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Using Water Wisely is a 1950s video report from the Exploratory Committee On The Application Of Water, which reports on the results from test fires and the use of indirect water application—using water wisely—in fighting fires. The film primarily features footage of test buildings on fire with one or several fire hoses applying water. The film opens with dozens of firemen ( 00:18 ) watching a test fire. The test fires in the report are conducted in Miami, Florida ( 00:47 ; 15:08 ), Kansas...
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“Chapter XI: North Africa, Nov. 1942-May 1943” (SFP 263-II) of The Air Force Story film series shows the Allied invasion of North Africa and the ensuing battles that lead to the Allied liberation of Tunis. The chapter opens with a shot of Allied ships on the Mediterranean on 8 November 1942 preparing to invade North Africa as part of Operation Torch. A Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is lifted up onto the flight deck of an aircraft carrier ( 01:34 ). There is a shot of P-40s on the deck of the...
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This black and white film "Madero of Mexico" was released in 1942, chronicles the short political life of Francisco Madero (1873-1913), who tried to bring democracy and land reform to Mexico. It opens with the following title screen: “This photoplay does not attempt complete historical accuracy. Its purpose is rather to honor in spirit the memory of a great idealist”. Sweeping views of Mexico at the turn of the 20th century. Under the iron rule of General Porfirio Díaz, wealth...
Topics: Madero, Mexico, 1942, Dramatic Film, Mexican President, Francisco Madero, Stock Footage
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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
THE RIVER is a 1938 short documentary film which shows the importance of the Mississippi River to the United States, and how farming and timber practices had caused topsoil to be swept down the river and into the Gulf of Mexico, leading to catastrophic floods and impoverishing farmers. It ends by briefly describing how the Tennessee Valley Authority project was beginning to reverse these problems. It was written and directed by Pare Lorentz and, like Lorentz's earlier documentary The Plow That...
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This color educational film is about the 1967 International and Universal Exposition or Expo 67, which was a general exhibition, Category One World's Fair held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This was made in 1967 and is told in still pictures. Opening: Flowers, lights, colors, Montreal skyline. Credits: This was Expo 67 (:06-:44). For the Expo 67, islands were constructed in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. Harbors were built. Giant Expo sign with a woman in it. An oceanliner. A train near...
Topics: Expo 67, 1967, International Universal Exposition, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Stock Footage
Released by the U.S. Government and the U.S. Navy's Industrial Incentive Division, this WWII film reproduces a German newsreel "Fernbomber uber dem Atlantik" which showed dramatic images of the German Luftwaffe attacking an Allied convoy at sea. The point of the film (from an American perspective) was to inspire war workers to build more ships and supplies to "carry the fight to the enemy". At  10:00 , images are seen of ship building and the launching of multiple Liberty...
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This black & white silent educational film is a study of the Battak people of Sumatra, Indonesia, conducted by the Anthropology Department of Harvard University. Copyright 1929. Opening title: Peoples And Cultures of the World - The Battak of Sumatra (:07-:49) (also spelled Batak). Sumatra, one of the largest islands of the Malay Archipelago. Map of Asia, Australia , New Zealand, New Guinea, An arrow points out where Sumatra is in relation. Map of Sumatra, Boreno, Malay Peninsula. Battak...
Topics: 1929, Battack, Batak, Sumatra, Malaysia, Harvard, Stock Footage
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Written and directed by Hanz Thorner, this reel provides comprehensive coverage of the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland in 1948. Many events staged at St. Moritz are covered in the film, including the Ladies Special Slalom, (00:00:50:00) figure skating, (00:04:18:00) ski jumping, (00:09:00:00) the 50 km. cross country race, (00:13:40:00) and a thrilling speed skating race. (00:17:30:00). Six cameras were used in the production to catch the champions of 30 nations in action. The film...
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The color NASA film “Apollo in Perspective” begins on a somber note as the nation reflects on where plans stand for a lunar mission in the wake of the 1967 Apollo 1 fire that claimed the lives of astronauts Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chaffee and the civil unrest of the late 1960s. The film takes a look back to the start of the space program as President John F. Kennedy makes his historic 1961 State of the Union address and proclamation that the United...
