific theater about recognizing hostile planes at long distances and avoid friendly fire incidents. Most of the film is taken up with a short play in which a young pilot, portrayed by Ronald Reagan, is ordered on reconnaissance missions of the Pacific and encounters another plane which he can't tell is friendly or...
Topics: Recognition, Japanese Zero Fighter, WWII, World War II Stock Footage
This United States Navy Department film from 1944 is dedicated to naval aircraft workers and is brought to viewers by Pathe News Inc. for the Bureau of Aeronautics Production Division. The contributions and role of the aircraft industry are described, along with the number of Japanese warships that had been sunk by United States aircraft (01:30-02:01). Navy bombers were used to support the men of the 37th infantry division using precision bombing techniques. At 03:28, a map with directional...
Topics: WWII, Aircraft, Aircraft Workers Digest, Saipan, US navy, 1944
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This 1945 newsreel shows the final stages of World War II in Europe with American, British, Russian and allied forces descending upon the German heartland.  The seizure of Cologne is shown and the capture of the Rhine bridge (the Lundendorff Bridge) at Remagan.  The British, Canadian and American armies cross the Rhine (accompanied in this film by Churchill, who made a visit to the front) and the Western Front begins to collapse.  Rocket launchers are used in action by the United States....
Topics: WWII, newsreel, V-E Day, World War II, Eisenhower, Patton, Montgomery, Jodl, Wehrmacht, Berlin,...
In this classroom film from 1963, a filmmaker and an historian discuss the background issues leading into the beginning of World War II, starting with the Treaty of Versailles and ending with Germany’s invasion of Poland. A major lesson of the film is the familiar of the strategy of appeasement in preventing war. (TRT 16:15) Titles. Crane Brinton, Ph.D., the McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University (0:09) meets with a filmmaker who is using a 16mm projector to show...
Topics: WWII, World War II, 1963, Nazi Party, Fascism, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Fabulous "camera thrill" highlights from WWII features aerial and naval combat, a desperate battle on a South Pacific island between Japanese forces and assaulting U.S. Marines, paratroops, glider troops, a U-boat attack, gun camera footage of strafing and dog fights, plane crashes, and more.  "The motion picture camera has never been closer to the deadly fire of enemy guns than here ..." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic...
Topics: newsreel, U-boat, paratroops, WWII, World War II, combat, gun camera
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Created by Castle Films, this sound newsreel shows some of the significant news events of 1945.  Footage of the sinking of the British battleship HMS Barham -- an event that actually happened in 1941 but remained secret --- and the German V-2 rocket is shown.  The death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is seen including the funeral at Hyde Park, and President Truman speaks after V-E Day.  General Montgomery enters Copenhagen and General DeGaulle is shown in liberated Paris.  Rudolf...
Topics: V-2 Rocket, Victory In Europe Day, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hyde Park, Hermann Goering, Rudolph Hess,...
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Created during WWII by the Santa Fe Railroad, this exceptionally rare color film shows Santa Fe's contribution to the war effort.  After December 7th, 1941 the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company (AT&SF) pressed all available steam and diesel locomotives into action to assist with America's war efforts.  This included the transport of military equipment, freight, troops & other military personnel. The increased employment of women railroad workers is also detailed.
Topics: WWII, World War II, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Railroad, 1941, Stock Footage
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Shot by an American tourist who visited London in 1936, these silent 16mm home movies provide fascinating views of the great city on the verge of WWII.  Likely shot during a holiday, based on the lack of traffic, the film begins with images of Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column, and then show the London Bridge Wharf (1:00) and views of the Thames (1:20). The Tower of London is seen at (2:39), and the Tower Bridge at (3:30). The Plynth is seen at (4:25) and St. James Palace at (4:40)....
Topics: 1936, London, England, Trip, 16mm, Home Movies, WWII, Stock Footage
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Created in the immediate post-WWII period, this gorgeous color film shows the activities of U.S. Navy cadets at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  Some of the interesting segments in the film include an overview of the curriculum circa 1948, football games and sporting events, and a class visit with the fleet including the aircraft carrier USS Randolph. The United States Naval Academy (also known as USNA, Annapolis, or Navy) is a four-year coeducational federal service academy located...
