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Produced in 1938, this American newsreel shows the Anschluss -- the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in March 1938.  Austria was annexed into the German Third Reich on 12 March 1938. There had been several years of pressure by supporters in both Austria and Germany (by both Nazis and non-Nazis) for the "Heim ins Reich" movement. Earlier, Nazi Germany had provided support for the Austrian National Socialist Party (Austrian Nazi Party) in its bid to seize power from Austria's...
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Topics: Adolph Hitler, WWII, newsreel, Austria
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This vintage newsreel shows the eruption of Parícutin (or Volcán de Parícutin, also accented Paricutín) in 1943. The now-dormant scoria-cone volcano is located in the Mexican state of Michoacán, near the city of Uruapan and about 322 km west of Mexico City. The volcano surged suddenly from the cornfield of local farmer Dionisio Pulido in 1943, attracting both popular and scientific attention. This eruption presented the first occasion for modern science to document the full life cycle of...
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Topics: Eruption, Paricutin, Volcano, Michoacan, Mexico, 1943, Newsreel, Stock Footage
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Dating from 1928, this silent newsreel shows the flight of the Bremen, a German Junkers W 33 aircraft that made the first successful transatlantic airplane flight from east to west between April 12 and 13, 1928. The Bremen left Baldonnel Aerodrome, Ireland on April 12 and flew to Greenly Island, Canada, arriving on April 13, after a flight fraught with difficult conditions and compass problems. The crew consisted of pilot Captain Hermann Köhl, the navigator, Major James Fitzmaurice, and the...
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Topics: 1928, newsreel, Bremen airplane, Greenly Island, Henry Ford Museum, Germany, Bremen, Baldonnel
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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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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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If there had been a Youtube in the 1940s, this film would have been a million viewed video!  "Aquafrolics" features underwater ballet, a circus troupe of performers eating and smoking underwater, the Marine Studios in Florida where porpoises perform for the crowd and mermaid girls in one-piece swimsuits can be seen through an underwater window, sharks and a giant turtle battling a deep sea diver, water skiing stunts, Australian surf boarding, Mazatlan cliff diving, kayaking, puddle...
Topics: Newsreel, Underwater, Underwater Basketball
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Although of somewhat poor quality, this historic silent newsreel shows German fighter ace Hermann Goering in action during WWI, and shots of the Fokker D.VII aircraft. Hermann Wilhelm Göring 12 January 1893 – 15 October 1946) was a German politician, military leader, and leading member of the Nazi Party (NSDAP). A veteran of World War I as an ace fighter pilot, he was a recipient of the coveted Pour le Mérite, also known as the "Blue Max". He was the last commander of...
Topics: Herman Goring, Newsreel, World War 1, Germany, Fokker, Manfred D. VII, Luftstretkrafte, Manfred Von...
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Original Japanese newsreels showing U.S. surrender in Philippines and march from Bataan. This original Japanese newsreel apparently dates to 1942, and shows Japanese Imperial Army and Navy forces on the move in the Pacific. The first part of the newsreel either has no soundtrack or the soundtrack was damaged; a later portion has sound. Some of the segments include Japanese forces accepting the surrender of American and Philippine troops at the 18 minute mark. General Jonathan M. Wainwright is...
Topics: Stock footage, Japanese Newsreel, Japanese, WWII, Philippines
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Produced for the home market, this silent German newsreel shows the German assault on Crete, also known as the Battle of Crete or "Operation Mercury". The film begins with maps showing the strategic importance of the island before showing the assembly of paratroops and boarding of Junker Ju-52 trimotors and other transport aircraft. At 2:00 the first paratroops are dropped, followed by many others. The aircraft make return flights to drop more. At 4:14 paratroops assemble on the...
Topics: WWII, Germany, Newsreel, May 1941, Paratroop, Island Of Crete, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this short silent newsreel shows wartime activities "From Murmansk to Africa". At the start of the film, bombs are loaded on Luftwaffe Stukas and bomber aircraft tasked with the mission of bombing Allied convoys headed for Murmansk. At 1:00 bombs fall onto the port of Murmansk. At 1:18 the Caucus Front line is shown with German artillery firing against Russian lines. At 2:00 German troops with inflatable assault boats prepare to cross a...
