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This WWII War Bond film, titled simply "EVERY WAR BOND KILLS A JAP!", was made to encourage the purchase of bonds and stamps in support of the war effort.  The film contains startling images of Japanese war atrocities, including images of Chinese babies being thrown onto bayonets, the burying of human beings alive, the Nanking massacre, and wanton killing of civilians.  Justice for the soldiers of Japan is needed, and the film makes clear that the only way that these crimes will be...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Massacre, War Crime, China, World War II
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Made in the immediate aftermath of WWII, this German language film focuses on the atrocities committed at the Oranienburg concentration camp and the prisoner of war camp that replaced it, Sachsenhausen. The facility was preserved post-war as a museum and memorial.   The film begins with images of the camp grounds, barracks, guard towers, barbed wire fences and stockades. At 3:10 a sign proclaims "Prisoner of War Camp". At 3:45 footage shot after the liberation of the camp shows a...
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Topics: World War II, WWII, German Concentration Camp, Holocaust, Stock Footage
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Released in 1944 by Warner Brothers in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, "Task Force" is a Technicolor short film narrated by Jackson Beck.  The film focuses around Coast Guard "Task Force" duty.  Besides operational glimpses, the viewer is treated to a snapshot of the life of a Coast Guardsman on and off duty.  While the film contains much documentary-style footage, some sections of the film are re-enactments and the scenario presented (in which the USCG battles a...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, USCG, US Coast Guard, Task Force, Stock Footage
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In this 1946 U.S. Navy training film (MN-5801) from Jam Handy Productions, viewers see the appropriate way to wear parachutes, tighten harnesses, check for tested parachutes, bail out of a plane, and collapse a parachute on land and open water. The film opens with footage of paratroopers parachuting through the air. An officer examines a parachute kit. A pilot demonstrates securing a parachute harness on an airstrip. He then climbs into an F8F Bearcat with his parachute. The film shows another...
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Topics: Parachutes, 1946, US Navy Pilot, Training Film, Jam handy, Stock Footage
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Made by the famed Jam Handy Organization, a leading educational and training film company, this black & white training film "Doping Techniques" explains the process of doping fabric for airplanes. It likely dates to the WWII era. Aircraft dope is a plasticized lacquer that is applied to fabric-covered aircraft. It tightens and stiffens fabric stretched over airframes, which renders them airtight and weatherproof, increasing their durability and lifespan. Without the application of...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, WWII Era, Training Film, Fabric Airplane Wing, Dope, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Made during WWII, this silent footage shows homefront activities in Canada. It was apparently shot in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. The start of the film shows recruits marching past (:16) a local newspaper office and downtown (1:05).   At 1:22 another recruit joins the group. At 1:40 oxen carrying wheat move slowly through a city street. At 2:42 the recruits walk past clothing set on a line to dry. At 3:42 "Duke Street" in Vancouver is shown (footage flopped).   At 5:14,...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, Vancouver, Columbia, RCAF, Stock Footage
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The Ducktators is a Looney Tunes black and white cartoon that was produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions and was released in 1942 by Warner Bros.. It was directed by Norman McCabe. The cartoon takes place on a farm, beginning with a few ducks, geese and chickens being shown. After a brief few moments, two ducks (who are expecting a duckling) go over to their unusually black-colored egg as it starts to hatch. Once the egg has hatched, a duckling with an Adolf Hitler appearance emerges and...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, The Ducktators, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Animation,...
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Made in 1946, THE MODERN CHIPPEWA INDIAN shows reservation life in Minnesota in the post-WWII period. Produced by Frederick Jones and Rand Kellogg, the film contains some gratuitous narration that some may consider demeaning. However it does paint a picture of an industrious tribe who have flourished as farmers, fishermen, and artists.  The film shows the Redlake Hospital (2:30), an unidentified Chippewa artist who served in the U.S. Navy during WWII (3:00).  Fishing activities are seen at...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, WWII, World War II, Caen, Saint Nazaire, Liberation Of Paris, FFI,...
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Made in late 1944 by the U.S. Army Pictorial Service, "The Liberation of Rome" depicts the successful Allied advance into Rome, freeing it from German control during World War II. The film begins with footage of Allied forces arriving in the city, before flashing back to the beginnings of the campaign that eventually liberated Southern Italy from Axis control. At 1:37, the combined Chiefs of Staff are seen planning the campaign after the successful battle for Siciliy. At 2:45, Gen....