Topics: U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, plebes, cadets, U.S. Navy, USS Randolph, WWII in color, stock footage
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RIG FOR ULTRA QUIET presents an overview of submarine warfare in WWII, and shows post-WWII submarine warfare activities. It especially focuses on early nuclear-capable guided missile submarine capabilities. The Soviet threat, then brought to the world's attention through the suppression of the Hungarian Revolution, is emphasized. Guppy type subs, including two Regulus guided missile boats USS Tunny and USS Barbero, along with nuclear submarines are shown undertaking a simulated Atlantic war...
Topics: US Navy, US Navy, Seapower, Submarine, WWII, Stock Footage
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This fragmentary film about Midway Island and Wake Island dates to the pre-WWII era, when both   were being used as a stop-over by Pan Am Clipper seaplanes and as USA military installations. The film begins with images of the famous Midway Gooney (albatross) birds before showing some of the activities that awaited visitors to the island: swimming, boating, and fishing. At 3:12 a group of visitors takes the "shortest railway in the world"   -- a narrow gauge railroad on Wake Island...
Topics: Midway, Midway island, 1930, Travelogue. Pre WWII
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Made in 1945, THE ALL STAR BOND RALLY was directed by Michael Audley and features Hollywood stars promoting the sales of War Bonds through songs and skits. The short subject film was produced by 20th Century Fox for the Department of the Treasury and presented by the Motion Picture Industry's War Activities Committee. The storyline follows radio's Fibber McGee and Molly as they attend the all-star bond rally of the title. The show is MC'd by veteran comedian Bob Hope, who of course tells some...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Bob Hope, Betty Grable, Harpo Marx, 1945, All Star Bond Rally
Attack! The Battle of New Britain is a documentary/propaganda film produced by the U.S. War Department in 1944, depicting events in 1943.. It details, as its name implies, the New Britain campaign, which was part of the New Guinea and Solomon Islands Campaigns during World War II. The film follows a rather standard format: it is a chronological narrative of the campaign from the arrival of the soldiers in New Guinea to their capture of most of the island. Opening with travelers book pictures of...
Topics: Stock footage, periscope Film, World War II, New Britain Campaign, War Department, Douglas...
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Produced in 1945 as part of the Sixth War Loan, this short War Bond film presents a haunting portrait of the cost of war.   As the narrator notes, every two and a half minutes — approximately equal to the amount of time spent watching the film — another American soldier has fallen in combat.   It contains horrific images of wounded and deceased American soldiers, including a naked corpse at the :50 second mark.   These gruesome images are contrasted with the work on the assembly lines of...
Topics: American War Dead, Casualties, World War II, WWII, War Bond, Stock Footage
Produced in 1945, this newsreel shows the invasion of Okinawa by U.S. Marines and the desperate battle that followed.  The second half of the film documents the fate of the aircraft carrier USS Franklin, which was hit by a kamikaze fifty miles off the coast of Japan and severely damaged. 800 of its complement were killed. The epic battle to save the ship was one of the most courageous moments in the history of the U.S. Navy during WWII. The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg, was...
Topics: newsreel, WWII, Okinawa, Pacific, Japan, United States, U.S. Navy, Ryukus, USS Franklin, kamikaze
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One in a series of films made by the U.S. Department of State for the Bicentennial in 1976, this film THE RELUCTANT WORLD POWER shows the history of U.S. foreign relations from 1914 when the nation was a neutral party, through the entry into the war, the armistice, and the role played by President Woodrow Wilson in the conflict and uncertain peace that followed. Includes the sinking of the RMS Lusitania and Wilson's work to found the League of Nations.   The film then continues through the...
Topics: History OF US, USA, World War I, WWI, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
This silent 16mm home movie shows the annual Macy's Day Parade in New York City. It likely shows at least two different years. The first segment is in b&w and features a turkey balloon at :21, a Columbus or possibly Mayflower float at :26,  Indian teepee float at :38, Indian balloon at :48, Pluto balloon at 1:08, Porky Pig (?) at 1:28, and Mickey Mouse balloon at 1:38. At 2:10 a trolley car rumbles down 34th Street as a large mouse balloon (evil Mickey?) is seen. At 2:41 Santa rumbles by...