Topics: 1942, Africa, German Newsreel, Murmansk, WWII, World War 2
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One of a series of silent films made for the home market in Germany during WWII, "Europe's Fight Against Bolshevism" shows German activities on the Eastern Front, with a focus on the Battle of Kiev. At :20 Werner Molders is shown, a World War II German Luftwaffe pilot, wing commander, and the leading German fighter ace in the Spanish Civil War. At :25 the head of the Luftwaffe, Hermann Wilhelm Göring, is seen along with Ernst Udet. At :46 the strategic situation in the Ukraine is...
Topics: 1941, Germany, German Film, Soviet Defeat, German Newsreel
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Made in the 1950s by the Shell Oil Co., this film "History of the Helicopter" features a look at the revolutionary machine that, at the time the film was made, had only recently come into wide use. The film features a brief look back at some of the failed attempts to build a helicopter, and discusses Breguet, Sikorsky, Berliner and others who were convinced that rotary wings were the answer to the problem of flying. The film also shows the autogiro, a relative of the helicopter....
Topic: Newsreel, Aircraft, Rotary Wings, Autogyro, Sikorsky Helicopter, Sikorsky S-51, Piasecki, Juan...
Created in the 1930s, this German newsreel shows the "expansion of Germany" under Adolf Hitler including the seizure of the Sudentenland.  German troops are shown being welcomed into the area, along with Hitler himself who arrives in a large open car to a hero's welcome.    Also shown is Mahren also known as Moravia.  Following the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, Moravia became part of Czechoslovakia. As one of the five lands of Czechoslovakia, it had restricted...
Topics: Adolf Hitler, World war II, Kreigsmarine, Sudetenland, Moravia, Nazi Germany, World War II,...
Made prior to World War II by Official Films, this silent newsreel THE MARINES HAVE LANDED shows the Marine Corps' basic training including hand-to-hand combat, rifle drill, classroom courses (including a lecture on battleship layout at the 1:30 mark).  It also includes footage of Marine airmen in training, flying biplanes, and Leatherneck paratroop trainees learning how to prep parachutes and jump out of C-47s.  Some of the footage appears to have been shot at Camp Pendleton and Marine...
Topics: Newsreel, US Marines, USMC, Marine, Periscope Film, Stock Footage
Yesterday’s Newsreel Tokyo Prepares for Bombing 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...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Tokyo, Air Raid, Drill, 1940, Stock Footage
Dating to early 1944 and prior to the D-Day invasion, this WWII newsreel prepared by the Office of Strategic Services assesses enemy strength, and looks at grand strategy, production and logistics, showing what has been accomplished so far -- and what sacrifices will need to be made to ensure victory. Opening titles:(:07-1:20). September 12, 1943, German paratroopers free Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in the Gran Sasso Raid. The German Fallschirmjäger led by Major Harald Mors and Waffen-SS...
Topics: 1944, War Department, Gran Sasso Raid, Axis Military Strength, WWII, Newsreel, Stock Footage
The New Jersey Turnpike. This 1950s era, color film, visits the famous New Jersey Turnpike which begins at the George Washington Bridge connecting New Jersey and Manhattan. An animated map follows its route, down the Hudson and through industrial New Jersey, all the way to the Delaware Memorial Bridge outside of Philadelphia. A map of the United States overlays an aerial view of the highway 1:00. Aerial view of the Turnpike and its tollbooths 1:16. The Turnpike weaves through industrial and...
Topics: New Jersey, Turnpike, 1950, Super Highway, Newsreel, Stock Footage
This 1939 silent newsreel was originally made for private home viewing, and sold in American department stores.  The film shows the process by which Pope Pius XII was selected, and features footage of many of the Cardinals who participated in the process including American George Cardinal Mundelein and Dennis Cardinal Dougherty.    Pope Pius XI died on 10 February 1939. Several historians have interpreted the conclave to choose his successor as facing a choice between a diplomatic or a...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Roman Catholic Church, Pope Puis XII, Vatican City, Religion, Holy...
