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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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This travelogue film of a holiday trip to Europe in mid-1950s was produced by Norman Schley, a filmmaker from Wisconsin who often presented and narrated his films in front of a live audience. This print does not have any extant narration, but the soundtrack remains. Includes footage from Portugal, Italy, Holland, Luxembourg, Paris, and London. Title screen of “Filmorama Holiday”, a “Picturelogue” presentation (0:37). Written/edited by Jack Camp (0:45). Narrated by Norman E. Schley...
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Topics: Norman Schley, 1950s, Europe, Travelogue, Portugal, Italy, Holland, France, England, Paris, London,...
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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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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.
This short film from The March of Time's classroom film series gives viewers a look at India during the World War II era. The film opens with footage of soldiers marching out of a building. Other opening shots of India include the Gateway of India, Jama Masjid (00:59) where Muslims pray, and people on the banks of the Ganges (01:20). A man sings while walking down a street. People bathe in the Ganges River. People carry a statue of a god down a street during a religious procession. Men place a...
Topics: British Empire, India, Travelogue, Ganges River, Mahatma, Ghandi, Stock Footage
Produced in 1942 by the American group called United China Relief, "This is China" uses newsreel and travelogue footage to present a portrait of "our friends and allies" -- the Chinese people. United China Relief was founded in 1941 in New York City for the purpose of raising funds to aid the Chinese people during times of national crisis. The main function of United China Relief was to provide funds for the relief and rehabilitation of the Chinese people. Ancillary goals...
Topics: China, World War II, Rape Nanking, Shanghai Greenland F.C, Refugee, War Crime, Propaganda Film
This fascinating silent color film from World War II shows a variety of rockets produced by the United States for use in the conflict.  Many of these weapons were developed at Caltech, and the film shows some of the work done there to perfect these systems.  Various launch platforms are shown including small craft such as the LCI and the LCM, and aircraft of various kinds including the Navy's Harpoon.   The 5-inch Forward Firing Aircraft Rocket or FFAR was an American rocket developed during...
Topics: World War II, Aircraft, Rocket, Folding Fin, High Velocity Aircracrt Rocket, privateer airplane
Created by Encyclopedia Brittanica in the late 1930s, this black & white educational film is about the country of Chile with a focus on the nation's rich natural resources and principal cities including Santiago. The film uses the device of a family visit, involving a family called the McKennas, to propel its narrative. The McKenna family has a historical link to the nation of Chile:  Brigadier Juan Mackenna (b. 1771) was an Irish-born, Chilean military officer and hero of the Chilean War...
Topics: 1930s, Chile, South America, Travelogue, Santiago Copper Industry, Nitrate Prodcution, Stock...
This silent, confidential film from WWII shows tests of various 4.5" B.R. launchers at Camp Pendelton, California on Jan. 19, 1944. It's not entirely clear what the abbreviation "B.R." stood for, but these are clearly multiple artillery rocket launchers similar in some ways to the Russian Katyusha system. According to a website, the type 36 rocket launcher could be easily installed on a Jeep and featured armored plating to protect the driver. This plating can be seen in the...
Topics: WWII, World War II, M-8, 1944, Stock Footage
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Created shortly after WWII, this film tells the story of the destroyer escorts and their service in the U.S. Navy.  These were fast and maneuverable ships that cost half of what a conventional destroyer cost, and could perform all the same rolls.  The film shows the construction and launch of various ships including USS McConnell (DE-163), USS Frament (DE-677) and USS Brennan (DE-13) during WWII.  These "hellcats of the fleet" are then shown preparing for sea duty and making a...
Topics: destroyer escort, U.S. Navy, DE, WWII, World War II, Battle of the Atlantic, anti-submarine...