Topics: Pre WWII, WWII, Macys, Thanksgiving Parade, Home Movie, Stock Footage
Our America is a short 1940s propaganda film from the Dodge Division Chrysler Corporation, narrated by Vincent Pelletier and produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc., that looks at what makes America great. The film opens with shots of kids at a park playing baseball, riding a merry-go-round, and swinging. The film then takes viewers to the office of The Argus. Inside, the editor talks to the paper’s printer about what makes America great. The film shows a montage of shots of America’s...
Topics: 1940s, Dodge, Chrysler, patriotic, America, World War II, WWII, Stock Footage
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Presented in Ukrainian, this Soviet-era documentary film shows battles on the Eastern Front in WWII.  It begins with combat in and near Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine in October of 1943.  This was part of the 1943 offensive and the second Battle of Smolensk (7 August–2 October 1943). Staged almost simultaneously with the Lower Dnieper Offensive (13 August–22 September), the offensive lasted two months and was led by General Andrei Yeremenko, commanding the Kalinin Front, and Vasily Sokolovsky,...
Topics: Russian World War II, World War II, WWII, Russia, Stock Footage
Yesterday’s Newsreel Ships For Peace is a black and white film created in the late 1940’s and early 1950s. This film is one of the episodes of “Yesterday’s Newsreels”, a TV show made of television highlights from the General Newsreel collection. In these films, vintage clips can be found of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. Narration of this film is done by Tom Hale, Roger Owens, and Sally Anderson, each having done 139 episodes over their career. 1918:...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, WWII, World War II, German U Boats, Gemany, Stock Footage
A 1960 black and white episode (#484) of the TV series “The Big Picture.” This, the first of two installments on the North African campaign of World War II, utilizes newsreel footage to illustrate the Western Desert campaign and the Battle of El Alamein (TRT 28:38). Title card: “Oran July 1940” over battleships at sea (0:21). French sailors in navy caps run across a dock. Battleships fire. Explosions in the water. A cannonade. Montage of naval combat (0:27). Frenchmen working on the...
Topics: 1960, The Big Picture, Battle Of North Africa, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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Made to educate anti-aircraft gunnery crews, aircraft spotters and airplane pilots and crews, this WWII identification film shows the features of the P-61 airplane.   The Northrop P-61 Black Widow, named for the American spider, was the first operational U.S. military aircraft designed specifically for night interception of aircraft, and was the first aircraft specifically designed to use radar. It was an all-metal, twin-engine, twin-boom design developed during World War II. The first test...
Topics: Northrop P-61, Black Widow, Airplane, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
This 1945 Technicolor film begins with images of photographs being developed, and goes on to tell the story of the combat photographers. Here at mark 0:31 is the U.S Coast Guard photography laboratory. From every battle front in World War II, endless photographs and motion picture films reports history in the making for the American people. All tell the story of the greatest struggle of time, a story recorded by anonymous men. The stories of these men are the dramatic events they cover as seen...
Topics: World War II, WWII, US Navy, Combat Photography, Stock Footage
This black & white educational film was made during WWII by the office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs as part of the USA's "good neighbor" policy. Produced by Julien Bryan, it is a profile of the city of Lima, Peru, with narration providing historical background and visuals showing the modern city as it appeared in 1944. The film depicts the nation of Peru as one on the rise, with modern hospitals, transportation systems, and a public university open to all students,...
Topics: Lima, Capital Of Peru, Andes Mountains, South America, 1944, Travelogue, WWII, World War II, Stock...
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Released in November of 1942, PATTERN FOR VICTORY shows scenes of the first year after American entry into World War II. It was produced by Paramount News. The film begins with Pearl Harbor, and civilians hearing the news of the bombing of the fleet by Japanese aircraft. President Roosevelt is seen addressing Congress on December 8, 1941. Men register for service and women operate machinery in war plants. Scenes on the American home front include gas rationing. Prime Minister Winston Churchill...
Topics: 1942, WWII, World War II, Pattern, Victory, Pearl Harbor, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational/promotional film is about post-WWII Paris, what it offers to you, and how it is coming back after the second World War. It was made in 1946 from A.F. Films. Opening titles: A. F. Films presents "Letter From Paris 1946" (:08-:36). Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, at night. Paris is the city of lights. Neon signs. Cars drive at night. People on bikes during the day. A woman drives a bicycle. A man hangs a bicycle. A woman walks, a horse walks, close on the...