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Topics: World War II, WWII, Liberation Of Rome, Italian Campaign, Rome, Stock Footage
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"Show Business at War" dates to 1943 and showcases the incredible efforts of the entertainers of the day, the film and entertainment industries, and their collective sacrifice to support our troops and the victory effort during World War II. The bright lights of Broadway in New York City and the offices of the weekly theatrical paper, Variety 1:00. Variety is an American media company owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly...
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Topics: Show Business, Show Business At War, 1943, World War II, Hollywood, Broadway, Stock Footage
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This classified WWII film, shot by the 12th Combat Camera Unit and released by the Office of Strategic Services, shows the activities of Axis Saboteurs operating in North Africa.  The film shows how in Tunisia, several Arab saboteurs were arrested, and forced to confess about their activities.  A "saboteurs box" is shown that includes TNT, rubber hoses to make an altitude bomb, and various detonators and other devices.  At 2:00, a saboteur demonstrates how to place an altitude bomb...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Sabotage, Office Of Strategic Service, Counter...
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This silent, German film shows fighting on the Western Front in World War 1 and contains material shot between 1916-1918. The film was released in the late 1930s as part of the remilitarization of Germany, in hopes of glorifying the nation's military legacy in the World War. Although they did not achieve a victory in the war, this film essentially shows a victory in battle, with German troops advancing across No Man's Land. Those who saw it may have been either encouraged or discouraged by the...
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Topics: Asbestos, World war II, Morotai, 1944, Siegfried Line, Boeing B-29, Le Harve, China Burma,...
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Sep 4, 2020 Germeinnuttziger
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. In this film, the Battle of The Atlantic is seen from the German perspective as Kreigsmarine U-boats converge for a wolfpack patrol, hunting Allied merchant ships.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
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Dating to World War II, this film tells the story of the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation and the manufacture of blimps and aircraft. It begins with a shot of Paul W. Litchfield, the American industrialist who was president (1926–40) and chairman of the board (1930–58) of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, a firm that he helped develop into a worldwide operation. Also shown is Lt. Dougherty of the U.S. Navy and a representative of the U.S. Army. The four are looking at a model of the Goodyear...
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Topics: Good Year Blimp, Aircraft, WWII, World War II, Airplanes, Stock Footage
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Apr 10, 2020 PeriscopeFilm
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Made during WWII in 1945, this   United States Navy training film looks at Combat Fatigue Irritability, or shell shock, now known as PTSD. This is a very rare film, the type of which was, like John Huston's landmark "Let There Be Light", not widely shown due to the effects it could have on morale.   Most likely it was only shown to those suffering from combat fatigue, and those who were working to help alleviate it.   Oversimplistic in its approach, compared to what we know today,...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, Combat Fatigue, PTSD, US Nav, Stock Footage
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This silent German educational film shows the construction of a  Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann aircraft, one of the Luftwaffe's standard training airplanes throughout WWII.   The prototype Bü 181 (D-ERBV) made its maiden flight in February 1939 with Chief Pilot Arthur Benitz at the controls. After thorough works and official flight testing by the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM) the Bü 181 was nominated to be the standard primary trainer for the Luftwaffe. Series production of the Bü 181...
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Topics: Bucker Flugzeubagbau, BU 181 Bestmann, Bucker BU 131, Rangsdorf, World War II, trainer Aircraft,...
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Mar 18, 2017 U.S. Government
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This rare film features ships of the U.S. Asiatic fleet patroling the Yangtze River. The Asiatic Fleet's gunboats were tasked with protecting American shipping (primarily oil tankers) from pirates and the Japanese. Contains amazing footage of life in China circa 1935 including the cities of Chunking, Shanghai, and the countryside. Ships featured in this film are the USS Augusta (CA-31), USS Borie (DD-215) and USS Simpson (DD-221) as well as US gunboats.
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Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
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Produced in 1957 and presented by America's Trucking Industry, "Rehearsal for Disaster" shows the important role that motorized transport and in particular the trucking industry, plays in civil defense today, and in the event of an atomic attack. As the film says, "the trucking industry, organized on a nationwide basis, can be a tremendous factor in saving lives and property in the event of any emergency, natural or war-caused." The underlying idea of the film is that truck...