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Made during the Apollo program, “Astronaut Training” is an official NASA film produced circa 1968 that shows potential astronauts are shown preparing for their flights during various training programs in the classrooms, geological surveys, and underwater simulators. It opens in May 1961 as Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard prepared to become the first American in space. We see scenes filmed aboard his Freedom 7 spacecraft before switching to a Saturn V rocket on a launchpad (mark  01:32 ) —...
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This 1949 film takes a look at certain Native American people, including tribes of the Navajo and Apache tribes as they make an annual pilgrimage to the so-called "Indian Capital" of Gallup, New Mexico. The film was produced by Phil E. Cantonwine (:19) and narrated by Perry King (:24).   It is of the educational series call “Know Your Land” (:32). It opens with swaths of the Native American’s lands with their primitive dwellings erected onto it (:45). The Native Americans had...
Topics: 1949, Navajo, Apache, Native, American Tribes, Indians, Stock Footage
Produced in 1937 and released in both silent and sound versions for the home market by Castle Films, WAR IN CHINA shows the 1937 Japanese assault on Shanghai. At the time the newsreel was produced the United States was strictly neutral and thus the newsreel tended to look more closely at the civilian victims of the conflict and the horror of war than did later Castle releases. The newsreel highlights some of the many Japanese atrocities including the bombing of the Cathay Hotel ( 8:00 ) and the...
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Shot by an unknown U.S. Army cameraman named Staal, this color film is raw footage of American troops filmed during the Vietnam War in 1967.  At least some of it was shot in Tân Trụ, a rural district of Long An Province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. At the time Operation Concordia, a joint U.S. and South Vietnamese Army operation to root out the Viet Cong, was underway. Camera slate shows June 1967 (:07). American soldiers walk with some Vietnamese locals (:15). Soldier assists...
Topics: Vietnam War, Vietnam, Raw Footage, 1967, Tan Tru, Mekong, Delta US, Army Hospital, Stock Footage
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This film has been presented by the US Air Troops. At (:12) the Department of the Air Force seal appears and it’s setting is the Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio (:32). This is the site of the first reunion of WW1 Overseas Flyers. Captain Eddie Rickenbacker is seen at ( 1:00 ) and Captain Arthur Ray Brooks ( 1:28 ) is seen signing the guest book. The World-Wide Flyers Reunion Attendance poster appears in the background and one man adds his name to the 27th division ( 1:52 )....
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Military training film detailing flight procedure, crew assignments, and armament of the B-29 bomber aircraft. The B-29 Superfortress is a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber designed by Boeing that was flown primarily by the United States toward the end of World War II and during the Korean War. It was one of the largest aircraft to see service in World War II and a very advanced bomber for its time, with features such as a pressurized cabin, an electronic fire-control system, and...
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"Flight" was a short-lived TV series that debuted in 1958 and only lasted one year. Hosted by Gen. George C. Kenney, the program focused on dramatic tellings of stories from the chronicles of the U.S. Air Force. Production company California National also produced "The Silent Service" which profiled the Navy's submariners, and "Navy Log". This particular episode tells the story of Col. Robert Evans, who in 1947 was involved in a special Cold War mission to prove...
Topics: Flight TV Show, 1958, B-29, All Weather Flight, Show Force, Strategic Air Command, Stock Footage,...
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Shot in the 1950s, this silent home movie shows a visit to West Berlin and includes shots of East Berlin. At :29 are images of the Berliner Funkturm or Funkturm Berlin (Berlin Radio Tower) is a former broadcasting tower in Berlin. Nicknamed der lange Lulatsch ("the lanky lad"), the tower is one of the best-known points of interest in the city of Berlin. Following are shots of East and West Berlin as seen from the tower. At 1:12 is the Victory Column, and at 1:15 a shot looking down...
Topics: Trip, Germany, 1950s, Home Movies, East, West, Berlin, Stock Footage
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Made in 1952 and produced by the legendary Dore Shary, THE HOAXSTERS is an American documentary film written by Herman Hoffman, about the threat posed by communism to the American way of life. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film compares Hitler and Mussolini to a carnival barker and a snake oil salesman, and connects their outrageous talk to that of the Bolsheviks, in particular Josef Stalin.   The film includes the voices of Marilyn Erskine, Howard...