This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 83) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The episode starts with footage of Nazi Germany’s Siegfried Line. Nazi soldiers look down on the Siegfried line. Footage shows soldiers walking into a bunker, a trench, and more steel and concrete block houses along the line. French soldiers across the Rhine respond to the playing...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Brooklyn River Race, Jai Alai, Bremen Flight, 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
This film is of the series of films titled ‘Yesterday’s Newsreel’ which combined actual news footage with modern commentary. The first segment is from 1917 to 1920 (:08) and begins with historic images of the events which resulted in the constitutional amendment that led to the women’s right to vote (:18). It had been a 69-year movement that was climaxed with the appeal of the White House depicted here (:24).   Susan B. Anthony became the chairwoman of the executive committee of the...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Susan B Anthony, 1917, Stock Footage
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This 1945 newsreel shows the final stages of World War II in Europe with American, British, Russian and allied forces descending upon the German heartland.  The seizure of Cologne is shown and the capture of the Rhine bridge (the Lundendorff Bridge) at Remagan.  The British, Canadian and American armies cross the Rhine (accompanied in this film by Churchill, who made a visit to the front) and the Western Front begins to collapse.  Rocket launchers are used in action by the United States....
Topics: WWII, newsreel, V-E Day, World War II, Eisenhower, Patton, Montgomery, Jodl, Wehrmacht, Berlin,...
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Fabulous "camera thrill" highlights from WWII features aerial and naval combat, a desperate battle on a South Pacific island between Japanese forces and assaulting U.S. Marines, paratroops, glider troops, a U-boat attack, gun camera footage of strafing and dog fights, plane crashes, and more.  "The motion picture camera has never been closer to the deadly fire of enemy guns than here ..." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic...
Topics: newsreel, U-boat, paratroops, WWII, World War II, combat, gun camera
This silent German newsreel shows World War I U-boats preparing for war patrols, and departing for combat, and then sinking vessels on the high seas.  Some of the rare images in this film include a U-boat stopping a sailing vessel in the Atlantic, forcing the crew to abandon ship and then sinking the enemy vessel.  This type of "gallant" warfare would be replaced by less kind methods -- unrestricted submarine warfare.    Unrestricted submarine warfare is a type of naval warfare in...
Topics: Newsreel, Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Submarine, German Navy, World War, U-Boat, SS Luisitania,...
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This German World War I silent newsreel shows activities along the Western Front.  The exact year and places depicted are unknown.   Following the outbreak of World War I in 1914, the German Army opened the Western Front by first invading Luxembourg and Belgium, then gaining military control of important industrial regions in France. The tide of the advance was dramatically turned with the Battle of the Marne. Following the race to the sea, both sides dug in along a meandering line of...
Topics: Newsreel, World War I, Germany, All Quiet On The Western Front
Created shortly after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a memorial, this newsreel was shown to U.S. troops overseas as part of the "Army/Navy Screen Magazine".  The film shows the President's body leaving Warm Springs and going to Washington by train, and then the funeral parade through the nation's capitol, and ceremonial lying in state, and ends with the body interred at Hyde Park, New York. The film is set to music with the words of the fallen President throughout....
Topics: President Truman, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Newsreel
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Produced in 1951, this Castle Films newsreel tells the story of Douglas MacArthur, one of the great generals in the history of the United States Army, but one who was removed from command for insubordination by President Truman in the Korean War.   The film contains rare footage of MacArthur in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War.   The dramatic footage of MacArthur arriving in Leyte is seen at the 3 minute mark, preceded by MacArthur speaking the famous words "I shall return" in front of...
Topics: The Macarthur, Report, Korean War, newsreel, Douglas Macarthur, Stock Footage
This is a silent film created by Excel as part of its “News of the World” series, which was created for the home market and sold through magazines. "News of the World" reported various news events from World War II. There were various editions, this one is from 1943. The film opens with a title card: Italian newsreel pictures show demonstrations against fascism at the beginning of the Badoglio government and the downfall of Mussolini. The film opens with unruly crowds in a Piazza...
Topics: 1943, Excel, Newsreel, Macarthur, Victory, Lae, Mussolini, Overthrown, WWII, Stock Footage,...
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This WWII era Red Cross film shows some of the organization's work during the conflict, including some of its most traditional activities -- teaching young people to swim, and learning artificial respiration.  The launch of a new Liberty Ship SS John Barton Payne is shown.  Its namesake was former chairman of the Red Cross.  The new hospital ship SS Hope is also shown going into commission.  Norman H. Davis, the chair of the Red Cross is shown returning from a tour of American Red Cross...
Topics: Liberty Ship, USS Hope, Hospital Ship, Norman Davis, American Red Cross, Blood Plasma, MASH Unit,...