Topics: Paris, France, 1946, Post WWII, World War II, Letter From Paris, Stock footage
This WWII film "Pacific Menace" was produced as part of the industrial incentive program by the War Department. Intended to be shown to workers at naval aircraft, munitions and supply factories and shipyards, it was "Dedicated to the Workers Who Supply the Navy’s Fighting Needs."  This black and white film recounts the US involvement in the war effort against Japan and specifically the Battle of Luzon in the Philippines, and then tells the story of how an American airbase...
Topics: Pacific Menace, WWII, US Naval Digest, 1945, Luzon, Philippines, China Front, Stock Footage
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 eight segments of historic highlights. The Hope for Peace 1919-1945. 1919.  President Wilson is greeted by General Pershing in France for the Paris Peace Conference creating the League of Nations. Also present in the Hall of Mirrors is England’s Prime Minister George. The four leaders stand together: Wilson, George, Orlando...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Peace, WWI, WWII, League Of Nations, Fire, Manila, Stock Footage
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Made in 1945 to promote the role of women in the war effort, "Mary Smith, American" features women working in an aircraft factory to assemble fighter, bomber and other aircraft in support of the war effort. Women are shown working as machinists, riveters, welders, and more — although most of the supervising personnel if not all, appear to be men.   The film compares Smith to a pioneer woman (at the 3:00 mark) and to Betsy Ross, for her heroic actions as a war worker.   The title...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Female Aviation Worker, Tribute, Rosie Riveter, Stock Footage
This color film is raw footage shot during World War II by United States servicemen in the Pacific Theater. It includes kamikaze attacks. The film ends with raw footage of Washington D.C. tourist sites. This is circa the mid 1940s. Opening: clouds in the sky, tracer gunfire aimed at enemy planes in the sky (:07). Smoke plumes in the sky, artillery continues to fire into the sky (:29). Enemy plane is seen on fire after being struck with AA gunfire (:46). Aerial footage of combat mission, firing...
Topics: WWII, Pacific Theater, TBM, Avengers, Kamikaze Attacks, Washington DC, 1940s, Stock Footage,...
Created in 1951, Crusade in the Pacific was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea, and air. In 26 separate 30-minute episodes, the documentary journals the World War II through stock footage along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis. This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, Part 11, "Attack in the Central Pacific: Makin and Tarawa," looks at the Allied campaign in the Gilbert Islands in the...
Topics: 1951, Crusade In The Pacific, WWII, Tarawa, Stock Footage
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Created by Theodore Andrica and narrated by him, CHILDREN OF EUROPE is an emotional, and disturbing portrait of post-WWII Europe.   It shows the plight of the youngest survivors of the war, including the many orphans and Jewish concentration camp victims who outlasted the conflict and now face uncertain futures.   Andrica's film, which was funded by the Cleveland Press, represents a plea for support for organizations like the Red Cross which was actively working to return children to school...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Aftermath, 1947, Europe, Stock Footage
This reel of silent 16mm film consists of color and b&w American home movies shot in the mid-to-late 1940s and through the 1950s or early 1960s.  It also contains footage shot during or immediately after WWII by the same (unknown) cameraman. The film presents a several decade slice of American life, including life in suburbia. Some of the more interesting segments are from WWII era, including aerial footage and a flight with a 3-star General, and recreation at a guarded beach on a military...
Topics: WWII, Post War, Home Movies, Suburban Living, Picnic, African American Maid, Michigan Famil, Stock...
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Made during WWII by the British Ministry of Information, CAMERAMEN AT WAR was produced by the Realist Film Unit with support of various newsreel companies, the armed services film units and the Trustees of the Imperial War Museum. Compiled by Len Lye, This film tells the story of British newsreel and combat cameramen under battle conditions compiled by Len Lye. The film begins with rare footage from World War I of tanks in action, and includes a few scenes from the 1914-1918 war including famed...