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Topics: Nuclear Attack, Cold War, Fallout Center, World War II, Atomic Bomb Cold War, Disaster, Civil...
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This silent WWII newsreel, made by Official Films for the home market, shows the end of the conflict in Europe.  Times Square in New York is the scene of raucous celebrations on May 8, 1945 (30 seconds).  At the 1 minute mark, the U.S. Army meets the Russian Army at the Elbe River.  At Caserta, German troops are surrendered en masse and the Nazi representatives sign surrender documents (1:30).  At Nuremberg, home of the famed Nazi rallies, an iconic Swastika emblem is covered by the...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, German Instrument Of Surrender, Newsreel, World War II, News Film,...
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This WWII training film familiarizes radio operators with Vacuum Tubes.  As the film explains, these are the devices used in radios that control electric current between electrodes in an evacuated container. Vacuum tubes mostly rely on thermionic emission of electrons from a hot filament or a cathode heated by the filament.  The grid and filament forming the tube are explained, as are some basic circuits, and a couple of electronics packages are shown.    In electronics, vacuum tube,...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Radio, Vacuum Tubes, Amateur Radio, Triode, Diode, Electronics,...
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This short silent German educational film shows an artillery battery being put into position by Wehrmacht forces.  Interestingly the battery force has mounted troops, typical of the German Army which while heavily mechanized used horses for many important tasks.  Once a position is scouted, troops emplace the gun and begin the work of camouflaging the position, while other soldiers work to obtain firing data and sighting.    The artillery piece shown may be the 7.5 cm Feld Kanone 16 neuer...
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Topics: Artillery, Artillery Baterry, World war II, Wehrmacht, germany
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Made in 1943 as part of the "Fighting Men" series, CRACK THAT TANK explains the tactics an infantryman can use to disable or destroy an enemy tank.  Vulnerabilities of the tank include its track, which can be destroyed with a grenade, mine or a shell.  A disabled tank is a sitting duck.  A "closed" or buttoned-up tank is vulnerable because its crew cannot see the battlefield well, just through slits and periscopes.  Taking out vision slits and periscopes can make a tank...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Anti-Tank Warfare, Tank, World War II, Tiger Tank, Wehrmacht,...
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WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT.  This film contains images of war atrocities and may not be suitable for viewers of all ages. This 1944 film, RETURN TO GUAM,  was produced by the U.S. Navy about the taking and recapture of the island of Guam.  The film also shows the history of U.S. involvement in Guam, including the participation of native Chamorros in the Navy and in defense of the island.  Aside from showing the invasion and recapture of Guam, the film shows the horrific massacre of the...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Guam, Japanese War Crimes, United States Navy, World War II, Mariana...
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Apr 3, 2011 German Newsreel
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo. Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
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Dating to 1945, CONQUEST OF THE NIGHT shows the uses of one of the Allies' great weapons developments -- radar.   Here the technology is used at sea to locate and destroy a Japanese ship.   The combat information center aboard the American ship relays facts derived by radar on the range, speed, direction, etc., of the target, in total darkness. The U.S. ship fires its torpedoes. As the torpedoes hit, the ship fires a salvo. Radar shows the salvo to be too long; the range is corrected and the...
Topics: US Navy, WWII, Radar, World War II, 1945, Stock Footage
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Produced by McDonnell Douglas for the U.S. Navy, F-4 FLIGHT CHARACTERISTICS was a restricted film made for pilot training purposes. The opening features a fabulous montage of imagery comparing a fighter jock to a horse-riding cowboy.   The film also includes footage of a Moviola Library Viewer or LVR, a film viewing device made by the famed Moviola Corporation for the U.S. Military. An identical LVR is now used in the Periscope Film archive on a daily basis to view films.   The McDonnell...
Topics: F-4, Phantom, F-4 Phantom, US Navy, 1960, McDonnell Douglas
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An official US War Department film restricted in nature and produced by the US Army Pictorial Service, “The Japanese Army and Navy” is a black-and-white creation that “has been assembled from Japanese films and is designed for use in the Civil Affairs Training Schools conducted by The Provost Marshal General.” With that introduction, the World War II-era film opens at mark 00:48 by explaining the “Code of the Samarai” — highlighted by devotion to duty “and a loyalty to a Divine...