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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
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 newsreel of the 1939 New York's World's Fair shows some of the highlights of the fair, including the pavilions of various states and nations, the General Electric Pavilion, the Amusement Area (the Life Saver Parachute Jump later relocated to Coney Island, is at the 5:15 mark), the Savoy stage show, and the automotive pavilions including those of Ford and General Motors -- known as the Futurama.  There are also displays of modern and historic railroad locomotives as part of the...
Topics: 1939 New York Worlds Fair, Newsreel, Savoy, Futurama, General Motors, New York City
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Made for sale to the home market in the late 1920s, these silent newsreels show Charles LIndbergh preparing to leave on his epic Trans-Atlantic flight in 1927.   The film includes good luck greetings from Lindy's mother and even his rival, Commander Byrd.   At the 4:30 mark, a second newsreel shows Lindy returning to the United States aboard the cruiser USS Memphis, with his aircraft in a box on the deck.   The Memphis arrives at the Washington Navy Yard, and Lindy is greeted by his mother...
Topics: CHarles Lindbergh, Newsreel, 1920, Commander Byrd, Trans Atlantic Flight, Stock Footage
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the final events of World War II, including the development and testing of the atomic bomb, the atomic bombing of Japan, the Japanese surrender, and the U.S. occupation of the Japanese mainland including Honshu, and the arrival of the U.S. Third Fleet in Tokyo Bay. The film not only includes the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, the celebration in Manhattan's Times Square, and a parade in Red Square Moscow. Some...
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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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Made in 1967, this Aeronautics and Space Report was produced by NASA.  Just ten years after the launch of Sputnik, this film shows some of the preparations for the Apollo 11 moon landing.  First, the Surveyor probes are shown landing on the Moon and making photographic surveys.  The Lunar Orbiters are also shown -- 3 of these craft circled the Moon to create photographic maps of the surface.  The Apollo 4 mission is also shown, with a successful test of the Saturn V rocket.  In the wake of...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, NASA, Newsreel, Astronomy, Surveyor, Lunar Orbit, Moon, Saturn V,...
This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features eight segments of historic highlights.  Capitol of Glamour 1905-1950 Hollywood Henry Ford and Thomas Edison demonstrate the 1888 movie camera (:43-1:00). The 1910 hills and orchards of Hollywood are panned. Workers pick fruit from trees (1:01-1:07). Producer Al Christie sets up a stage in 1911 for his Nestor Studios, first in...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, 1950s, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Stock Footage
Created at the outset of 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 tanks, ships, guns, planes and other war material.  Some of the spectacular footage included shows tanks driving through buildings and over obstacles, soldiers fording rivers, and naval exercises.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topics: newsreel, home front, WWII, Jeep, tank, submarine, PT Boat, battleship, military training, draft,...
Dating to 1941, this black and white, silent film from Castle "War in the East  British-Greek Victories" chronicles the Italian victory in Ethiopia in 1936, and shows some of the early successes that the Greek Army achieved against Italian forces, and British successes in North Africa -- in particular the Battle of Bardia -- in 1940-41. While largely forgotten, both of the campaigns shown in this film had meaningful impact on the war. In particular, Greece's defeat of Mussolini's...
Topics: 1941 WWII, Newsreel, British Victories, Libya, Greek, Italian Army, Ethiopia, Greece, Stock Footage
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This is a fascinating silent 16mm movie newsreel of the San Francisco World's Fair -- known as The Golden Gate International Exposition. It was held at San Francisco's Treasure Island, and was a World's Fair celebrating, among other things, the city's two newly built bridges. The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opened in 1936 and the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937. The exposition opened from February 18, 1939, through October 29, 1939, and from May 25, 1940, through September 29, 1940. The...
Topics: San Francisco, World's Fair, Golden Gate Exposition, Yerba Buena Island, 1939, 1940, newsreel
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This vintage silent newsreel shows the California Pacific International Exposition held in San Diego, California during May 29, 1935–November 11, 1935 and February 12, 1936–September 9, 1936. The exposition was held in Balboa Park, San Diego's large central urban park, which had also been the site of the earlier Panama-California Exposition in 1915. The Exposition was held to promote San Diego and support its economy, which had slowed with the country's Great Depression. The first year was...