Topics: Cameramen At War, WWII, British Ministry Of Information, 1918, 1940, 1914 Len Lye
Made by the War Department during World War II, this training film was intended to be shown to airmen in training. It shows the regiment used to train airmen and the type of instruction that's given over the course of the cadet program. The aircraft shown is the Vultee Valiant BT-13 or BT-15.   The Vultee BT-13 Valiant was an American World War II-era basic trainer aircraft built by Vultee Aircraft for the United States Army Air Corps, and later US Army Air Forces. A subsequent variant of the...
Topics: WWII, World War II, US Army, USAF, Training Film, BT-13
Created in 1947 by Belmont Pictures Inc., this film for Los Angeles Transit Lines (the post-WWII moniker for the Los Angeles Railway and bus lines) is entitled "It’s a Big Job". It was created to recruit drivers, motormen and conductors. The film's script was written by Eric Strutt, produced by Dan Downer and photography by William Wooten. The film is narrated by actor Alexander Scourby, who also stars. It was directed by J. Richard Westen. The movie opens with text indicating it is...
Topics: 1947, Los Angeles, Trolley, Post WWII, Transit Lines, Stock Footage
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Ceci est la version française du film britannique de guerre " Femmes en temps de guerre " montrant des femmes Anglais siégeant en tant que pilotes , les travailleurs de la protection civile , des membres des services d'incendie et ambulanciers , et que les travailleurs des usines de munitions et des fermes . Comme le narrateur dit : . «Partout où les femmes d'aujourd'hui en uniforme sont engagés à faire des emplois pour soulager les hommes pour les postes de danger Dans le kaki...
Topics: War, Edward VII, Elizabeth II, Women In Wartime, British Propaganda Film, United Kindom, World War...
Made in 1944, "Curiosity Killed a Cat``is a training film with a difference.  It's a graphic explanation of what happens when soldiers discover unexploded shells and decide that duds would make terrific souvenirs. While the ensuing explosions aren`t exactly laugh-getters, the interaction between the scolding sergeant and his incredibly stupid subordinate, who delights like a child at each unexploded round, is practically a Three Stooges routine. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topics: Army, Unexploded ordnance, United States Army, World War, WW2, WWII, World War II
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Dating to February 12, 1945, the 69th issue of the Army Air Force's Combat Digest features several fascinating segments.  First, the use of small planes to carry wounded in and out of combat areas on Leyte, in the Philippines.  This was the 159th Liaison Squadron which saw combat during the Philippines Campaign (1944–45) with the 3d Air Commando Group. Flying unarmed Stinson L-4 and L-5 Grasshopper and UC-64A Norseman light aircraft, the squadron flew courier and aerial reconnaissance...
Topics: L-4 Aircraft, Stinson Aircraft Company, Liaison Squadron, Paratrooper, Philippine Campaign, United...
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One of the Treasury Department's most extraordinary War Bonds promotional films, "Who Died?" was produced by the Office of Strategic Services, and written by author Betty Smith who wrote "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."  The film features five dramatized sequences showing boys and young men in various roles in the home life. After each sequence the battlefield death of each -- now in uniform -- is shown answering the question, "who died?"   Born on December 15, 1896...
Topics: A tree Grows In Brooklyn, Betty Smith, WWII, War Bonds, World War II, Office Of Strategic Service,...
Entitled SNAFU, this wonderful WWII training film is part of the "Fighting Men" series, designed to psychological prepare troops for the rigors of combat and Army life.  It features various scenarios about SNAFUs -- situation normal, all fouled up (or "f-d" up!)  As the narrator says "in war, the abnormal is normal.  You can't predict the turns of battle."  Rifles can jam, bridges will not be ready, food won't be delivered on time.  The point of the film is...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Training Film, SNAFU, African American In WWII
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This Soviet film looks back on the bitter fighting in the Eastern Front of World War II.  It features a great deal of footage of the ill-fated German advance into central Russia in 1942, and the Red Army during its Winter offensive in 1943.  Activities by partisans are shown at the 2:30 mark, and some of their work sabotaging rail lines and burning German supply dumps is shown.  At 3:20, Soviet factories are shown churning out tanks and aircraft.  Russian general staff are seen at the 4:00...