This silent movie shows the ships of the Royal Navy just prior to WWII and includes footage of destroyers throwing depth charges, an aircraft carrier with Fairey Swordfish torpedo planes and other aircraft conducting mock dive bomb and torpedo attack exercises (1:30 mark), anti-aircraft defenses (3:15 mark), HMS Havock laying down a smoke screen (5 minute mark), the battleships HMS Rodney and HMS Nelson (6 minute mark), and various crew exercise and entertainments including boxing aboard ship....
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Royal Navy, Silent Film, World War II, Aircraft Carrier, Fairey...
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Produced in 1951, "The Waking Point" is a British Civil Defense film aimed at increasing recruitment to the now defunct Civil Defense Corps.   The narrative of the story is set around an “every man” character in Joe Mercer who comes to realize that civil defense is universal after a mishap with his son getting trapped in a sandpit. At the end of the film he realizes there is “still time” to train in civil defense after he dreams about WWIII being declared before he’d...
Topics: British Civil Defense, 1951, Sandpit, WWII. World War II, Stock Footage
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Dailies from the Clark Gable documentary film "Combat America" shot in WWIIThese 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…   some wonderful material including at 2:30 a wrecked B-17, a tail gun in action at the...
Topics: Clark Gable, World War II, WWII, Raw Footage, Combat America, Stock Footage
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A British Ministry of Information Second World War film, released by the Office of War Information, about Dover during 1942. This version for US consumption is narrated by the American journalist and media figure, Edward R. Murrow.   Features:   Dunkirk Evacuation Winston Churchill The Mayor Dover Town Hall St Martin's Battery "Look-a-like" Pencester Gardens.   This World War Two (WWII, WW2) film gives a resume of the Battle of Britain and Dunkirk Evacuation, 'current' Royal Navy...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Dover, British Ministry Of Defense, 1942, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1943, THE WAR FOR MEN'S MINDS was produced in 1943 by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and released in the USA by United Artists as part of the wartime The World in Action series. The film was produced by Stuart Legg . The War for Men's Minds describes the impact of propaganda from the Axis powers in 1943, during the Second World War.   The film shows how in 1943, Allied forces are confronting a sophisticated means of war, the propaganda campaign that the Axis powers employ....
Topics: WWII, World War II, Stock Footage, 1943, Propaganda Film, Nazis
Made in 1958, "Isles of the Caribbean" is a colorful travelogue film of the Caribbean including Haiti, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Curacao, Dominica, pre-revolutionary Cuba, and other nations.  Rather than show the countries individually, this film shows the region as a whole, intercutting footage from different locations and unifying them with steady narration and a score by Robert Woolridge.  The sugar and other industries are shown, as well as historic...
Topics: Pan America Airlines, Travelogue, Caribbean, 1960's, Dominican Republic, Havana, Port Of Spain,...
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Produced by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in support of the 7th War Loan, "Voice of Truth" is a terrific examples of a WWII propaganda film.  "Voice of Truth" uses a Tokyo Rose broadcast as its conceit, to remind the audience of the stakes in the war.  Tokyo Rose (alternative spelling Tokio Rose) was actually a generic name given by Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II to any of approximately a dozen English-speaking female broadcasters of Japanese...
Topics: Tokyo, World War II, Propaganda Film, Film, Treasury Department, Japan, WWII
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "The Navy Holds" examines early U.S. Navy operations in World War II. It...
Topics: Crusade In The Pacific, World War II, WWII, Battle Of The Coral Sea, Battle Of Midway, New...
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "The U.S. and the Philippines" looks at the relations between the United...
Topics: Corregidor Island, December 7, Bataan Death March, World War II, Pacific Campaign, Philippines
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Produced by the governments of the USA and Britain, "Eve of Battle" is a photographic record of the Allied Expeditionary Forces as they embarked upon the D-Day landings in Occupied France.  Starts with amazing footage of German bunkers and coastal installations, and shows the formation of the gigantic invasion force with its multi-national components.  The film concludes with vivid footage of June 6, 1944 and the invasion force arriving on the beaches.   This film is part of the...
