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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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Made late during WWII, LIFELINE TO CHINA traces the journey of American war materiel — in this case a barrel of petroleum from Texas — to the front in China. The journey takes place across the Atlantic ocean aboard ship, all the way to Burma where it is transported by porters onto trains, and then through various methods to get to Kunming. The airport at Bhamo is shown, along with the HQ of the Tenth Air Force operating into China. B-29 bombers are shown operating in the China-Burma-India...
Topics: Lifeline, China World, World War II, WWII, Stilwell, Petroleum, Stock Footage
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Dating to August of 1945, this Army Air Forces newsreel is one of the very last in a series made during WWII. The film begins at :30 with footage of some of the first helicopters to ever enter a combat zone. These are R-4 choppers which were sent to China via C-47 Skytrain and assembled in the field. The Sikorsky R-4 was a two-seat helicopter designed by Igor Sikorsky with a single, three-bladed main rotor and powered by a radial engine. The R-4 was the world's first large-scale mass-produced...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Japanese Fire Balloons, Helicopter, China, Atomic Bomb, Stock Footage
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Directed by Albert Mahuzier and filmed by Gaston Madru, "Reseau X"   is a documentary that shows the French "secret service" trying to rescue Allied pilots who were shot down over Occupied France.   The film also shows the French underground and its support of the liberation of France. The airmen shown in the film are U.S. Army Air Force 2nd Lt. Alfred Richter, Sgt. Robert Peterson, and First Officer James Stewart of the RAF. The film was primarily shot on 12 June, 1944,...
Topics: 1944, French Resistance, Espionage, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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Made in 1941, this pre-WWII training film shows the use of the service gas mask in the field, including how to fit it snugly and check for leaks, as well as the handing of the shoulder bag in which it is carried.  It appears the gas mask being demonstrated is the M2A1 Service Gas Mask.  This was standardized in 1941, based on a successful training mask. The main innovation was the use of improved rubber instead of stockinet cloth on the faceplate. In 1939, the Army developed the lightweight...
Topics: Gas Mask, World War II, United States Army, Training Film, War, M2 Gas Mask, M2A1 Gas Mask
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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 shows them building a German Uboat and its launch into the water. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!   See something interesting?   Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President...
Topics: WWII, U Boat, German Newsreel, World War II, German U Boat, Stock Footage
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This silent, commercially produced "Travelette" movie shows the 1946 Rose Parade, the first parade since 1941, and the first post-WWII parade. It had a fitting theme -- Victory, Unity and Peace. The Grand Marshall this year was Admiral Frederick Halsey (1:00) who led the U.S. Navy to victory in the Pacific in WWII. Highlight floats are Mexico (1:20), City of Los Angeles (1:46), San Francisco (2:21), L.A. Times (2:40), the American Legion float featuring the Iwo Jima Flag Raising...
Topics: WWII, World War II, 1946, Rose Parade, 57th Tournament Of Roses, Pasadena, Stock Footage
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This historic film about Operation Fougasse shows one of England's most secret WWII anti-invasion weapons -- a flame fougasse that used an explosive charge to create a gigantic wall of flame along the British coast.  The flame fougasse was developed by the Petroleum Warfare Department in Britain as an anti-tank weapon during the invasion crisis of 1940. During that period, about 50,000 flame fougasse barrels were deployed in some 7,000 batteries, mostly in southern England and a little later...
Topics: World War II, Fougasse, Weapon, . British Anti-invasion Program, Normandy Landing, Operation...
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This incredible WWII color film was shot in Tunisia by U.S. Army cameramen, and made with the input of Hollywood legends Darryl Zanuck and John Ford.  It follows fresh American troops led by Lt. Gen Mark Clark and Lt. Gen Kenneth Anderson as they join the fight against the Afrika Korps. After arriving at the city of Bone, troops travel overland to the Tunisian Front. Advances are made into the Atlas mountains and enemy forces engaged.  Nazi aircraft raid Bone and a hospital train near...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Operation Torch, North Africa, Mark W. Clark, United States Army,...
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This World War II film dates from 1942 and shows how colleges across America were preparing students in support of the World War II effort.  It shows a bygone era where being patriotic was something important.  It includes footage of the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Dartmouth College, Cornell, UC Berkeley, and Purdue University.  Includes many different shots of ROTC units and auxiliary formations, and shots of African American and female students taking on new roles for the war...