Topics: Soviet War, Russia, Memorial Film, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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reated in 1943, PANTELLERIA is a confidential Army Air Forces film featuring Gen. Jimmy Doolittle that details the raid in support of Operation Corkscrew. Corkscrew was the code name for the Allied invasion of the Italian island of Pantelleria (between Sicily and Tunisia) on 11 June 1943, prior to the Allied invasion of Sicily during the Second World War. The radar installations and airfield on the island were seen as a real threat to the planned invasion of Sicily. The Italian garrison on the...
Topics: Army Air Forces, Raid, WWII, World War II, Pantelleria, Stock Footage
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Made by the Walt Disney Company during WWII for the U.S. Navy, ICE FORMATION ON AIRCRAFT was part of a series of films and booklets in the "Aerology Series" produced by the Bureau of Aeronautics Training Division, Navy Department, Washington D.C. for Naval Aviation Cadets. (The film was later re-made after the war, with the graphics updates to reflect more modern aircraft.) Each section of the film deals with a type of ice and its ramifications for aircraft. The film features flight...
Topics: Walt Disney, US Navy, Ice Formation, WWII, Animated Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This fascinating 1945 newsreel shows the battle for the Philippines, as U.S. forces under the command of General Douglas MacArthur launch an assault on the island of Leyte.  The battle resulted in a U.S. and Filipino victory. The Allies had taken control of all strategically and economically important locations of Luzon by March 1945, although pockets of Japanese resistance held out in the mountains until the unconditional surrender of Japan. While not the highest in US casualties, it is the...
Topics: newsreel, WWII, Japan, Philippines, MacArthur, Marines, Mt. Suribachi, Manila, Battle of Leyte,...
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Dating to 1953, "Paris the Ageless City" was produced by Arthur Wolfe, released by Young America Films and made by the Centron Corporation.  The film shows the City of Light in the post-WWII era, with its tree lined avenues, cobble stone streets, bikes, taxis, and buses.  The Seine River, Notre Dame, Sacre Couer cathedral, the Louvre (2:30),  and many other sights are shown. Special treatment is given to the Eiffel Tower starting at the 6:15 mark. It includes shots from the Tower...
Topics: 1953, Paris, France, Travelogue, Eiffel, Ageless City, Post WWII Era, City Of Light, Stock Footage
Heritage of the Hornet is a short 1970s film from McDonnell Douglas that looks at the heritage of the McDonnell Douglas F-18 Hornet—a heritage that is a history of naval ships, starting with the first Hornet in 1775 up through the eighth Hornet, which was decommissioned in 1970. The film opens with shots of the ocean, waves rolling in and hitting against rocks, and U.S. Navy ships at sea. A plane takes off from an aircraft carrier (01:22). Marines march in full uniform. An aerial view shows a...
Topics: Heritage, USS Hornet, 1970, WWII, World War II, F-18 Hornet, Stock Footage
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'My Japan' is a 1945 American anti-Japanese propaganda short film produced to spur sale of American war bonds. The film takes the form of a mock travelogue of Japan, presented by an impersonated Japanese narrator.   The film was produced by the War Finance Division, a division of the United States Office of War Information, which was responsible for promoting the sale of all securities offered to the public by the Treasury Department. The 1945 United States Government Manual outlines their...
Topics: World War II, WWII, Anti Japanese Propaganda Film, 1945, Japan, Stock Footage
The ‘US News Review’ films were produced by the Office of War Information (:10). This was a government organization created during WW2 that used media forms such as film, radio broadcasts, newspapers and others as a way to connect the battlefront to civilian communities. This is issue #3 and opens with the ‘Plywood Bomber’ also known as the de Havilland Mosquito (:24). It is seen being inspected by de Havilland officials (:29). The fuselage was constructed with two plywood skins and a...
Topics: WWII, World War II, News Review, Mosquito, Airplane, Stock Footage
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Touting “America’s fighting ally, China,” during World War II, this 21-minute film focuses on the Nationalist Chinese and their part in WW2. Although the film begins with   the war in Europe and “a new messiah of murder and plunder,” Adolf Hitler, who is introduced at mark 01:08, the viewer is then introduced to Japan, an enemy most American’s had failed to take seriously until December 7, 1941, as recalled at mark 03:36. Recounting the sacrifices made by various nations prior to...