Topics: California, Pacific, International Exposition, San Diego, Newsreel, 1935, Stock Footage
Produced by the Office of War Information in late 1942 or early 1943 for civilian indoctrination, this newsreel shows various aspects of the war. It begins with a segment about wartime travel, and how a lot of capacity is lost due to needless trips being made by civilians. A soldier is shown missing his bus, because a civilian took an unnecessary trip.   At 3:11, a mobile laundry is seen being used by the U.S. Army, to wash up to 7,000 uniforms per week in the field.   At 5:40, the Alaskan...
Topics: US Newsreel, Alcan, Highway, Completed Wartime, Train Travel, Jungle, Fighting, WWII, 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,...
This excellent "extreme sports" type action and stunt compilation from the 1930s to 40s includes iconic images of Hell Driver Lucky Teter in action.  It also includes auto racing car crashes, airplane crashes, bullfighting, rodeo bronc busting, skiing, kayaking, surfing, circus acrobatics on the trapeze, steeplechase, bullfighting, aquaplaning and more. Check out the aerial daredevils at the 7:15 mark, and the aerial stunts beginning shortly afterwards -- including a man being picked...
Topics: Lucky Teter, Hell Drivers, Film, Newsreel, Rodeo, Car Crashes, Stunt Pilot, Surfing, Dick Grace, 13...
This silent historic newsreel begins with the arrival of prominent Nazis at Tempelhof Airport in honor of a national holiday.  The exact date and event we're not sure -- so if you know please leave information in the comments.  Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels is one of the welcoming committee at the airport.  The scene then moves to a massive stadium, possibly the Berlin Olympic stadium, where a spectacular celebration and rally is undertaken.  A large dirigible -- possibly the zeppelin...
Topics: Berlin Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, Newsreel, Joseph Boebbels, Hermann...
This silent historic newsreel begins with the arrival of prominent Nazis at Tempelhof Airport in honor of a national holiday.  The exact date and event we're not sure -- so if you know please leave information in the comments.  Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels is one of the welcoming committee at the airport.  The scene then moves to a massive stadium, possibly the Berlin Olympic stadium, where a spectacular celebration and rally is undertaken.  A large dirigible -- possibly the zeppelin...
Topics: Berlin Tempelholf, Berlin, Airport, Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Goring, Adolf hitler, Newsreel, Nazi...
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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.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock...
Topics: German Newsreel, Ubaot, HMS, Germany
This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features eight segments of historic highlights. Golden Eaglets 1919-1950. Girl Scouts in uniform show their allegiance hand gesture. Founder Juliet Low looks up at the camera in 1919. An early group of Girl Scouts march in formation. A Girl Scout blows a bugle in front of tents. Girl Scouts weave baskets. The Girl Scouts have their camping...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Girl Scouts, 1919, 1950, Ice Skating, Stock Footage
This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 25) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The film starts off with “The Gandhi Story.” Mahatma Gandhi walks through a village (00:38). Disciple Madeleine Slade passes by the camera wearing a simple dress or robe. People strike in the streets. British troops suppress protesters in Bombay (01:50). The film shows India’s...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Mahatma Ghandi, Roscoe Turner, Hawks Bay, Earthquake, 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
This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features eight segments of historic highlights. Jimmy Walker Story 1925-1932. “Beau” James is shown as a Senator, going on to be a liberal Democrat mayor of New York City. The group of men are dressed in 1925 overcoats over suits and wearing hats with wide bands. He shakes hands with Giants player John McGraw and throws the first pitch...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Jimmy Walker, Los Angeles, 1950s, Stock Footage
Released in 1944 for the home market by Castle Films, "Yanks Invade Marshall Islands!" is a silent newsreel showing attacks on Roi and Namur in the Marshalls chain as part of the Battle of Kwajalein. At 1:03, raids by B-24 Liberators are made on Japanese airfields and other strongholds. At 1:59, battleships and cruisers deliver a barrage against shore positions. At 2:54, D-Day on Kwajalein, as the Marines head into landing craft and onto the beach. At 4:02, a huge cloud of smoke...
Topics: Yanks, Marshall Islands, Invasion, 1944, Castle Newsreel, Kwajalein, January 1944, Stock Footage,...
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This historic newsreel shows some interesting events in the 1940s including the attack on the French fleet by the British at Oran and the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge, was a suspension bridge in the U.S. state of Washington that spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7 of the...