Topics: The Hoaxsters Cold War, Anti Communist, Documentary, Stock Footage
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Made in 1956 by the U.S. Navy, this film shows a history of the motion picture beginning with the optical toys and the persistence of vision devices that preceded the motion picture. Thomas Edison's pioneering work is shown, as is that of Daugerre and other pioneers of photography. Paper print images of the Great White Fleet are shown at the 1 minute mark, as well as other rare paper print footage. Some of the devices shown include the praxiscope, zoetrope, zoopraxiscope and others. Thomas...
Topics: US Navy, History, Picture Movie, 1956, Thomas Edison, Great White Fleet, Stock Footage
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This film is an adaptation of a 1961 episode, “The Secret Door,” from Jack Douglas’ series Keyhole for presentation by the Ford Motor Company. Jack Douglas greets the audience from the studio. Viewers see a security man open the door to the Ford Motor Company’s Dearborn, MI Styling Center. William Clay Ford joins Douglas on set for the episode (00:50). Douglas sits and talks with Ford, who is head of product planning and design at the company. The episode shows Greenfield Village...
Topics: Automobile, FORD, Motor Company, Styling Center, 1961, The Secret Door, Stock Footage, Apollo 15,...
The 1949 short Chevrolet film, “It All Depends,” produced by Jam Handy, promotes Chevrolet vehicles by showing how the American community is connected and works together, and the role the automobile manufacturer plays. The film was shot somewhere in Michigan, likely just outside Detroit. It opens with an aerial view of a town, then cuts to a scene of children playing on a street ( 00:33 ). A family eats a meal together ( 01:54 ), the little boy enjoying a glass of milk that is brought to...
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Created in 1959 by MGM for American Motors Corporation, AMERICA THE AUTOMOIBLE AGE was written by Robert C. Bennett and directed by David Monahan. This sprawling publicity piece to promote the brand, traces the history of the automobile in the United States. WWI auto and truck construction is seen at the 8:00 mark, and WWII production at the 23:30 mark. In between and especially towards the end the history of AMC is shown, with the 1960 Nash Rambler getting star treatment at about the 34 minute...
Topics: American Motors, Automobile, Industrial Film, 1959, MGM, Stock Footage
This U.S. Air Force Monthly Film Report shows the various operations conducted at the Air Force Eastern Test Range, Cape Kennedy in January and February 1965. The film opens with an aerial shot of Cape Kennedy. Astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young put on gear as part of the new man-in-space program, Project Gemini. A Titan II rocket sits at a launch pad (01:27). Men sit in control room waiting for launch. The Titan II takes off on 19 January and flies through the air carrying the unmanned...
Topics: US Air Force, Monthly, Film Report, 1965, Cape Kennedy, Titan II, Stock Footage
This historic film "Zero Hour in Greece" shows the German invasion of Greece, part of the WWII Balkan Campaign, and the resistance by Greek guerrilla forces. Zero Hour took place on April 6th 1941 (:12). Germany's Wehrmacht invaded in support of their Italian allies were already fighting the Greeks (:29). The German Blitzkrieg crushed Greece forcing British forces to retreat and Greek King George II to flee (:45). Hitler’s ‘master race’ excluded the Greek and an extermination by...
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Presented by Ford Autolite Sparkplugs, this historic film shows the racing circuit circa 1963 beginning with the 1963 Daytona 500, the 5th running of the event held on February 24, 1963. The 1963 Daytona 500, won by beloved underdog Tony Lund is one of the great stories in American motorsports. At  17:21 , the film moves to the 1963 Indianapolis 500. with a focus on the new Lotus Fords. The film follows the Lotus team at the speedway and once the race begins, Clark and Gurney prove the Lotus...
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Made during the Vietnam War, "The Return of Private Youngblood" recounts the return of the body of PFC Boyd James Youngblood of Mountain City, Georgia, who was killed in action in 1968. Youngblood was one of 16,592 Americans killed and 87,000 wounded in 1968. Unfortunately, we don't know much about who made this touching film or the Youngblood family. The film was shot by Parick O'Dell and Ray Young, Roger Conner, John Pruitt, and Dennis Suit. It was produced and written by Hal Suit,...
Topics: Vietnam War, Kia, Vietnam, Private Youngblood, 1968, Stock Footage
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One of many U.S. Government films made in the wake of the detonation of the H-Bomb, CIVIL DEFENSE A PRIMER FOR SURVIVAL attempts to reassure an anxious public that thermonuclear war is survivable. A write up of this film appears at the Atomic Theater website: http://www.atomictheater.com/aprimerforsurvival.htm  Check out the site for a great overview of the Civil Defense films from this era. Quoting from that site: "Hosted by Dave Garroway, A Primer for Survival consisted of four short...