Topics: China, Western Front, WWII, World War II, Chinese, National Army, Stock Footage
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Produced by the Public Service Company of Northern Illinois, this 1944 film shows farm life in northern Illinois during wartime. The film is broken into a number of sections (dairy, beef, sheep, hog, poultry, truck farming, ideas at work, youth, and family) and looks at the ways the various farming families of northern Illinois use electric-powered machines to enhance their productivity and improve quality of life during wartime. The film opens with a montage of shots of a number of northern...
Topics: Farm Life, Illinois, Wartime, WWII, Food, 1944, Stock Footage
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This film, part of the Army Screen Magazine, features two segments. The first has an interview with Captain Ruth E. Parsons, who worked as a nurse on the embattled island of Corregidor during the first Battle of the Philippines. This incredible woman later became the model for the Nurse's Memorial statue at Arlington National Cemetery. Parsons recounts the collapse of the U.S. Army on Bataan and Corregidor, and the gallant service by the Marines as they fought against overwhelming odds to stave...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Corregidor, Philippines, Douglas MacArthut, Nurses Memorial,...
The True Glory: From D-Day to V-E Day (1945) is a co-production of the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information, documenting the victory on the Western Front, from Normandy to the collapse of the Third Reich.   Although many individuals, including screenwriter and director Garson Kanin, contributed to the film, British director Carol Reed is normally credited as the director. The film was promoted with the tagline, "The story of your victory...told by the guys...
Topics: True Glory, WWII, Europe, World War II, D Day, 1945
This film is of the series ‘Weekly Digest’ which aired during WW2 and provides footage of the A-26 as well as footage from WW2 fronts. It opens with the Douglas A-26; a twin-engine light bomber and ground attack air craft (:44). The A-20 it replaced is shown (:52). In England, a bomber group makes a changeover and prepares to return to its home base in France (:59). The craft’s all-purpose nose is pointed to (1:07). Within the cockpit, the pilot adjusts the controls (1:38) and the...
Topics: 1945, USAFF, Weekly Digest, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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These raw film "dailies" are from the 1943 Clark Gable documentary film "Combat America".   Although silent, they provide some interesting insight into the making of one of the iconic propaganda films of WWII.   Some of the material seen herein was utilized in the finished movie and some was not...   Combat America is a 1943 Allied propaganda film of World War II that came about through orders given to one of Hollywood's brightest stars: "1st Lieutenant Clark Gable...
Topics: Clark Gable, WWII, World War II, Combat America, 1943, Stock Footage
This World War II era, color, silent home movie features snippets of civilian life shot by ordinary American citizens in daily life in Washington, DC. It likely dates to 1944-1946, but unfortunately we don't know the precise year. The film opens with a man and a woman playing beneath a tree blossoming in springtime. Springtime blossoms surround the neighborhood. A man and two women walk down the street joyfully: 30. Three women wave to the camera: 43. A man and a woman play with a dog: 55....
Topics: Washington DC, WWII, Era Home Movie, Christmas Trees, Arlington National Cemetery, Stock Footage
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Created for the U.S. Navy by the Treasury Dept. as part of the 6th War Loan drive, PHOTOGRAPHY FIGHTS is a docudrama that showcases the role of a naval photographic interpretation team in theater.   The film begins and ends with a "typical" American couple who openly doubt the value of photography in the war, and then shows an interpretation team working on the front lines at Guadalcanal in the Pacific. An aerial photograph is analyzed to reveal that Japanese troops are constructing...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Photography, US Navy, Guadalcanal, 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, "Palau: The Fight for Bloody Nose Ridge" looks at the brutal effort to take...
Topics: Crusade In The Pacific, Palau, New Guinea, WWII, U.S. Marine Corps, Pacific Campaign
This 1945 black-and-white combat bulletin highlighting the European Theater of Operations has multiple segments. A formation of Douglas DC-3 (Dakota in the RAF) flies over Belgium. A damaged plane slowly descends and crashes; it’s crew parachuting down. Tanks pass over bridges. The convoy approaches Nijmegan, Netherlands. The bridge over the Waal River remains intact as British engineers remove the charges Germans left behind (:15-2:31). British and American air forces in North Africa plan...