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Produced in 1945, this newsreel shows the invasion of Okinawa by U.S. Marines and the desperate battle that followed.  The second half of the film documents the fate of the aircraft carrier USS Franklin, which was hit by a kamikaze fifty miles off the coast of Japan and severely damaged. 800 of its complement were killed. The epic battle to save the ship was one of the most courageous moments in the history of the U.S. Navy during WWII. The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg, was...
Topics: newsreel, WWII, Okinawa, Pacific, Japan, United States, U.S. Navy, Ryukus, USS Franklin, kamikaze
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
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...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features eight segments of historic highlights. The Hope for Peace 1919-1945. 1919.  President Wilson is greeted by General Pershing in France for the Paris Peace Conference creating the League of Nations. Also present in the Hall of Mirrors is England’s Prime Minister George. The four leaders stand together: Wilson, George, Orlando...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Peace, WWI, WWII, League Of Nations, Fire, Manila, Stock Footage
One of a series of newsreels produced by Official Films during WWII, this film features news events of 1942. It begins with coverage of Gen. Douglas MacArthur's departure from the Philippines, Gen. Stillwell and Chiang Kai-shek in Burma, the famous Flying Tigers operating in China, an Allied convoy repelling an Axis attack, British planes bomb Paris, the British occupy Madagascar and the Battle of Midway in the Pacific. The Flying Tigers were a mercenary flying force from the USA, active prior...
Topics: Official FIlms, Newsreel, 1942, Vol.2, Douglas Macarthur, Flying Tigers, Battle Of Midway, Stock...
This black & white film shows the early stages of the Allied forces invasion at Anzio, Italy in 1944. The film lacks credits or other information, but likely dates to 1944. The Battle of Anzio took place from January 22 to June 5, 1944, when Rome was finally captured. The operation was opposed by German forces in the area of Anzio and Nettuno. The landing operation was commanded by U.S. Army Major General John P. Lucas of VI Corps. The initial landing achieved complete surprise. However...
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent newsreel shows the Caucus front and in particular the ascent of Mt. Elbrus on the border of Southern Russia and Georgia. The film starts with a situational map before showing Axis allied troops in the forests with both horses and camels. At 1:30 mountain troops move up into the snow line. At 2:40 parts of a large artillery piece are assembled and the piece is then readied. At 3:00 mountain troops advance high up Elbrus. At 4:00 a...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Mt. Elbris, GErman Newsreel
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Made for the home market during WWII by Degeto, this short, silent film shows the German Army advancing on Armawir and Stavropol in the Russian Caucuses (Stavropol aka Woroschilowsk ). At :34 a map shows the lines below Stalingrad and east of the Black Sea, with German forces moving from Rostov-on=Don. At :47 artillery blasts Soviet positions and a T-38 tank is shown burning at 1:01. At 1:04 Panzers move across the plains in the summer heat. At 1:20 large fires are shown on the outskirts of...
Topics: German Newsreel, 1942, Armavyr, Voroshilovsky, Germany, German Film
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....
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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
Featuring Lt. General Albert Watson, this episode of THE BIG PICTURE profiles the Third Army, now known as the United States Army Central, including training at Fort Bennning and Fort Bragg, and intensive efforts in Vietnam to train the South Vietnamese Army as well as a gigantic exercise in Iran known as "Operation Delaware".  The Third Army is a military formation of the United States Army, which saw service in World War I and World War II, in the 1991 Gulf War, and in the...
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This silent WWII German newsreel shows long range German bomber aircraft making strikes against Allied shipping in the Atlantic sea lanes near Ireland.  In 1940, these "back door" raids were commonplace and costly to both sides.  On one raid in July of that year for example, the Luftwaffe destroyed five ships in one convoy and damaged five other ships and two destroyers while sustaining the loss of 28 aircraft -- some of them shot down in the heavily-guarded English Channel.   The...
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This silent German newsreel shows World War I U-boats preparing for war patrols, and departing for combat, and then sinking vessels on the high seas.  Some of the rare images in this film include a U-boat stopping a sailing vessel in the Atlantic, forcing the crew to abandon ship and then sinking the enemy vessel.  This type of "gallant" warfare would be replaced by less kind methods -- unrestricted submarine warfare.    Unrestricted submarine warfare is a type of naval warfare in...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features eight segments of historic highlights. Will Rogers 1921-1935. 1921- Rogers, wearing a suit, performs a rope trick as part of a Ziegfeld Follies act with Tom Mix. 1927- Will poses with his wife and children.  He performs at a rodeo in Mexico. Will tells Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle he’s going to represent the audience....