Topics: Japanese, Japanese Army, Us Navy, WWII, Army, Us Army, Japan
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The cold opening of this November 18, 1956 black-and-white episode of Edward R. Murrow’s “See It Now” CBS television documentary series shows the viewer the wheel of the USS Constitution — “Old Ironsides” — the wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate launched in 1797 and the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, with the narrator then launching into a discussion of the revered vessel’s history. From there, the viewer is shown the wheel of the USS Forrestal (CV-59),...
Topics: USS Forrestal, 1956, US Navy, Navy, Nuclear Navy
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Produced by the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Ships in the early 1960s, this overview of the fleet showcases modern ships USS Long Beach, USS King and aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, as well as the nuclear powered Polaris submarine USS Lafayette. The Bureau of Ships, tasked with "building and maintaining the fleet", maintains and constructs ships for the U.S. Navy.   The United States Navy's Bureau of Ships (BuShips) was established by Congress on June 20, 1940, by a law which consolidated...
Topics: 1960, US Navy, Nuclear US navy, Ships
In this episode of the early 1960s American travel documentary series Expedition! hosted by Col. John D. Craig, viewers are taken on the voyage of the U.S. Navy submarine USS Seadragon as it navigates its way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific via the Arctic ice cap in 1960. The episode begins with Craig showing a Navy diving suit as he talks to the audience. Commander George P. Steele talks with Craig about the Seadragon’s expedition under the ice (01:43). He shows a model of the...
Topics: Seadragon, TV Show, Submarine, USS Seadragon, 1960, US Navy
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Before Liz Smith and Perez Hilton became household names in the world of celebrity gossip, before Rush Limbaugh became the voice of conservatism, there was Hedda Hopper. In 1938, this 52-year-old struggling actress rose to fame and influence writing an incendiary gossip column, "Hedda Hopper's Hollywood," that appeared in the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers throughout Hollywood's golden age. Often eviscerating moviemakers and stars, her column earned her a nasty reputation in...
Topics: Hedda Hoppers Hollywood, WWII, World War II, Bob Hope, Jane Withers, Stock Footage
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One of a series of newsreels produced by the Red Cross during WWII, this film shows the Fifth Army in Sicily and mainland Italy and the activities of the Red Cross overseas.  In this era the Red Cross was doing a great deal of humanitarian work, helping reduce some of the psychological pressures of combat for American troops.  The American Red Cross Service Club is shown at the 1:50 mark, with soldiers shown taking showers and getting haircuts, good food and R&R.  Red Cross female...
Topics: American Red Cross, Red Cross Service Club, Blood Drive, Shell Shock, Medical Care, Palermo, World...
This Film Communique Fifth Issue consists of several segments.  The first, P-47s Come to Town, shows the arrival of American P-47 Thunderbolts in the European Theater, their assembly and combat role.  The second, titled Two Million Dollar Hill, showing combat in Italy, with mules and men being used to deliver supplies to front line troops fighting German troops.  The omnipresent mud makes it slow going.  An animated short "A Few Quick Facts" shows the work of the Air Transport...
Topics: U.S. Marine Corps, Battle Of Tarawa World War II, Pacific Campaign
Made in 1943 for the U.S. Navy, DAMAGE CONTROL IV shows the use of the Rescue Breathing Apparatus during firefighting operations aboard ships.  Shown is the Navy Oxygen Breathing Rescue Apparatus, Type A-1, a self-contained, closed-circuit device. Oxygen, generated by chemicals in a canister, flowed to the right-hand section of the breathing bag, where it mixed with air previously passed through the canister, then to the left-hand breathing bag and on through the inhalation tube into the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Navy, World War II, Fire Fighting, Fire, Training
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MR. BLABBERMOUTH is an American documentary film by Basil Wrangell. The 19 minute short was created by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with the support of the United States Office of War Information produced. It shows the homefront of the danger of spreading rumors. The film is about "Mr. Blabbermouth " or " Mr. Chatterbox ", represented by different people who spread rumors during the Second World War and so endanger the morals. For example, that the US fleet to attack on Pearl Harbor...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Mr Blabbermouth, FBI, Basil Wrangell, Stock Footage
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Made during WWII, this silent newsreel shows West Point during the stewardship of Major General Francis Bowditch Wilby (April 24, 1883 – November 20, 1965).   Wilby served as the 39th Superintendent of the United States Military Academy from 1942 to 1945, during World War II. Many of the Cadet Corps athletic activities are shown from football to water polo, as well as combat training, classroom instruction including the all-important engineering and aerodynamics classes, study of instrument...