Topics: Civil Defense, Primer For Survival, Cold War, Fallout, Dave Garroway, Stock Footage
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Originally produced by the Bray Studios in 1936, this fascinating travelogue presents the island nation of Japan just before the outbreak of WWII. Here, Japan is not an enemy but a "land of enchantment" that is presented as having fairly little sophisticated infrastructure or technology. The religious traditions of the nation are emphasized, with the temples at Kyoto shown, with zigzag bridges. At the 2:30 mark, bustling Tokyo is seen, recovered from the huge earthquake. Narrow,...
Topics: 1930s, Japan, Travelogue, Land Of Enchanment, Stock Footage
Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Visit our website www.PeriscopeFilm.com This collection of 12 different newsreels dates to 1944-1945. The first film “Men of the Maquis: The Story of the Underground Army of France” tells the story of the French Resistance and features an exclusive personal narrative by the eminent French actress François Rosay. The film opens with the German The Eiffel tower 1:05. The Nazi flag is...
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This black & white educational film "Mother Love" is about animal research about love. This is a 1960 CBS News presentation.  A baby monkey lays about (:06-:22). Title card: Conquest (:23-:34). Charles Collingwood introduces us to this film about science. This about the measure of love (:35-1:17). Primate laboratory at The University of Wisconsin at Madison as our host holds a baby Rhesus Monkey. 120 of these monkeys are in the lab. They are trying to measure an infants love for...
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The United States Army presents T.F. 8-1576. MCML. Hospital Food Service Personnel Training. Part Two: The Individual. This movie produced in 1950, is about a ghost who spreads germs all around the hospital. The purpose of the movie is to teach hospital workers what NOT to do by observing the bad habits of the ghost. It is filmed in black and white and the film is narrated. The movie opens with two men responsibly washing up in the men’s locker room. The wind is blowing and the door opens. A...
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This film is presented by General Motors (:04) and it is composed of two films, the first being “All Things Considered”. This first segment focuses on the year 1975. As the Clean Air Act had been established in 1970, fuel costs and emission standards became a deciding factor in purchasing vehicles. A couple goes over finances (:18) with items such as annual fuel costs and maintenance being of most importance. In 1975 GM developed new efficiency systems to keep operating costs low (:47). The...
Topics: 1975, General Motors, Catalytic Converter, Chevy Monte Carlo, Stock Footage
Made for the Deep-Sea Diving School with the help of the Washington Navy Yard, this 1943, black and white film was filmed in Silver Springs, Florida. It dates from before the era that Jacques Cousteau's aqualung was developed, and shows some of the earlier generation equipment used by shallow water divers at the Deep-Sea Diving School. The film opens with a large ocean liner, the SS Normandie, on fire in New York harbor. Skin divers underwater next to a damaged ship :44. The divers raise items...
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This black & white educational film is about hand to hand combat techniques. This is entirely in French. This is circa the 1930s.Opening titles: L'Ecole De Gendarmerie presents Le Combat Corps & Corps (:34-1:27). Two men walk along in a wooded area. A French military man walks over to them and checks their papers. The two men suddenly jump the military man. He reacts and subdues them. Combat fighting technique is shown in slow motion as a training exercise. One man tosses the other over...
Topics: Hand To Hand Combat, Combat, Combat Corps, 1930s, French, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Made in 1937, HIGHWAY MANIA is an early driver safety film narrated by Lowell Thomas. It features stunning images of auto accidents, including some that are doubtless stunts from Hollywood films. At 1:43, there are images of the burning SS Morro Castle, a famous disaster that killed over a hundred;; yet Lowell Thomas says that today auto accidents claim four times that amount. At 2:00, a gigantic Florida hurricane is shown. The 1936 floods are seen at 2:20. "What can we do about the...
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This extraordinary silent 16mm home movie was shot by Dr. Harold L. Thompson, and shows the eruption of the Paricutin volcano. It likely dates towards the end of the volcanic eruption in the early 1950s. Thompson was a Los Angeles surgeon who liked to shoot home movies and present them. Around this same time he made an amateur film entitled "Invitation to Hawaii" which was widely seen around the USA. He was also president of the Los Angeles Physicians' Art Society. Parícutin (or...