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Made for the home market, this silent, German propaganda newsreel from the fascist era shows events of the National Labour Day of 1933 30th of April and 1st of May 1933 – showing a speech of von Schirach at a Walpurgis Night Hitler Youth Rally, the works of preparing the Tempelhof expo grounds for a meeting, which will later be a scene of mass book burning. Seen are Hitler, Goebbels, Werner von Blomberg, Paul von Hindenburg. 0:12 Card:  "Since the Reichstag building was burned by the...
Topics: German, Newsreel, 1933, National Labor, Celebration, Fire, Hitler, Youth Activities, Stock Footage
This silent WWII newsreel, created for the home market in Germany, shows German aircraft and submarines attacking an Allied convoy in the North Sea.   Attacks such as these on the convoy line to Murmansk were extremely costly for the Allies.   The Arctic convoys of World War II were oceangoing convoys which sailed from the United Kingdom, Iceland, and North America to northern ports in the Soviet Union - primarily Arkhangelsk (Archangel) and Murmansk, both in modern-day Russia. Although there...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, U-Boat, War, Murmansk, Newsreel, Arctic Convoy, WW2
This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 82) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The episode opens with George Lewis “Tex” Rickard looking over the fight contract between Jess Willard and Jack Dempsey. He looks at plans for a stadium, and footage shows men building the stands near Toledo, OH, site of the match. Jess Willard climbs into a car, then he is shown...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Tex Rickard, Boxing, Everglades, Highway, Stock Footage
Made during WWII for the home market in Germany, this silent newsreel shows the battle for Sevastopol. The film begins with a map showing Soviet defenses on the peninsula including fortifications. At :43 German columns of tanks occupy the high ground and mortars and artillery begin lobbing shells into the city.   After the barrage the infantry begins to move forward at 2:00, supported by tanks. At 2:30 Stukas join the fight, bombing Soviet positions. At 3:14 troops break into enemy lines. At...
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Prepared for the home market, this silent WWII era Excel Newsreel was sold in Sears and other department stores for viewing by the American public.  The film shows Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Italy in 1943, and contains some great shots of General George S. Patton in command of invasion forces.   Operation Husky, was a major World War II campaign, in which the Allies took Sicily from the Axis Powers (Italy and Nazi Germany). It was a big amphibious and airborne operation,...
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This silent, historic German film produced during WWII by UFA is titled "U-boats on patrol". It shows U-boats operating in Wolfpacks, hunting Allied convoys during the Battle of the Atlantic. At the start of the film at :25, a Type IX U-boat is seen preparing to go on a mission. A band :39 plays as the submarine comes to port for a deployment ceremony. At :14 multiple U-boats head out to sea and the watch is manned. At 1:28 an Allied convoy is spotted and the boat crash dives (1:42)...
Topics: WWII, German U Boat, Atlantic, German Newsreel, Germany, Stock Footage
Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent film "German warships break through the Channel" shows the "Channel Dash" operation of the Kriegsmarine in 1942. The film begins with images of Brest harbor, as German ships plan a breakout thru the Dover Strait. At :35 Admiral Erich Raeder is seen addressing crew prior to the start of the operation. At :49 a map shows the strategic situation with ships leaving Brest. At 1:05 an E-boat or torpedo boat escorts the...
Topics: 1942, German Battleships, Warships, German Newsreel
This fascinating 1945 newsreel shows the battle for the Philippines, as U.S. forces under the command of General Douglas MacArthur launch an assault on the island of Leyte.  The battle resulted in a U.S. and Filipino victory. The Allies had taken control of all strategically and economically important locations of Luzon by March 1945, although pockets of Japanese resistance held out in the mountains until the unconditional surrender of Japan. While not the highest in US casualties, it is the...
Topics: newsreel, WWII, Japan, Philippines, MacArthur, Marines, Mt. Suribachi, Manila, Battle of Leyte,...
‘Conquest of the Air’ is a short film which follows around a Movietone newsreel cameraman on film assignments to capture various plane stunts and flights. The first assignment takes the cameraman into the cockpit of an Army plane (1:02) from which the other U.S. Army biplanes are seen flying in formation (1:02). These planes were to fly to Hawaii for an air circus (1:30) and they are filmed as they move over the newsreel cameraman’s plane (1:40) and as they land in Waikiki Beach. The...