Topics: West Point, Symbol, Army, WWII, World War II, 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 looks at U.S. and British interests in the Pacific prior to World War II including...
Topics: Awakening In The pacific, Crusade In The Pacific, World War II, Japan, WWII, Southwast Asia, Japan,...
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This silent German newsreel shows the training activities of the Gebirgsjäger (German pronunciation: [ɡəˈbɪʁksˌjɛːɡɐ]) light infantry.  These troops are part of the alpine or mountain troops (Gebirgstruppe) of Germany and Austria. (N.B.: The word Jäger meaning "hunter" or "huntsman" is a characteristic term used for light-infantry or light-infantryman in German-speaking military context.)  Troops are shown fording a river, moving artillery over rough terrain,...
Topics: World War II, Mountains, Operation Silver Fox
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One of the U.S. Army's special "War Films", this one begins with a segment entitled "All American" focusing on the combat cameramen assembled to document the war in the air, on the ground, and at sea.  The film shows Gen. Hap Arnold and the military's movie studios at work, creating training and propaganda films for consumption by the troops and the public.  The film also shows footage filled with humor, such as shots of airplane nose art and a man taking a bath in a tub...
Topics: World War II, Robert F. Patterson, Combat Camera, Film, South Pacific, transport Aircraft, War Film
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Produced during WWII or immediately before, this short silent film shows some of the training activities of the  Fallschirmjäger, the paratrooper branch of the German Luftwaffe before and during World War II. They were the first German paratroopers to be committed in large-scale airborne operations and came to be known as the "green devils" by the Allied forces they fought against. Throughout World War II the Fallschirmjäger commander was Kurt Student. During World War II, the...
Topics: World War II, paratrooper, Fallschirmager, Germany, Wehrmacht
This historic German educational film shows flights of sailplanes or gliders.  After World War I many gliders were built for sporting purposes in Germany, because of post-WWI regulations forbidding the construction and flight of motorized planes.  As a result the country's aircraft enthusiasts often turned to gliders and were actively encouraged by the German government, particularly at flying sites suited to gliding flight like the Wasserkuppe. A glider or sailplane is a type of glider...
Topics: Glider, Germany, Aircraft, Motor Glider, World War II, Gliding, Aircraft
This somber WWII War Bond promotional film, JUST FOR REMEMBRANCE, shows the activities of the Quartermaster Effects Depot in Kansas City, Missouri.  Here, some of the hundreds of thousands of personal effects for the deceased — wrapped in 2000 bundles each month — were processed, to be sent back to grieving families.  The importance of this "strange, sad warehouse house filled with echoes" is that here, the items that survive evoke memories of those lost.  Whether it be a pair...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, War, Casualties, KIA, MIA, Killed In Action, War...
Narrated by Katherine Hepburn and supposedly written by Eleanor Roosevelt, WOMEN IN DEFENSE is a World War II propaganda movie showing women war workers in a variety of settings, including laboratories (1:00), feeding guinea pigs special diets (2:30) and record their weights; attending nutrition lectures; designing working clothes for women; sewing uniforms, airplane wing fabric and parachutes (5:15); assembling and inspecting precision instruments (6:00) including ball bearings; operate drill...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Women In Defense, World War II, Katherine Hepburn, Eleanor...
This issue of "Fighting Men" entitled KEEP IT CLEAN warns WWII American soldiers that they must keep their rifle clean, or face the consequences. Made by a Hollywood studio, this is a very polished WWII training film. The premise being that it is told through letters written by soldiers who experienced issues due to their lack of care with their M-1s. The film starts with a re-enactment of a situation in combat where a soldier was unable to fire his weapon due to the mud he allowed...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Rifle, M-1 Garand, U.S. Army World War II, Infantry
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This black & white training film is about hand to hand combat techniques, part 1 and 2 in a series. Copyright 1942. Opening titles: U.S. Navy Training Film presents Hand to Hand Combat in Three Parts Part 1 (:06-:24). Four different sports shown on the screen at once (baseball, golf, skiing, etc). Men perform sports and box, wrestling, play basketball, etc. A man does hand to hand combat. The instructor speaks about hand to hand combat to the viewer (:25-1:50). Title: Stance for...