Topics: World War, Invasion, Newsreel, World War II, Normandy Landing, England Channel
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Shot in the early 1940s, SUMMERTIME IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK is a silent travelogue that presents a series of gorgeous Kodachrome color views of the park including of course El Capitan, Mirror Lake, Yosemite Falls, Vernal and Nevada Falls, the Mariposa Grove of Sequoias including the Grizzly Giant, and more.   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...
Topics: 1940s, 1930s, Yosemite, Park, Redwoods, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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The United States Navy gave viewers a look at “Sea Power in the Pacific” during World War II in this nearly 30-minute film. The film opens in 1931 China as Japanese bombs rain down from the sky. The horrors of war are shown in grim detail at mark 01:05, including the murder and mass burial of Chinese civilians. Japan was poised to control all of the Pacific and the resources of the East Indies, including its oil and rubber. “The only power the Japanese aggressor had to face,” we’re...
Topics: Sea Power In The Pacific, WWII, World War II, US Navy, Stock Footage
Hastily created immediately after Pearl Harbor, DEMOCRACY IN ACTION was released by the Department of Agriculture to encourage greater productivity in the nation's farm belt.  The movie describes how the last two years have set productivity records for United States agriculture, but that more work is needed given the desperate demands of the looming conflict.  From cotton (4:25) used to make uniforms and bandages, to meat and grain used to feed troops or the tobacco the troops smoke, the film...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Agriculture, Cattle, Tabacco, Dairy Industry, World War II
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: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Film, Photography, World War II, Aerial Photgraphic And Satellite...
This black & white film military training film "How to Get Killed in One Easy Lesson" was shown to infantry recruits during WWII. It is part of a series of "Fighting Men" films, designed to reinforce principles taught in field training. In this case, the film focuses on how careless behavior -- leads to death.  Copyright 1943. Opening: Official Training Film - Fighting Men - How to get killed in one easy lesson (:08-:35). American soldiers advance in a jungle, they...
Topics: Fighting Men, WWII, World War II, 1943, Army Ground Forces, Training Film, Stock Footage
One of a series of black & white educational films distributed by "Films of the Nations", "Scottish Rhapsody" presents the country of Scotland. This is circa 1953, and directed by Austen West, and produced by Maurice Groen. Titles: Films of the Nations presents Scottish Rhapsody (:06-:44). Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh is Scotland's compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the...
Topics: 1950s, Travelogue, Scottish Rhapsody, Edinburgh, Stock Footage, Scotland
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This black & white educational film is about Gibraltar. This was made in 1934. Gibraltar, a British overseas territory occupying a narrow peninsula of Spain's southern Mediterranean coast, is just northeast of the Strait of Gibraltar. It’s dominated by the Rock of Gibraltar, a 426m-high limestone ridge.   Opening titles: RKO Radio Pictures presents Gibraltar - Vagabond Adventure Series. A Van Beuren Production (:06-:38). Turning our backs on the atlantic as we enter the Mediterranean...
Topics: 1930s, Gibraltar, Travelogue, Rock Of Gibraltar, Mediterranean, Stock Footage
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In the 1945 Department of the Navy film, DAMAGE CONTROL describes the effect on the metacenter of changes in the value of "G" relationship of metacenter height with range of stability, and initial stability in terms of displacement. At (00:00:50:00) , we see a pontoon stability experiment, and the metacenter’s effect on buoyancy. Vintage footage of American sailors and ships at port can be seen at (00:06:12:00). More vintage footage of ships at sea appears at (00:08:30:00) and...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Damage Center, Training Film, Metacenter, Stability, Stock Footage
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Awkwardly introduced by the Maharaja Farodha, an internationally known sportsman and the owner of Princely Travels, this charming and rare travelogue film produced by Durga Khote Productions, shows views of the modern India of the 1960s. It includes the Sun and Sand hotel in Bombay at the 3:30 mark, the fortress of Golkonda at the 5 minute mark, hunting endangered Indian tigers by safari at the 5:40 mark, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam at the 6:44 mark, religious shrines and temples at Hyderabad at 7:50....