Topics: Campus On The march, World War II, Purdue University, Texas A&M University, Cornell University,...
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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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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
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
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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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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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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...
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,...
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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 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 1965 as part of the "Twentieth Century" TV series with Walter Cronkite, THE PRIDE AND THE SHAME tells the story of the Japanese internment, and the brave actions of patriotic Japanese-Americans such as Daniel Inouye who bravely served in the U.S. Army as part of the 442nd during WWII. Also contains footage of the aftermath of a Japanese submarine shelling the United States -- at about the 4:09 mark you'll see footage of the Santa Barbara refinery hit by the Japanese. The...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Internment Of The Japanese, Nisei, Japanese,...
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This U.S. Navy newsreel consists of several segments.  The first tells the story of the Gilmore Brothers, Charles and Lyman, who attempted to build an airplane several years prior to the Wright Brothers.  The second segment shows the Japanese Kamikaze pilots and tells the story of "how they got that way".  Next, a sexy interlude called "Showtime" with singer Joy Hodges.  This soundie is typical of the 1940s era, where music videos often consisted of cute vignettes....
Topics: Perisocpe Film, Stock Footage, Kamikaze, United States Navy, World War II, Lyman Gilmore, Joy Hodges
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Made by the Department of the Army Air Force in 1942, "Aerial Navigation - Airways Flying" shows various procedures for pilots and air traffic control.   The film discusses the need for civil aviation rules, procedures and operations and an air traffic control center and tower, the meaning of green, amber, red and blue airways, recommended procedures when navigation instruments fail, and rules for approaching and leaving airports.   Includes interesting footage of WWII era telefax,...
Topics: World War II, Aerial Navigation, Airways, Flying, Stock Footage
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Made during WWII for the U.S. Navy by the Jam Handy Organization, "Useful Knots" shows how to tie all sorts of knots. The film illustrates basic rope and knot terminology including defining the bight (1:25), standing piece (1:36) and the fall piece (1:47). Various knots shown including the slip knot (2:23), square or reef knot (2:57), sheet bend (5:51), two half hitches (8:00), clove hitch (11:29), rolling hitch (12:41), bending to a cleat is demonstrated at (16:31). At (21:30) the...
Topics: US Navy, Tie KNOTS, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage Useful Knots
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Created in 1942, this wonderful propaganda and recruiting film explains that "men make the Navy and the Navy makes men" and features Lowell Thomas narrating.  Probably made before Pearl Harbor or adapted shortly after the Japanese attack on December 7th, the film features a brief segment at the end identifying Adolph Hitler and Japan as American adversaries.  Some of the material includes: fleet maneuvers involving battleships, cruisers, destroyers and aircraft carriers, PT boats...
Topics: Lowell Thomas, U.S. Navy, recruiting film, WWII, World War II, PT Boat, Battleship, cruiser,...
Originally released by Paramount as part of the Grantland Rice "Sportlight" series, G.I. FUN FURLOUGH shows U.S. troops relaxing on leave in Manhattan and San Francisco during WWII.  The film shows Rockefeller Center (1:34), the Empire State Building, Coney Island Amusement Park (2:20) including a strength tester (2:30), the airplane ride, and more.  On the Pacific Coast, San Francisco is seen at 3:30 with its cable cars running up Nob Hill.  Female conductors are seen, a wartime...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, World War II, United States Armed Forces, War, New York City, WII,...
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Made in 1942 by the WWII Office for Emergency Management, TANKS is an Orson Welles narrated film about American tank production, showcasing the Detroit Arsenal. Jack Shaindlin composed and conducted the score, and received an award from President Truman for this film. Detroit Arsenal (DTA), formerly Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant (DATP) was the first manufacturing plant ever built for the mass production of tanks in the United States. Established in 1940 under Chrysler, this plant was owned by the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, M3 Stuart, Tank, Chrysler Group LLC, Tank Arsenal, WWII, World War...