Topics: US Navy, WWII Era, Training Film, Hand To Hand Combat, 1942, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This 1944 "Forum Edition" (made specifically for home and school use) of The March of Time shows viewers the work of the U.S. Army Air Forces’ Air Transport Command (A.T.C.) being done in the early stages of America’s involvement in World War II. The film opens with a transport plane on a runway, followed by an aerial view of the Washington offices of the U.S. Army Air Forces. Men in the communications office receive a dispatch from Cairo. Men relay the order for sending munitions...
Topics: US Army, Air Force, Air Transport, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
This 1964 U.S Navy documentary looks at the Navy's Marine Mammal Program. It is narrated by Commander Glenn Ford, USNR, a renowned Hollywood actor.   Here at mark 1:40 on the edge of the pacific zone 50 miles north of Los angeles is the U.S. Navy base Pt. Mugu, a major center for the Navy space studies and missile experiments. It is also the location of one of the most fascinating program that US has ever launched, a program for studying dolphins. At mark 02:10, a naval officer is seen making...
Topics: 1964, The Dolphins, US Navy, US Marines, Glenn Ford, Stock Footage
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Made by the U.S. Navy at the height of the Cold War, this film observes current Soviet naval forces and attempts to assess their global reach and strategy.  By this time, the Soviets had achieved the world's largest submarine force, and supplemented it with state-of-the-art anti-submarine weapons including the helicopter aircraft carrier Moskva, which is shown in the film.  Also shown are various other vessels, including Russian PT boats, Kashin class guided-missile destroyers, and Soviet...
Topics: US Navy, Cold War, Soviet Naval Forces, Sea Power, Stock Footage
This briefing film "The Antarctic" was prepared especially for members of Operation HIGHJUMP.  HIGHJUMP, officially titled The United States Navy Antarctic Developments Program, 1946–1947, was a United States Navy operation to establish the Antarctic research base Little America IV.  The film draws upon footage shot in 1939-1941 by the Antarctic Service Expedition, also often referred to as Byrd’s Third Antarctic Expedition. The Expedition consisted of 125 men aboard two ships,...
Topics: US Navy, Operation Highjump, 1939, 1940, 1941, Antarctic Service Expedition, Stock Footage,...
This 1950s United States Navy training film describes the principles of relative motion to be applied in naval maneuvers for ships at sea. It opens with a cartoon depicting a caveman hunting with a rock (:39). Without understanding relative motion, when he throws the rock at the deer, he misses every time as the deer is in motion (1:00). When begins to guess the two motions of the moving deer and the rock he begins to understand relative motion and becomes a skillful hunter (1:58). From the...
Topics: 1957, US Navy, Maneuvering Board, Navigation, Training Film, Stock Footage
Made by the Burton Holmes Film Co., this black & white educational U.S. Navy Training Film is one of a series made to train lookouts. This one is about night vision and how to maintain it. Copyright 1944. Opening: U.S. Navy Training Film - Night Vision (:06-:19). A sailor raises binoculars at night. Eyes on a face. Eyes shift. Diagram of how the human eye works, animation shows how the eye lens sees. Diagram points out how an eye sees during the day versus at night. A man looks up at night...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Training Film, Night Vision, Airplane, Ship, Stock Footage
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This WWII movie shows the U.S. Navy's WAVES,  the acronym for the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, the World War II women's branch of the United States Naval Reserve.  The film shows WAVE training in San Diego, California.  The film shows WAVES employed as stenographers, postal clerks, telephone operators, air traffic control, pharmacists mates, dental hygienists, aerographers, store keepers, and more.   At the 5:30 mark, women are shown operating LINK trainers and repairing...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Naval Reserve, World War II Air Traffic Control, Women's Softball,...
This black & white U.S. Navy film, which was likely shown to sailors as part of basic training, is about the dangers of VD (venereal disease). The title "Taking Chances" has an extended metaphor throughout the film, which compares the odds of winning carnival games with catching a social disease. Copyright 1952. Produced by Herbert Kerkow Productions. Opening: U.S. Navy Training Film - "Taking Chances V.D." (:06-:28). A roulette wheel spins. Navy men at a carnival. A...