Topics: 1960s, India, Travelogue, Jewels, Princely, Travel, Stock Football, Stock Footage
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Made by famed filmmaker Andre De La Varre, whose "Screen Traveler" series was popular in the USA and often shown in movie theaters, ANCIENT CITIES OF SOUTHERN FRANCE shows the Roman, Visigoth and other ancient structures of the South of France. These include castles made and fortified over many centuries in the Pyrenees, walled cities, the Pont Du Gard, Avignon, St-Remy-de-Provence, Arles, Nimes, Narbonne, Perpignan, Aigues Mortes, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Sommieres, Carcassonne,...
Topics: Ancient Cities, Southern France, 1930s, Travelogue, Marseille, Stock Footage
This travelogue film, presented by Castle Films was one of a series sold for the home market called "The World Parade". They were commonly sold in department stores and camera shops. This film shows Glacier National Park,  a 1,583 square mile wilderness area in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, as it appeared in the 1940s. It includes shots of the area’s landscape including some of the glaciers and valleys. The Rocky Mountains are viewed through trees (:25). The park sits near the...
Topics: Castle Films, 1945, Travelogue, Glacier National Park, Montana, Rocky Mountains, Stock Footage
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1930’s TRAVELOGUE FILM “PORT O’ CALL, CITY OF DAVID” This film takes viewers on a tour through Jerusalem in the 1930’s and present the various types of religions which use the area for pilgrimage. In the film it presents Jerusalem as belonging to Palestinian territory, though today it is currently Israeli territory. It was produced by William M. Pizor (:17) and is of the Port O’ Call film series. It opens with an expansive view of the city from a hilltop (1:06). Jerusalem sits on...
Topics: 1930s, Travelogue, Port O Call, City Of David, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent newsreel shows the Caucus front and in particular the ascent of Mt. Elbrus on the border of Southern Russia and Georgia. The film starts with a situational map before showing Axis allied troops in the forests with both horses and camels. At 1:30 mountain troops move up into the snow line. At 2:40 parts of a large artillery piece are assembled and the piece is then readied. At 3:00 mountain troops advance high up Elbrus. At 4:00 a...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Mt. Elbris, GErman Newsreel
-although it is 70 years old, this video contains some graphic content of the effects of venereal disease, that some persons may find disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised- -although it is 70 years old, this video contains some graphic content of the effects of venereal disease, that some persons may find disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.Made during WWII by the U.S. Government, SEXUAL HYGIENE is a disturbing film intended to explain to service personnel how devastating it can be if...
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This 1943 U.S. Army Air Force film, Keep ‘Em Flying (T.F. 1-3314), is a short educational film to help new recruits find their place in the Army Air Force’s Technical Training Command. This WWII film details the activities of the men who support the U.S. Army Air Force, from crew chiefs to mechanics to armorers and munitions crew. The film opens with shot of planes flying in the air. An advanced air drone takes off (00:50). The film shows some of the various people who play a role in...
Topics: US Army, Air Force, WWII, World War II, 1943, USAF, TF
Presented by the Associated Producers of Negro Motion Pictures,  produced and directed by African American filmmaker William D. Alexander and narrated by Fredric March, THE HIGHEST TRADITION (1946) tells the story of African Americans participating in WWII.  This includes Joseph Cross, Doris "Dorrie" Miller, Leonard "Roy" Harmon, Elbert Oliver (who won the silver star), and more.  Hampton Institute in Virginia and the Great Lakes facility in Illinois are shown where...
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This color tourist promotional film wasproduced in the early 1950s.. The film was produced and copyrighted by American born Andre de la Varre, who became a leading travelogue filmmaker of short films. In the 1930’s, Andre de la Varre created a short film series called “Screen Traveler”, of which this is one. In the 1950’s, his films enjoyed a second life as educational material, being reissued and updated for copyright in 1951. The film was narrated by “The Voice of Air France”. It...