Topics: Eruption, 1950s, Paricutin, Volcano, Mochoacan, Mexico, Home Movie, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This 1930s German silent educational film shows miners descending into the depths of a large coal mine, and then their routine underground pulling coal into a long conveyer belt.   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 like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston...
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“Visions of Gold” is a short color film on “Gold! The thread from which we weave our dreams! The key to stability!” Produced by South African film maker Emil Nofal in the mid-1960s, the film opens with rows of gold bars as the narrator Joe Stewardson explains how (in1885) itinerant prospectors George Walker, along with George Harrison, stumbled on surface outcrops of gold-rich conglomerate on an old farm near the Witwatersrand basin —land that is now near the center of Johannesburg....
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This fascinating full color, silent home movie from June, 1941 shows the American Sokol Slet, a gymnastics and sporting competition, held in Chicago including Soldier Field. The film begins with important members of the organizing committee meeting to plan the games. At 1:27, a sign announcing the games is seen at the Sokol headquarters and shortly thereafter is a title card noting that for three days competitions in diving, gymnastics, swimming and athletics were held in Douglas Park, Pilsen...
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Warning: some of the content of this film is unsettling and may be inappropriate for younger viewers or anyone who has just eaten or is about to eat food. Created for the medical profession, “Human Gastric Function” is “an experimental study of ‘Tom,’ a unique patient with an extensive gastric fistula” (an abnormal opening in the stomach or intestines that allows the contents to leak). It serves as a record of a 15-year study carried out between 1941 and 1952, and shows how the...
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Dating to 1957, this Encyclopedia Brittanica film documents the USA’s involvement in WWI and the aftermath, with Woodrow Wilson’s 14 Point Plan broken down and a discussion of the Treaty of Versailles. World War I, also known as the Great War, involved 28 nations from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas (:39). A map of Europe in 1914 (:58) prior to the war. A single stack ocean liner is seen (1:09). German troops march (1:16). Prior to the war and for much of it’s beginning, the US held...
Topics: Encyclopedia, WWI, World War I, USA, Woodrw Wilson, Stock Footage
Made in 1961 THE FAR SOUND examines how technologies invented at Bell Laboratories and developed by the Bell System and AT&T contributed to making direct-dial, long-distance telephone service possible. The film was directed by Jerry London and produced by John Sutherland and features narration by Chet Huntley. The title of the film comes from the problem that Bell Labs surmounted in the early era of telephony, amplifying telephone signals so that long distance communication was possible....
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The Fisher Body Division of the General Motors Corporation presents “This Moving World,” a black-and-white film produced by Wilding Picture circa 1940. The film opens with a montage of various automobiles, ships, and trains whizzing past, before settling in a machine shop at mark 1:20 . There, a young man meets with his uncle and examine a model of an automobile body designed by the boy for a contest. The introduction segues into the film’s topic — “the business of going places.”...
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One of a series of educational films directed and shot by Victor Jurgens and released under the name "This World of Ours" , this film "Sheep Ranch Country" focuses on the people of Southeastern Australia. Copyright 1949. Opening titles: Educational Film Library - Sheep Ranch Country (:06-:50). Country of Australia. It's sparsely populated. Broad rolling plains. Sheep on the great plains. Clouds in the sky. Pastures for dairy cattle. Creamery, a mechanical churn (:51-2:41)....
Topics: Sheep, Ranch Country, 1949, Southeastern Austrailia, Educational Film. Wool Production, Stock...
“I Shall Return” is an episode of The Greatest Drama that tells the story of General Douglas MacArthur, from his days at West Point until his forced retirement. The episode opens with scenes from a ticker-tape parade (00:09), most likely MacArthur’s celebrated return to San Francisco. MacArthur wades to shore in his return to the Philippines during WWII (00:36), joined by Philippine President Sergio Osmena. MacArthur speaks about closing out his military career before a joint session of...
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Made in 1942 during WWII by Universal for the U.S. Government and the War Production Board, KEEPING FIT features actors Robert Stack, Broderick Crawford, Andy Devine, Anne Gwynne, Irene Hervey, Lon Chaney Jr. and Dick Foran in a propaganda movie directed by Directed by Arthur Lubin, written by Paul Huston and produeced by Will Cowan. The film was intended to be shown to war workers and, apparently, the wives of war workers who would be tasked with keeping them well fed and "in shape"....