Topics: Disease Scare Film, US navy, 1952, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Featuring Dr. H. David Baldridge who accumulated a great deal of data about shark attacks and wrote the book "Shark Attack" (1978), as well as other experts, this U.S. Navy-produced film SHARKS: THE DANGER IN THE SEA dates to the 1970s and may very well have been inspired by the release of the film JAWS. The film focuses on shark attacks and the Navy's efforts to combat them using shark repellant. Stuart Springer appears at the 5:00 mark, discussing the development of WWII-era shark...
Topics: Jaws ERA, US Navy, Sharks, Danger In The Sea, Shark Attack, 1978, Stock Footage
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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...
Topics: Lockheed P-38 Lightning, World War II, WWII, Angel In Overalls, Stock Footage
This episode of "The Big Picture", one of the "Army in Action" series, is entitled "The Tide Turns".  It shows the military campaigns of 1944 in Europe and against Japan, with the United States and its Allies beginning to reverse the Fascist aggressors' progress on all fronts.    The episode begins with images in Italy of the horrific mud that halted U.S. and British forces advancing towards Rome.   Meanwhile, General Eisenhower plans the D-Day invasion of...
Topics: Italian Campaign, World War II, The Big Picture, United States Army, Normandy Landings, D-Day,...
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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...
Topics: The Negro Soldier, African Americans, WWII, World War II
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Featuring actress Barbara Britton and actor James Craig, and directed by veteran filmmaker Lewis Allen, this WWII U.S. Navy propaganda film "Freedom Comes High" is one of the most melodramatic shorts to emerge from the war.  The plot revolves around Mrs. Blanding, a young bride and mother whose older husband has become a Naval officer and gone to sea.  Of course he is in harm's way, and the results are catastrophic.  Just before going into action, Steve writes a letter mentioning...
Topics: Freedom Comes High, WWII, World War II, US Navy, Stock Footage
Produced in 1945 by the Treasury Department, "Peace Comes to America" contemplates the financial implications of the end of the war, and the responsibilities the government has to take care of its veterans -- including wounded vets -- as they transition back to "normal life."   The film begins with President Truman's declaration that Japan has surrendered and then shows the immediate aftermath around the world and the homecoming of millions of American men.  It then...
Topics: Newsreel, World War II, End Of WWII, Guam, G.I. Bill, Film, Potsdam Declaration, Demilitarization,...
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Produced in 1945 after WWII had ended, this Victory Bond film explores the cost of the war in physical terms -- specifically the veterans who have returned from the war with dreadful wounds, amputations, blindness, etc.  The film encourages Americans to buy Bonds to provide continued care for these servicemen. Footage includes V-E Day in New York, busy shots of Americans getting back to normal life after the war, miscellaneous battle shots and many views of men receiving medical treatment in...
Topics: Veteran, World War II, Killed In Action, Victory Bonds, Wounded In Action
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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 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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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
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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Navy Wives is a 1959, color, promotional film for women whose husbands are in or going into the Navy. The purpose of the film is to support and make Navy Wives feel better about what they are about to experience.   View of a Navy Aircraft Carrier   off San Diego, CA (0:48-0:54). A crowd of people stand around the docks at the San Diego Navy Base (the largest on the West coast) waiting for their loved ones to disembark the Navy Aircraft Carrier ship (0:58-2:41). A sailor waits for his wife who...
Topics: 1959, US Navy, Navy N Wives, Navy Aircraft, Promotional Film, 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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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, "At Japan's Doorstep: Okinawa" looks at the battle of Okinawa. American...
Topics: Battle Of Okinawa, War Film, Japan, World War II, Kamikaze, War, Marine Corps
This declassified, color,  U.S. Navy training film from 1974 is about how to maintain the Fire Control System Mark 86, also known as the MK 86 Gun Fire Control System (GFCS). This system was created to provide ships of destroyer size and larger with an economical, versatile, lightweight, gun and missile fire control system effective against surface and air targets. The film shows basic steps in troubleshooting various bugs (called "casualties" or "faults" by the narrator)...
Topics: US Navy, Fire Control, Training Film, Mark 86, Fire Control Systems, Computer Bugs, Stock Footage,...