Topics: Conquest Of The Air, 1930s, Aviation, Stunts Accidents, Newsreel, Highlights, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII by Degeto, this silent newsreel shows the start of the Battle of Stalingrad in the summer of 1942. At :38 a tactical map shows the German army's advance from Rostov and the Caucuses towards the Don River and Stalingrad and Kalach. At :42, German artillery bombards Soviet positions. At 1:40 German officers use binoculars to spot the effect of the barrage. At 1:57 Soviet tanks are shown on fire on the outskirts of the city. At 2:15 a German armored...
Topics: 1942, German Newsreel, Battle Of Stalingrad, Barbarossa, Eastern Front, Stock Footage
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows Operation Hailstone, the U.S. assault on "Japan's Pearl Harbor", the naval base at Truk. Footage shows Task Force 58, which included the fleet carriers USS Yorktown, USS Essex, USS Intrepid, USS Bunker Hill, USS Enterprise, and the light carriers USS Belleau Wood, USS Cabot, USS Monterey, and USS Cowpens as they strike the Japanese base beginning in February of 1944. Extensive gun camera footage is seen in the film, as well as...
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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
If there had been a Youtube in the 1940s, this film would have been a million viewed video!  "Aquafrolics" features underwater ballet, a circus troupe of performers eating and smoking underwater, the Marine Studios in Florida where porpoises perform for the crowd and mermaid girls in one-piece swimsuits can be seen through an underwater window, sharks and a giant turtle battling a deep sea diver, water skiing stunts, Australian surf boarding, Mazatlan cliff diving, kayaking, puddle...
Topics: Newsreel, Underwater
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This travelogue view of New York City was released by Castle Films just before WWII, and features highlights of the Big Apple from Wall Street to downtown, City Hall, the "Tombs" of the city prison (demolished in 1941), Brooklyn Bridge, the Bowery, Harlem, Lower East Side, Chinatown, Greenwich Village, the Hudson River and the ocean liner docks, the Flatiron Building, the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Public Library, Park Avenue, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center,...
Topics: New York Ctiy, Newsreel, NYC, Brooklyn, Lower East Side, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, City,...
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
Made for the home market during WWII, this silent German newsreel shows the aftermath of the Allied raid on Dieppe, also known as Operation Jubilee. The film begins with a graphic that shows the landing force before showing German shore defenses firing against Royal Navy ships. At 1:10 an anti-aircraft barrage goes up against Allied aircraft. At 1:50 German troops fight back and at 1:58 take casualties. The rest of the film is aftermath footage showing dead bodies, wrecked equipment including...
Topics: WWII, World World 2, German Newsreel, France, Allied Raid on Dieppe, 1942
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Negro Colleges in Wartime was a short propaganda film produced by the Office of War Information in 1943. Other than in the screen title no reference is made to the students' race. The film begins with a shot of the famous statue of Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee, and notes that progress and industry has a new meaning for the present - winning the Second World War. A brief overview of the war related work at several different black colleges follows, starting with Tuskegee where the famous...
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This black & white educational film is about the D-Day Invasion of 1944 during World War 2 in which Allied forces invaded northern France by means of coordinated beach landings. Copyright 1944. Opening titles: Official Films News Thrill Invasion (:06-:20). Title: D-Day!! Allied Forces move across the English Channel. June 6, 1944, huge armada of ships and men head from the English Channel to the coast of France. Ships in the sky cover the convoy at sea. Bombers in the sky. Title: A railroad...
Topics: Official Films, Newsreel, D Day, Invasion, Normandy, France, WWII, June 6, 1944, Stock Footage,...
This 1944 Castle Films silent newsreel shows action highlights from WWII, including the invasion of France by Allied forces on D-Day.  Tens of thousands of Nazi prisoners are taken during the invasion, and General Eisenhower appears at the Arc de Triumphe as Allied troops enter Paris.  At the 1:30 mark, U.S. troops are seen invading German soil and gun camera footage at the 1:45 mark shows strafing of enemy trains, air bases and so on.  The capture of Aachen is also shown at the 2 minute...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Castle Films, Newsreel, Paris, D-Day, Normandy Landings, Aachen,...