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One of the episodes of the pioneering TV show "The Greatest Drama", this black & white episode entitled "The Black Beret" is a portrait of British Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery. This is circa 1954. Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, (1887 – 1976), better known by his nickname "Monty" and "The Spartan General", served in the First World War, the Irish War of Independence and the Second World War. Opening: ticker tape parade in New York City....
Topics: The Black Beret, Biography, Field Marshall, George Montgomery, WWII, British General, Stock...
Filmed by an unknown American serviceman, this silent home movie shows a visit to West Germany and Austria made in the late 1940s. At 1:29 the sign Clayallee is a street in Berlin. At 2:29 the Brandenburg Gate is shown, and the ruined Reichstag at 2:40 . Extensive ruins are seen nearby. At 3:59 Tempelhof Air Force Base is seen. At 5:00 , the film shows the Bremen Airport. At 5:22 the twin towers of the Cologne Cathedral can be seen in the distance. At 6:10 a debris clearing operation is shown....
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This documentary THEN AND NOW was a Warner Brothers and Vitaphone production. It was probably made between the years of 1926-1931 because Vitaphone was a sound system used during that period. The commentator was Knox Manning, an American film actor. This documentary is about the changing methods of transportation through history. The film begins showing a person walking to get from one place to another (0.21-.34). The commentator discusses how humans search for the shortest and fastest way to...
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In this incredible 1959 USAF film, the audience visits the library in the home of famous actor, but also reserve officer and USAF General James Stewart. The subject of the evening's lecture (!) is the reason that the USAF needs to develop both missile and aircraft capabilities to fight the Cold War. Featured are the Thor, Able, Polaris, Titan and Polaris missiles as well as the B-58 Hustler, B-52 bomber, F-104 Starfighter, F-101, F-102, F-105, and other aircraft. Explanations are made of ICBMs,...
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The U.S. Navy film “Desert Without Sand” (MN-10518) dates to 1967 and presents the Navy’s Task Force 43 and its operations in Antarctica. Read Admiral Jay Lloyd Abbot ( 01:50 ) is head of naval support for the missions and narrates the film, which is meant to provide an opportunity for those who cannot visit the continent to see what it is all about. The film opens with a ship crashing through ice ( 00:12 ) and scenes of mountains and ice fields. The desolate region, despite the cold and...
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DESERT INN HOTEL AT POOLSIDE , WITH NOEL COWARD , JANE POWELL , NELSON EDDY , JOHNNY HAYES , MISS JAPAN , - AT GOLF COUNTRY CLUB - RAY BOLGER , PETER LYNN HAYES , McGRAW SISTERS , PHIL HARRIS , EDDIE FISHER & DEBBIE REYNOLDS , MAMIE VAN DORAN , BING CROSBY . -----BOB HOPE , WALTER WINCHELL - CARS OF THE 1950s - HIGH WAY 95 - HOOVER DAM - LAKE MEADE , DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS - PATTY PAIGE - ENTERTAINMENT & BUFFET . MacDONALD FILM PRODUCTION . This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
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“Airplane Propellers: Principles and Types” is a “restricted” World War II-era US War Department training film produced by the Signal Corps in collaboration with the Chief of the Air Corps. The film opens with a statement at mark  00:44  that “until the days of supersonic speed and jet propulsion of rocketships, the propeller is a relatively efficient method of moving our airplanes through the air.” A propeller size is dependent on the size of the engine, we’re told at mark ...
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"The Air Plan" is a wonderful WWII film that shows the role played by the RAF, Dominion squadrons and briefly the U.S. Army Air Forces in the preparation, invasion and securing of the Normandy beachheads in June 1944, known by the codeword OVERLORD. The film begins with a brief overview of the work of the Allied air forces during the Second World War up to the Normandy landings, including the Battle of Britain, the bombing of the German industrial areas, the thousand bomber raids, the...