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This silent U.S. Navy film shows K-class blimps touching down on the deck of the escort carrier USS Mindoro for refueling.  The date this was shot was certainly after WWII, most likely in 1946.  K-class blimps were used extensively for ASW operations during WWII.   The K-class blimp was a class of blimps (non-rigid airship) built by the Goodyear Aircraft Company of Akron, Ohio for the United States Navy. These blimps were powered by two Pratt & Whitney Wasp nine-cylinder radial...
Topics: Escort Aircraft carrier, Blimp, World War II, Airship, K-Class Blimp, Goodyear Tire And Rubber...
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An interesting home movie from WWII, this silent 8mm film shows "Our Sailor Off to War". It shows a woman named Pat joining the U.S. Navy WAVES in July, 1943. (Note: the movie is a bit damaged from exposure to high heat and has shrunk, so bear with the visuals.) The film shows various scenes including New York's Rockefeller Center at 1:19, what appears to be the observation deck at 2:22, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. At 3:00, A.T. salutes in her uniform. At 3:10, she is shown again in...
Topics: WWII, Home Movies, World War II, Sailors, War, 1843, Stock Footage
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U.S. Coast Guard Motion Picture Digest May 1945 is a silent newsreel-style film of the events of World War II in April and May 1945 that involved the U.S. Coast Guard. The first clip is of the damage done by “fire and exploding ammunition stowed on [the] tank deck aboard LST 884.” The ship was hit by a Japanese kamikaze plane near Okinawa on 1 April 1945. Viewers see the damage caused by the hit, as well as a soldier washing a small dog in a washbasin. In the next clip, SPARs (Coast Guard...
Topics: May, 1945, US Coast Guard, USCG, WWII, World War II, Newsreel, Stock Footage
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This compilation reel was made on behalf of the Treasury Department during WWII to sell Series E bonds, better known as "War Bonds". It shows various mentions of the 5th, 6th and 7th War Loan in the newsreel press, and was likely used to assess how the message was getting across and to gauge participation by various media. The Sixth War Loan Drive raised 21.6 billion dollars in November and December, 1944, and was followed by the Seventh War Loan Drive from May through June, 1945,...
Topics: WWII, World War II, US Treasury Department, War Bond Promo, Newsreel, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Created during WWII by the Santa Fe Railroad, this exceptionally rare color film shows Santa Fe's contribution to the war effort.  After December 7th, 1941 the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company (AT&SF) pressed all available steam and diesel locomotives into action to assist with America's war efforts.  This included the transport of military equipment, freight, troops & other military personnel. The increased employment of women railroad workers is also detailed.
Topics: WWII, World War II, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Railroad, 1941, Stock Footage
Coast Guard Auxiliary. Narrated by Bill Stern. (Member CGA Flotilla Number 302). A US Coast Guard Picture. This is a black and white, 1940s era film, produced by the United States Coast Guard. The purpose of the film is to show the effort and training auxiliary Coast Guardsmen undergo in order to serve the United States Coast Guard. The film opens with a man in a captain’s hat screwing a number plaque on the side of a boat. A small yacht launches into the water. Men load lifejackets onto a...
Topics: United States, Coat Guard, Auxiliary, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. An allied fleet, hunts and sinks a Uboat during WWII. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!   See something interesting?   Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the...
Topics: German Newsreel, U-Boat, WWII, World War II, US Navy, Stock Footage
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One of 26 Private SNAFU (Situation Normal, All F*cked Up) cartoons made by the U.S. Army Signal Corps to educate and boost the morale of the troops. The SNAFU character was created by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Phil Eastman, and most were animated by Warner Brothers Animation Studios. They were voiced by actors including Mel Blanc and scored by Carl Stalling. In this episode, Private Snafu imagines the good times his family is having back home while he's stationed in the Arctic.
Topics: WWII, World War II, US Army, Cartoon, Private SNAFU, DR SEUSS, Stock Footage
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Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter was a 1943 educational dramatic short produced by the United States Air Force during World War II. Its purpose was to instruct pilots in the Pacific theater about recognizing hostile planes at long distances and avoid friendly fire incidents. Most of the film is taken up with a short play in which a young pilot, portrayed by Ronald Reagan, is ordered on reconnaissance missions of the Pacific and encounters another plane which he can't tell is friendly or...