Topics: 1950, Air France, Travelogue, North Africa, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Casablanca, Stock Footage
In this 1944 issue of Army-Navy Screen Magazine, viewers see a tribute to the late Lt. Gen. Lesley James McNair. McNair shakes hands with soldiers on an airstrip next to a plane, then he is shown sitting inside a car. Next, the film shows an aerial view of the cities of Normandy left in ruins following the heavy fighting that preceded the Allied liberation of the region (01:48). Troops fire artillery guns and off in the distance a building in a city is burning. A soldier talks on a radio while...
Topics: 1944, Army Navy Screen Magazine, Gen, Lesley Mcnar, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
Amphibious Warfare: The Salvage Boat is one of a series of U.S. training films. This film discusses how salvage boats conduct their rescue operations. The film opens with footage of various landing craft hitting a beach and soldiers storming the beach. Several landing craft break down or are stranded (01:02). The film shows a salvage boat on the water (01:22) as well as a salvage boat LCPL (landing craft personal large) being lowered from a cruiser down to the water. The film provides an...
Topics: Amphibious Warfare, Salvage Boat, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
This newsreel is part of the Army/Navy Screen Magazine, a WWII newsreel program produced from June 1943 until early 1946 by the Army Signal Corps under the supervision of director Frank Capra. It includes several segments. First, "Iron War Horse" which shows the operational training of troops at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana to maintain railroads at the battle front. "Seized from the Japs" shows rare captured Japanese military newsreel films, including an amphibious assault....
Topics: Steam Locomotive, Steam, World War II, Military Railroad, Newsreel, WW2, Camp Claiborne, Royal...
This silent WWII German newsreel shows long range German bomber aircraft making strikes against Allied shipping in the Atlantic sea lanes near Ireland.  In 1940, these "back door" raids were commonplace and costly to both sides.  On one raid in July of that year for example, the Luftwaffe destroyed five ships in one convoy and damaged five other ships and two destroyers while sustaining the loss of 28 aircraft -- some of them shot down in the heavily-guarded English Channel.   The...
Topics: Bomber, Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Newsreel, Battle Of Atlantic, Atlantic Ocean,...
This World War II film celebrates International Harvester's contribution to the war effort, producing vehicles for the Army. The International Harvester Company (abbreviated first IHC and later IH) was a U.S. manufacturer of agricultural machinery, construction equipment, trucks, and household and commercial products. In 1902, J.P. Morgan merged the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and Deering Harvester Company, along with three smaller agricultural equipment firms, to form International...
Topics: International Harvest, World War II, Tractor, Halftrack, WWII, Prime Mover, Agriculture, Farm...
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"Introduction to Dive Bombing" is a WWII training film made by the U.S. Navy that demonstrates the techniques used in a successful attack.  It also shows the various training regimens used in aviator training, including a generalized study of the fundamentals for the practice and combat dive.  An SB2C Helldiver is used for demonstration purposes. A dive bomber is a bomber aircraft that dives directly at its targets in order to provide greater accuracy and limit the exposure of...
Topics: Dive Bomber, United States Navy, World War II, Curtiss SB2C, U.S. Navy Pilot, Training Film, World...
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "The Road Back" looks at the difficult New Guinea campaign. The Japanese...
Topics: Television Program, Crusade In The Pacific, New Guinea, World War II, Ninth Calvary Regiment,...
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Shot by a member of combat camera named Edwin C. Udey who was tasked with making a documentary about the field treatment of wounded, this silent footage was taken during the Battle of Saipan in 1944. Unlike most of the censored footage you will see from WWII, this material from the combat zone is quite raw. It is hard to watch without becoming emotional, seeing so many brave, young men who have been subjected to the horrors of battle. At :28 a Marine examines a Japanese emplacement or hole and...