Topics: 1945, WWII, ETO, Combat Bulletin, Holland, Stock Footage
This silent, historic German film produced during WWII by UFA is titled "U-boats on patrol". It shows U-boats operating in Wolfpacks, hunting Allied convoys during the Battle of the Atlantic. At the start of the film at :25, a Type IX U-boat is seen preparing to go on a mission. A band :39 plays as the submarine comes to port for a deployment ceremony. At :14 multiple U-boats head out to sea and the watch is manned. At 1:28 an Allied convoy is spotted and the boat crash dives (1:42)...
Topics: WWII, German U Boat, Atlantic, German Newsreel, Germany, Stock Footage
Prepared for the home market, this silent WWII era Excel Newsreel was sold in Sears and other department stores for viewing by the American public.  The film shows Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Italy in 1943, and contains some great shots of General George S. Patton in command of invasion forces.   Operation Husky, was a major World War II campaign, in which the Allies took Sicily from the Axis Powers (Italy and Nazi Germany). It was a big amphibious and airborne operation,...
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Life-Line of the Nation is a short film from the Association of American Railroads and produced by Carl Dudley in the mid-1940s (most likely 1944) that shows how America’s railroads are ensuring the defense of the nation by meeting the transportation needs of a country mobilized for war. The film opens with a shot of a train moving through snowy terrain. Off in the distance, a train goes over a bridge (01:22). There are several shots of various trains moving along tracks. At the U.S. Capitol...
Topics: WWII, Railroads, Railroads, 1944, American Railroads, Stock Footage
Created in 1947 by Belmont Pictures Inc., this film for Los Angeles Transit Lines (the post-WWII moniker for the Los Angeles Railway and bus lines) is entitled "It’s a Big Job". It was created to recruit drivers, motormen and conductors. The film's script was written by Eric Strutt, produced by Dan Downer and photography by William Wooten. The film is narrated by actor Alexander Scourby, who also stars. It was directed by J. Richard Westen. The movie opens with text indicating it is...
Topics: 1947, Los Angeles, Railway Trolley, WWII, Post WWII, Stock footage
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This 1944 documentary directed by Stuart Heisler and produced by Frank Capra as part of the United States Army’s First Motion Picture Unit for The Department of War uses techniques of Hollywood filmmaking and propaganda to stir enthusiasm for the World War II Allied effort, making a case for African Americans enlistment at a time when the armed forces were still officially segregated.   Opening titles. “The War Department Presents, The Negro Soldier, with the cooperatioon of the Signal...
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This historic silent film shows operational tests of the Interstate TDR-1 Torpedo Drone in the Pacific in 1944.  The Interstate TDR was an early unmanned combat aerial vehicle — referred to at the time as an "assault drone" — developed by the Interstate Aircraft and Engineering Corporation during the Second World War for use by the United States Navy. Capable of being armed with bombs or torpedoes, 2000 aircraft were ordered, but only around 200 were built. The type saw some...
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Made during World War II as an industrial incentive film -- a propaganda film made to encourage war plant workers in their daily tasks -- ANGEL IN OVERALLS presents a look at the construction and performance of the Lockheed P-38 "Lightning". The film shows   P-38 fork tail devils in combat, flying aerial surveillance and intelligence missions, and more. The film features images of ace pilot Major Dick Bong at 7:01, and shows the aircraft's innovative features including the tricycle...
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This silent home movie shows Palm Beach, Florida in 1941, prior to the United States entering WWII but well into the U-boat campaign against British shipping.  On the beach you'll see the wreckage of a destroyer or escort vessel that was likely the victim of a submarine attack.  Also in this footage are scenes of the liner SS Manhattan, later known as the transport USS Wakefield.  On January 11 of 1941, the Manhattan ran aground 300 yards off the beach roughly ten miles outside of Palm...
Topics: WWII, Palm Beach, Florida, USS Wakefield, SS Manhattan
One of filmmaker Carl Dudley’s earliest creations, Life Line of the Nation is a portrait of America's railroads during World War II. Here logistics are revealed to be one of the keys to victory.  The film begins prior to the war, as meeting is held with members of the military and railroad officials. They are planning their strategy “should war come.” Shortly thereafter, an NBC broadcaster announces the attack on Pearl Harbor. A bit later, there is a teletype with the date 2/9/44 and a...
Topics: railroad, WWII, train, transportation, steam engine, locomotive, military, logistics