Topics: Recognition, Japanese Zero Fighter, WWII, World War II Stock Footage
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This silent film footage is from the gun cameras of German fighter planes intercepting Allied aircraft including B-17s in the skies of Europe. The films were shot using recording 16mm cameras in the wings of the aircraft, and used to both verify kills and probables, as well as examine tactics used in combat.   The title card at :19 roughly translates as "Original footage of the defense of the Reich by hunter killer squadrons operating against bomber groups."   Each entry shows the...
Topics: 1944, German Gun Camera, WWII, World War II, Air Raids, Stock Footage
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Lest We Forget is a 1947 military documentary that consists of newsreels and government propaganda films, giving viewers a look at the fighting of World War II. The film opens with aerial footage of Berlin in the aftermath of Allied bombing attacks. Footage shows some of the city’s buildings and squares looking desolate. People celebrate the end of the war in Paris (01:33) and London (02:12). Soldiers march along beaches in England, preparing for the invasion of Normandy. LCVPs land on a...
Topics: Lest We Forget, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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War Film #10, titled LIFE LINE, tells the story of the invasion of Rendova and Munda, and the suffering of Marines who fought against this Japanese outpost.   After a terrible Japanese counter-attack by aircraft, wounded Americans are seen at the 7:00 mark, and many are killed in action. This horrifying footage shows Marines lying in the mud, as their comrades try to give them proper burial on the battlefield.   At 8:30, field medical care is seen with plasma, quinine and sulfa being...
Topics: War Film, Invasion, Rendova, WWII, World War II, Medical Care, Stock Footage
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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
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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 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
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The True Glory: From D-Day to V-E Day (1945) is a co-production of the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information, documenting the victory on the Western Front, from Normandy to the collapse of the Third Reich.   Although many individuals, including screenwriter and director Garson Kanin, contributed to the film, British director Carol Reed is normally credited as the director. The film was promoted with the tagline, "The story of your victory...told by the guys...
Topics: True Glory, WWII, Europe, World War II, D Day, 1945
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Released just two months before Pearl Harbor brought the American nation to war, ROOKIE REVUE is a cartoon set on an Army base.  Here, a bugler uses a jukebox to play reveille. In formation, one private has a great deal of trouble remembering what comes after "3"; after he gets it, he decides not to go for the $32 question. In the mess hall, the machine gunners machine gun their food while the bombers catch falling biscuits. The infantry marches for miles - past a "next time,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War, World War II, Warner Bros. Entertainnment, Cartoon
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Heritage of the Hornet is a short 1970s film from McDonnell Douglas that looks at the heritage of the McDonnell Douglas F-18 Hornet—a heritage that is a history of naval ships, starting with the first Hornet in 1775 up through the eighth Hornet, which was decommissioned in 1970. The film opens with shots of the ocean, waves rolling in and hitting against rocks, and U.S. Navy ships at sea. A plane takes off from an aircraft carrier (01:22). Marines march in full uniform. An aerial view shows a...
Topics: Heritage, USS Hornet, 1970, WWII, World War II, F-18 Hornet, Stock Footage
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Made during WWII in 1942, this training film shows how troops can decontaminate vehicles and other equipment that have been exposed to Mustard gas or Lewisite, by spraying the affected vehicle with a chemical agent.  Lewisite is an organoarsenic compound. It was once manufactured in the U.S., Japan, and Germany for use as a chemical weapon, acting as a vesicant (blister agent) and lung irritant. Although colorless and odorless, impure samples of lewisite are a yellow or brown liquid with a...
Topics: periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War Ii, Training Film, War, Decontamination, Sulfur Mustard,...
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Entitled SNAFU, this wonderful WWII training film is part of the "Fighting Men" series, designed to psychological prepare troops for the rigors of combat and Army life.  It features various scenarios about SNAFUs -- situation normal, all fouled up (or "f-d" up!)  As the narrator says "in war, the abnormal is normal.  You can't predict the turns of battle."  Rifles can jam, bridges will not be ready, food won't be delivered on time.  The point of the film is...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Training Film, SNAFU, African American In WWII
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'My Japan' is a 1945 American anti-Japanese propaganda short film produced to spur sale of American war bonds. The film takes the form of a mock travelogue of Japan, presented by an impersonated Japanese narrator.   The film was produced by the War Finance Division, a division of the United States Office of War Information, which was responsible for promoting the sale of all securities offered to the public by the Treasury Department. The 1945 United States Government Manual outlines their...