Topics: Raw Combat Footage, Saipan, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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Pre World War II (WWII) of U.S. Navy battleships and aircraft carriers on manuevers. Features the USS Lexington, CV-2.
Topic: Pre World War II (WWII) newsreel.
This historic civil defense film was created at the beginning of American participation in WWII, and presents the scenario that Nazi and Japanese aircraft might raid the United States and drop incendiary bombs on American cities.  At the time the threat appeared absolutely real, and both East and West Coasts complied with blackout restrictions, posted air raid wardens, and began training volunteers to respond in the event of an Axis attack. In the film magnesium incendiary bombs are shown,...
Topics: Civil Defense, United States Of America, World War II, Firebombing, War, Fireman, Firefighting,...
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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
Produced by Transfilm, this 1947 color installment of the Ford Motor Company’s “Americans at Home” short subject series depicts the Great Smoky Mountain range in North Carolina and Tennessee, highlighting local people and nearby landmarks (TRT: 17:52). The film was written by Burton Rowles, Jr. and directed by Lawrence Madison. Opening titles: “The Ford Motor Company is proud to present a close-up of a people deeply rooted in America’s finest traditions…” and credits (0:06). An...
Topics: Southern Highlanders, 1947, Travelogue, Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina, Tennessee, Stock...
This rare German educational film from the WWII era shows civil defense training activities of the Hitler Youth (German:  Hitlerjugend ), the youth organization of the Nazi Party in Germany. Its origins dated back to 1922.  It includes paramilitary training on the use of gas masks, rendering first aid, fire fighting and so on.  From 1933 until 1945, it was the sole official youth organization in Germany and was partially a paramilitary organization; it was constituted of the Hitlerjugend...
Topics: Hitler Youth, Sulfer Mustard, Gas Mask, World War II, Adolf hitler
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This rare silent film shows a trip down the Rhine River in Germany made in the 1930s by freighters and passenger ships, including a sidewheel vessel. Some terrific scenery is shown in the course of the film including castles, mountains and cities.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD and 2k. For more...
Topics: Rhine, Events Preceding World War II Europe
This interesting WWII silent German film shows various techniques to keep up good humor, and keep warm, in an air raid shelter.  We don't have a good translation of the various title cards so if someone would be so kind as to provide them, we'd be grateful. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD and 2k....
Topics: Civil Defense, Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Air-raid Shelter, World War II, Film, Germany, Air...
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
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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This Castle Films newsreel vividly shows the last major eruption of Mount Vesuvius in March 1944, right in the middle of the Allied invasion of Italy. The eruption destroyed the villages of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio, Massa di Somma, Ottaviano, and part of San Giorgio a Cremano.  From March 18 to 23, 1944, lava flows appeared within the rim. There were outflows. Small explosions then occurred until the major explosion took place on March 18, 1944. At the time of the eruption, the United States...
Topics: Mount Vesuvuis, Campanian, Volcanic Arc, Pompeii, Eruption Of Mount Vesuvius, Italy, Kingdom Of...
Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation.    This version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs were created with...
Topics: Nazi Germany, World War II, Adolf Hitler, Documentary
Hosted by Lorne Greene, THE BIG PICTURE was the U.S. Army's TV show.  This episode , "Tigers on the Loose" shows the 10th Armored Division in World War II with a focus on the Battle of the Bulge and action at Metz and Bastogne, and the subsequent push towards the Brenner Pass.  It features the words of the men who were there including commanders. The 10th Armored Division (nicknamed "Tiger Division") was an armored division of the United States Army in World War II. In the...
Topics: Battle Of The Bulge, Periscope Film, Stock Footage, The Big Picture, World War II, Adolf Hitler,...