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This 1940s film, probably dating to early 1941 and narrated by Lowell Thomas, takes the viewer on a tour with the U.S. Navy for a day. The film features rare views of the revitalized "two ocean Navy" (the Atlantic Fleet was reactivated in 1941) and the men, planes and ships that make it possible. A war games is shown starting at the 6 minute mark, with battleships, cruisers and destroyers forming a battle line. Interestingly, and somewhat predictable for this era, the film gives short...
Topics: Navy, Lowell Thomas, 1930s, US Navy, 1940, Atlantic Fleet, 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
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This silent film footage comes from a U.S. Navy fighter aircraft in the Pacific Theater in WWII.  It was shot by a 16mm "gun camera" linked to the aircraft's guns, to record the pilot's attacks.  It would have been reviewed by intelligence and the pilot's commander, to both verify hits on enemy targets and assess gunnery skills.   Visible in the footage at the 12 second mark, is a beach with Japanese emplacements.  White dots seen below are likely flak tracer being shot at the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Footage, United States Navy, Strafing, World War II, War, Gun Camera
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 in 1954, this U.S. Navy film shows the main battery fire control procedures aboard a heavy cruiser or battleship. The film shows a target being acquired, general quarters being sounded (1:30), and the general alarm being sounded (1:50). At 2:00, the fire control procedures are shown as the ship prepares to fire its main battery. The bridge, combat information center, control forward (location of the gunnery officer), and control aft are shown. Spot one and two are shown at 3:19, as well as...
Topics: US Navy, Battery, Battery Fire Control, Fire, Naval Gunfire, 1954, 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
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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
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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
This film, PRINTING THE POSITIVE is a United States Training film that was intended to follows an instructional film on another topic --- developing the photographic negative. This film shows the equipment, techniques, and materials used to make black and white photographic prints. It limits the method of printing to the contact printing process. A contact print is made by placing a film negative directly on a piece of light-sensitive photo paper and making an exposure. A dedicated contact...
Topics: US Navy, Photography, Fundamentals, Training Film, Printing, Positive, Stock Footage
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...
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,...
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...
Topics: Air Force, French Air Force, Free French Air Force, Battle Of Attu, Aleutian Islands Campaign,...
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.
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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
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...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Torpedo, Film, German Battleship Bismarck, Fairey Swordfish,...
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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 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
Made by the British Ministry of Information in 1944, this film shows  Operation Pluto — meaning Pipe-Lines Under The Ocean.  This scheme was a daring operation by British engineers, oil companies and armed forces to construct undersea oil pipelines under the English Channel between England and France in support of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. The scheme was developed by Arthur Hartley, chief engineer with the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. Allied forces on...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Operation Pluto, Petroleum, Normandy Landings, D-Day,...
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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...
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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
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
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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...
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This WWII newsreel "Bombs Over Italy" shows American bombers  attacking Genoa and Foggia, Italy in the run-up to the invasion of continental Europe.  General Jimmy Doolittle is seen with American air forces planning operations over Rome.  Military objectives in the Italian capitol are smashed including the San Lorenzo rail yards.  The invasion of Sicily by British and American forces is also shown.  Italian forces begin to surrender, foreshadowing the collapse of the Italian...
Topics: Geneva, Genoa, Foggia Gino Lisa Airport, Castle Films, Allies Of World War II, World War II, Allied...
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...
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This is a 1959 United States Navy Training Film that shows in detail, by use of animation, how chemical energy is converted into electrical energy to produce electromotive force. A vintage shot of a mammoth submarine battery appears at (00:01:15:00). The film explains the process of converting chemical energy (00:03:35:00) and the effects of this conversion. (00:15:30:00)   The lead–acid battery was invented in 1859 by French physicist Gaston Planté and is the oldest type of rechargeable...
Topics: 1950, US navy, Lead, Acid, Storage Battery, BAttery, Training Film, Stock Footage
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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
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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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The “new navy” is the focus of this 1969 educational documentary presented by the United States Navy — “The Attack Carrier: From USS Langley CV1 to USS Enterprise CVAN65.” The color film traces the development and history of aircraft carriers used by the United States Navy. Aircraft that have been used by the Navy, such as the Grumman A-6 Intruder and McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, also are featured.   The USS Enterprise is shown at sea at mark 01:14, as several fighters launch...
Topics: US Navy, USS Langley, Aircraft Carrier, 1969