Topics: World War II, WWII, Anti Japanese Propaganda Film, 1945, Japan, Stock Footage
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Made in 1943 and produced by famed filmmaker Graham McInnes for the National Film Board and the Wartime Prices and Trade Board, PLOWSHARES INTO SWORDS is a typical industrial incentive film from WWII.  The film shows the gigantic agricultural and industrial capacity of Canada, and describes how production (including steel, cattle, meat and grain products, munitions and more) must be increased for the war effort -- nearly 25% according to the needs described by the narrator.  At the same time...
Topics: World War II, Battle Of The Atlantic, Munitions, Propaganda Film, Vancouver, Toronto, Agriculture,...
Made in 1945 by the U.S. Treasury Department, PERISHABLE RUSH shows how the Army Air Forces during World War II flew wounded men from Pacific battle areas to mobile army surgeons hospitals, hospital ships, and finally major  hospitals and eventually home towns in the United States. Uses a mix of actuality footage and fictional reenactments to follow a soldier from being wounded in action, cared for by medics on the battlefield, undergoing surgery in a mobile hospital near the front lines,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Force, World War II, Sikorsky, R-4 Helicopter, Army,...
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This historic film, made by Cunard White Star Lines to promote the Queen Elizabeth, begins with the launching of a ship in the year 1938, as hull no.552 — at 1031ft long, the largest liner in the world. Narrator: "The times of the 552 were not to be easily worn on the Atlantic Sea.  The time was a time of crisis; the world was on the brink of war. At this time his majesty was unable to attend the launching but the Queen and 2 princesses were there and 300,000 voices were raised to...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, New York harbor, Queen Elizabeth, HMS Queen Elizabeth, White Star...
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This is a 1942 United States Navy Training Film, designated as MN-324A-D. PROTECTION AGAINST CHEMICAL WARFARE opens with a history of gas warfare while showing various gas masks. (00:00:33:00) At (00:01:20:00) , we see our first glimpse of animation provided by Walt Disney Studios, depicting a German gas attack.   Through animation, the film goes on to inform the viewer about the different types of gas warfare, including tear gas (00:02:17:00) , irritant smoke (00:02:31:00) , lung irritant...
Topics: World War II, Walt Disney, Chemical Warfare, Cartoon, Stock Footage
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Made during WWII in 1942, this profile of the Free French Navy begins with footage of a Frenchman escaping to England to join the fight against the Axis.  The Free French Navy Headquarters in London is shown, along with sailor cadet training at sea aboard sailing vessels.  The most unique vessel shown is at the 4 minute mark, where the submarine Sourcouf is shown, followed by various French destroyers, and British built Corvettes manned by Frenchmen at the 5:30 mark.      Les Forces...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Free French Naval Force, French Navy, World War II, Charles De Gaulle
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Created during World War II, "The Aftermath of War Production" was created to educate the American public and government officials about the potential financial disaster that might occur after the end of WWII, when millions of surplus goods might be dumped on the market, and when millions of people might be put out of work through the cancellation of contracts. According to the film military surplus is an inevitability, but financial disaster and depression is preventable.   Film...
Topics: home Front, World War II, Aftermath Of World War II, Military Surplus, Economics, Military Supply,...
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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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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
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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
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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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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
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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...
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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 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,...
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...
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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...
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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 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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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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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.
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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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Created at the outset of America's entry into WWII, this Castle Film newsreel shows America as the "Arsenal of Democracy" producing men and materials for the war effort.   Basic training and testing of military equipment is shown, along with the construction of jeeps, tanks, ships, guns, planes, PT boats and other war material.   Some of the spectacular footage included shows tanks driving through buildings and over obstacles, soldiers fording rivers, exercises using horses,...
Topics: World War II, Early WWII, WWII, Call To Arms, Castle Films, Stock Footage
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This black & white wartime documentary is about the procedures, and the closely co-ordinated efforts made by the Royal Navy and Air Force, to locate and rescue downed pilots and aircrew. The rescue aircraft shown is a Westland Lysander, an airplane that was more or less obsolete by 1940 but well suited the role of spotter.  After the fall of France, UK-based Lysanders went to work operating air-sea rescue, dropping dinghies to downed RAF aircrew in the English Channel. Fourteen squadrons...