This WWII newsreel dates to 1944 and includes various segments, including coverage (around 15 minute mark) of Operation Market Garden.   The film begins in the Pacific with footage of vehicles being waterproofed with asbestos grease, and then shows the invasion underway.  General Douglas MacArthur makes an appearance, inspecting the newly-conquered island.  In another segment, B-29s are shown in operation in India against Japanese positions in Sumatra, Japan and China as part of the 20th...
Topics: Asbestos, World War II, Morotai, Boeing-29 Superfortress, China Burma India Theater, Le Havre,...
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Produced by the March of Time for the Red Cross and distributed by the War Activities Committee, "At His Side" dates to 1944.  It shows the Red Cross at the side of the American G.I.s and the world of the organization in contributing to the morale of servicemen.  Wounded and maimed American soldiers are shown throughout the film, as are cute Red Cross girls doling out writing paper, books and magazines and food, as well as smiles.  African American soldiers are shown at the 3:23...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Wounded, International red Cross, Film
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...
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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
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This wonderful 1960s travelogue of Greece was made by TransWorld Airilnes.   Entitled SUPERJET TO GREECE, the film shows the tourist attractions of the cradle of civilization.   At the 1:45 mark you will see TWA trans-Atlantic service, including Royal Ambassador Service complete with first class lounge, stewardess and bartender service.   Drinks were served in Swedish crystal tumblers and meals on Rosenthal China.   A typical TWA “Royal Ambassador” flight to Paris featured dinner with...
Topics: 1960s, TWA, Greece, Travelogue, Athens, Boeing, 707, Trans World, Airline, 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
PREFLIGHT RADIO INSPECTION FOR FIGHTER AIRCRAFT is a WWII film made for newbie Army Air Force Radio Mechanics.  The film shows a P-47 Thunderbolt's SCR274 radio being checked out on the ground, part of the routine pre-flight for any fighter aircraft.  What's really interesting about it, is that the film really goes into great detail on the inspection including showing the various forms that would be filled in during a check, and the entire process by which planes were approved for flight by...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Fighter Aircraft, World War Ii, Aircraft, Radio, Republic P-47...
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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
One of the War Department's Army / Navy Screen Magazine newsreels, this film was shown to U.S. servicemen and war workers.  Segments include STRICTLY FOR ESKIMOS which shows G.I.s in Iceland adjusting to life in the harsh arctic climate.  The light hearted BLESSED EVENT tells how the U.S. Government arranges medical services for the pregnant wives of servicemen.  These maternity services were provided by Uncle Sam for enlisted men at no cost. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topics: Iceland, World War II, U.S. Navy, Pregnancy, Maternity Services, Newsreel, United States Army
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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
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“Carry Me Back,” an episode in Jack Douglas’ 1960s weekly America! series, highlights popular places to visit in Virginia. The episode opens with Jack Douglas introducing the episode’s destination, Virginia, which is then followed by quick highlights of the episode. The first stop is at the Jamestown Festival Park, with the replicas of Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery (01:24). At the park, visitors see statues of John Smith and Pocahontas, the reconstructed Fort James (03:30), a...
Topics: Virginia, USA, 1960s, Travelogue, Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, 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,...
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This 1969 color film about Spain is one of a series of Pan Am Airlines travelogues produced by F.D. and I.L. Kay as a Film Authors Production. El Escorial was built in 1559 by King Philip II (:56-1:24). Crowds cross the busy streets (2:09-2:34). The Museum del Prado is a national art museum of paintings and statues (2:41-3:00). A fountain spins and people row a boat in a park (3:12-3:35). The Catholic Virgin Mary Statue has busy traffic pass by (3:38). Goats are herded up a mountain road...
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This silent color 1940s travelogue film “Death Valley Ancient and Modern (Historic Death Valley)” is a Paul Hoefler Productions. The film opens with the camera scanning the salt pans (:55-1:22). Maps show the location of Death Valley in California and Nevada (1:24-1:52). A man sweeps across plaster to expose a hoof print (2:13-2:53). A stream runs through salt flats and low shrubs. Minnows are shown up-close   (2:55-3:20). Petroglyphs are seen on various rock formations (3:21-3:44). A...