Topics: Pilot, WWII, World War II, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, 1940s, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This silent footage from WWII was shot by U.S. Navy combat cameramen for use in a wartime production entitled "Sunset in the Pacific" (see film 81884). This film was intended to promote the work of the combat cameramen and photographers in the Pacific. The film begins with footage aboard ship. At :00, a sailor uses an early radar system to detect incoming enemy aircraft. At :18,  anti-aircraft gunners engage targets. At :30 a Japanese plane falls into the sea. At :37, an escort...
Topics: US Navy, Combat Camera, Photographers, Pacific Theater, WWII, World War II, 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 film takes a look at the 2nd Battle of Guam in July through August of 1944. It involved U.S.forces moving to recapture Guam which had been captured by Japan in 1941. Guam was under 1,600 miles from Tokyo and Manila (:32), another reason the U.S. wanted to recapture it. Japan used the island to guard their vital sea lanes. After the fall of Saipan, Guam was pointed to as the next target (:43). US convoys make their way towards Guam (:52). Pre-invasion bombardments carried on hitting shore...
Topics: 1944, War Department, WWII, World War II, Guam, Stock Footage
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This silent home movie was shot in December 1945.  World War II had just ended and the Tournament of Roses celebrated in grand style. Many Victory floats are seen in the parade, and WWII themes including an Iwo Jima float seen at the 9:18 mark. The 1946 Rose Bowl, played on January 1, 1946 is seen briefly at the 11:30 mark.  This was the 32nd Rose Bowl Game, between the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama and the Trojans of the University of Southern California. The Tide defeated the...
Topics: 1946, Rose Parade, California, WWII, World War II, Victory Celebration, Stock Footage
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During WWII, American engineers created a variety of training simulators for pilots and gun crews. This included Fred Waller, whose Waller Gunnery Trainer used multiple film projectors to train aerial gun crews.  Before the war, Waller was in charge of special effects for Paramount Pictures and head of their short-subjects division.  After the war Waller invented the multi-projector Cinerama film and theater format. This film is likely a 16mm version of a Waller training film -- which were...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Simulator, Army Air Forces, Tail Gunner, Stock Footage
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This WWII film, which has sound by the way only it's incredibly low, shows the U.S. Navy's experimental WWII weapon the TDN-1 drone.  Built by the Naval Aircraft Factory, the TDN was an early unmanned combat aerial vehicle - referred to at the time as an "assault drone" - developed by the United States Navy's Naval Aircraft Factory during the Second World War. Developed and tested during 1942 and 1943, the design featured a television camera in the nose and could be flown by remote...
Topics: US Navy, TDN-1, Radio Controlled, World War II, WWII, Drones, Torpedos, Stock Footage
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This episode of "The Big Picture", part of the "Army in Action" WWII history series, is entitled "The Victory".  It highlights the events leading up to the surrender of Germany in 1945, including the death of Mussolini and the suicide of Adolf Hitler, the liberation of the Philippines by U.S. forces under MacArthur, the victory at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and the surrender of Japan in September of 1945.  It also includes coverage of V-E and V-J Day and the...
Topics: World War II, Adolf Hitler, Aachen, Philippines, Leyte. Battle of Leyte Gulf, Army, Surrender Of...
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Produced in 1945, "Hannibal Victory" documents the activities of the World War II Victory Ship S.S. Hannibal Victory, named after Mark Twain’s Mississippi River hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. Departing from San Francisco, the ship carries a cargo of eight steam locomotive engines and cars across the Pacific to the Philippines. The crew’s daily routines are portrayed along with occasional threats by Japanese vessels.  During World War II, 534 "Victory ships" were...
Topics: World War II, Periscope Film, Victory Ship, World War, Hannibal, Film
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One of the U.S. Army's "Big Picture" TV episodes, in the WWII "Army in Action" series, "The Slumbering Giant Awakens" depicts the battle of supply and logistics won by the United States Army in 1943.  Also depicted in this film are the tactical operations in 1943 in North Africa, where the Germans are defeated in Tunisia.  There is also coverage of the Pacific, the Aleutians including the invasion of Attu, Australian troops fighting in New Guinea and the assault...
Topics: The Big Picture, World War II United States army, Attu Island, Aleutian Island, Afrika Korps,...
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This WWII film, "Target: Japan", shows the rebuilding of the fleet after Pearl Harbor, and outlines some of the strategic operations in 1943-1944.  It features Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King outlining the strategic situation as it existed in 1944. The film shows U.S. troops landing on Enewetak and Kwajalein. Task Force 58 moves into the Marianas and Saipan is invaded. Troops advance on Guam.  The film features footage of submarines operating in the Northern Pacific at the 4:00 mark,...
Topics: US Navy, WWII, Target japan, Japan, World War II, Stock Footage
Designed to promote racial harmony and understanding in wartime, TWENTY SEVEN SOLDIERS shows the cooperation between twenty seven different nations and ethnicities to defeat the Axis in Italy.  Road signs are shown in some of the 12 languages used by Allied armies at the front, and many wonderful shots of American, British, Indian, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, Free French, Free Yugoslavs, Free Dutch, Free Polish, and other armies.  Soldiers from many different nations are seen with...
Topics: Perisocpe Film, Stock Footage, Propaganda Film, World War II, Film, Allied Army
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This extremely rare silent film shows prototype tires created by the Martin Tire Company for use in combat on Jeeps and trucks.  The "elastic spoke" tires used no air, instead carrying all the vehicle's load in tension.  Tests appeared to indicate that the tires functioned well in various conditions and provided improved braking characteristics and shock absorption for the driver.   Information about this tire is rare but the patent for the tires, US 2331212 A, indicates that they...
Topics: Jeep, World War II, Tires, Willy's Jeep, Experimental, Automobile, Military, U.S. Army, Michelin,...
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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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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 26 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  In this episode "The Road Back: New Guinea" Crusade in the Pacific examines the difficult New Guinea campaign. The...
Topics: World War II, New Guinea, Pacific Campaign, Crusade In The Pacific, 1942, Douglas, Pacific Ocean,...
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This one-of-a-kind film shows the flight test of a Remington Rand television camera aboard a small aircraft.  The exact story behind this film is not yet known, but during WWII television was used in a series of weapons including the TDR-1 Torpedo Drone and Operation Anvil and Operation Aphrodite -- which used TV to convert bomber aircraft into radio controlled flying bombs.  That may or may not have been the point of this particular test.   Another concept (for instance) was to use...
Topics: Television, World War II, Operation Aphrodite, TDR-1 Drone, Remington Rand, Operation Anvil
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This Film Communique Eleventh Issue, Official War Film 35, was Issued by the War Department and Produced by the Army Pictorial Service with Cooperation of Combat Film Units from Signal Corps, Army Air Forces, Navy and Marines in 1944.  This Film Communique consists of various segments: HAS ANYBODY HERE SEEN KELLY?   00:44 A young American soldier (Tech Sergeant Chuck Kelly),  of Irish descent returns home after receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor for Bravery from Mark Clark in Africa,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Medal Of Honor, Task Force, Task Force 58, World War II, WWII,...
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This WWII Ministry of Information film shows the Ack Ack gun crew using their mobile gun.  The narrator speaks about the diverse backgrounds of the recruits, and discusses how the gun (most likely a 40mm Bofors cannon) can fire a shell up to 30,000 feet.  A height finder and a predictor are used to come up with a firing solution to hit incoming aircraft.  The commentator also notes that enemy planes often fly a zig-zag or other evasive course to avoid being hit, but this can also have a...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Anti Aircraft Warfare, Ack Ack, The Blitz, Bofos, War,...
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This film BOUGAINVILLE A STEP TO VICTORY presents the Bougainville Campaign starting in mid-1943, as Allied planes began bombing the Solomons. At 1:10, troops are seen loading up at Guadalcanal, to head towards Bougainville. The beach assault is seen at 2:15, with the landing on November 3, 1943. The battle that follows is a heated one, with troops backed by tanks and flamethrowers advancing into the jungle and taking heavy casualties. Maps are read in the field at 5:30, with plans to assault...
Topics: World War II, WWII, Bougainville, Campaign, Operation Cartwheel, Newsreel, 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
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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...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Army, German Village, World War II, Arto Monaco, War
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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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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
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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
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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
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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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 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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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
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...