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This fascinating WWII film shows the campaign in the Marshall Islands in 1943-1944, with the strategic importance of the islands described — hitting the Japanese flank near the naval base at Truk and securing a line of assault in the south Pacific.  The film shows American aircraft destroying Japanese shipping and cutting off Japanese bases from vital supplies, all the while diminishing Japanese air power.  Japanese bases on the Marshalls were assaulted for 75 days by aircraft, from air...
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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
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Created in the early stage of WWII, this propaganda and recruiting film was intended to educate ordinary Americans about some of their responsibilities at the "home front".  This might include serving as Air Raid Wardens, Civil Defense Workers, or in services such as the Driver's Corps (whose members were trained in first aid and auto repair) or as messengers.  The film includes a brief excerpt from a speech by President Roosevelt, and uses the British auxiliary services as an...
Topics: World War II, Civil Defense, Air Raid Wardens, Recruiting Film, Periscope Film, Stock Footage
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Produced by E.S. and F.W. Keller and directed by John Hanau, RUINS OF PALMYRA AND BAALBEK presents a stunning color look at the Middle East in 1953, long before ISIS destroyed so much of these ancient ruins.  This is an extremely rare print, only recently located in our archive and now made available on-line for the first time. Some sources indicate that this film dates to 1938, but the fact that it is in color seems to indicate it is from 1953, as a copyright guide indicates. It's possible...
Topics: Ruins, Palmyra, Baalbek, Syria, 1950s, Travelogue, Stock Footage
This WWII newsreel contains two segments.  The first, "France Flies Again" shows the hand-off of P-40 Warhawk aircraft to the Free French Air Force (French: Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres, FAFL), the air arm of the Free French Forces during the Second World War.  The second segment shows the war in the Aleutians, including the assault on Attu and Kiska.  This material was shot by Hollywood director John Ford and incorporated into the longer length film "Report from the...
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This short silent educational film shows activities of the  Reichsarbeitsdienst (translated to 'Reich Labour Service', abbreviated RAD), a major organisation established by Nazi Germany as an agency to help mitigate the effects of unemployment on German economy, militarize the workforce and indoctrinate it with Nazi ideology. It was the official state labor service, divided into separate sections for men and women.  In some ways it could be compared to FDR's New Deal organizations such as the...
Topics: Reichsarbeitsdienst, Labor Service, World War II, Germany, Deutsch
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This 1946 color travelogue of Washington, D.C. was (judging from the lack of traffic) shot during WWII and released in 1946 by the Byron organization.  Created by the Greater National Capital Committee of the Washington Board of Trade, INVITATION TO THE NATION shows the many tourist sights of the District of Columbia and its environs, including Mount Vernon.  Some of the iconic places in the film include the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, Tomb of the Unknown...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Washington, Trolley Cars, Washington D.C.
This instructional film made by the Royal Air Force describes the Mark XII aircraft launched torpedo, used by Fleet Air Arm and RAF Coastal Command.  There have been a number of 18 inch torpedoes in service with the United Kingdom.  These have been used on ships of the Royal Navy and aircraft of both the Fleet Air Arm and Royal Air Force, while Royal Navy surface ships and submarines use 21 inch torpedoes.  The 18 inch MK XII torpedo was used by the Swordfish in sinking the German battleship...
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This WWII newsreel features several wonderful segments.  First, actress Veronica Lake is shown getting her famous hairstyle reconfigured in such a way that it would be safe, should she take on the kind of job that many "Rosie the Riveter" female workers took during the war.  Safety caps are seen used by women war workers at the 1:53 mark.  Industrial fashions are the "new" fashion.  At the 2:25 mark an animated sequence, clearly also aimed at war workers, shows how...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Veronica Lake, Footage, Rosie The Riveter, World War II