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This black & white, silent home movie -- with wonderful title cards -- was filmed in the late 1920s or early 1930 off of Boston, Massachusetts.  It shows a cruise past U.S. Navy vessels, the Gloucester fishing fleet, Boston Lightship, and more. We don't know who shot it, whoever it was -- loved the water. Opening title card: A Coast Guard vessel no. 100, destroyer type on the water (:25). This appears to be the Wickes-class destroyer USS Maury (DD-100), which was decommissioned in 1930....
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One of the U.S. Army Air Force aircraft identification films made during WWII, this short movie describes the German Messerschmitt Bf 110. The film was shown to fighter pilots, bomber gun crews, anti-aircraft gun crews, and civil defense personnel during the war.  Often animated, these films were sometimes produced by Walt Disney Studios, Warner Brothers, or other cartoon studios as part of the war effort. The Messerschmitt Bf 110, often (erroneously) called Me 110, was a twin-engine heavy...
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This rare full color travelogue from the 1940s shows Hawaii as it looked in the era before air travel made the island a highly accessible tourist destination.  The film was photographed by Walter "Butch" Resce, who served as a combat cameraman during WWII and founded Rainbow Pictures after the war.  The film shows Waikiki Beach, surfing, Diamond Head, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, and many other scenes of classic Hawaii.  Floral leis are seen at the 4:30 mark, with service personnel...
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Prepared by the British and then released by the U.S. Army Air Force's Aeronautical Lab at Wright Field, this film shows two German weapons developments: a nitric acid rocket motor, a German armor piercing bomb and a spherical bouncing bomb with rocket assist motor.    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...
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This 1944 color restricted film about being an “Aviation Radioman” is part of a “Your Job in the Navy” series of recruitment films presented by the U.S. Navy. It opens with a view of the flat top of an escort type aircraft carrier (:16-:30). Radiomen wear headphones. One types on a piece of paper and hands it off (:32-:44). A sailor uses a multimeter. He polishes relay contacts on a radio transmitter (:46- 1:13). A stealth bomber is raised from the hangar on an elevator to the deck. The...
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This 1944 color restricted film about being an “Aviation Parachute Rigger” is part of a “Your Job in the Navy” series of recruitment films presented by the U.S. Navy. It opens with colorful parachutes hanging high on a wall. One is lowered by a wire to a waiting sailor (:23-:38). Women Parachute Riggers in Navy WAVES blouses sit at sewing machines and repair parachutes (:39-:52). Two Parachute Riggers are shown up-close packing a parachute along a long table. The entire parachute is...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Recruiting Film, Parachute Rigger, Your Job In The Navy, Stock Footage
This 1954 issue of the U.S. Navy's Screen Magazine features the Hunter Killer Team -- the work of anti-submarine warfare as conducted by the men of the fleet. An adaptation of an episode of the TV show "See it Now", this film presents a compelling look at the ASW problem as it existed in the early 1950s. It features the USS Gilbert Islands CVE-107, operating off the coast of the U.S. East Coast with a group of destroyers including USS Owen (DD-536), a Fletcher-class destroyer. The USS...
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This 1960 black and white installment of “See It Now” produced and edited by Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly (Part 2 of 2) presents a behind-the-scenes overview of initial testing for the UGM-27 Polaris missile, a two-stage solid-fueled nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile, the United States Navy's first SLBM (TRT:  26:58). The USS George Washington (SSBN-598) ballistic missile submarine surfaces (0:08). One of the submarine’s missile hatches opens. A Polaris missile...
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These are historic, silent films of the Apollo 11 mission, created for use by the worldwide press in 1969. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56 UTC. Armstrong spent about two and a half hours outside the spacecraft, Aldrin slightly less, and together they collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar...
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Made in 1951, "Wing to Wing" showcases the Royal Air Force as it transitioned to the jet age. Scenes include a throwback to show how WWII was fought in the sky, modern day combat in Korea (including the Royal Australian Air Force jets), and scenes showing the capabilities and versatility of a whole series of first generation British jet powered aircraft. As the commentator says:   Strength in the air today decides the fate of nations. Air power must be ours where the cause of peace...
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The Corporal Story is a 1956 silent gag film from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, one of the partners of the U.S. Army in the development of the MGM-5 Corporal missile, the first long-range guided missile. While the captions are comical, there is good footage of what appears to be actual test launches of the missile—although the footage of failed launch attempts only enhances the humorous spin of the film. The film opens with footage of an explosion and the charred remains of the missile and its...
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This compilation reel of color home movies from the 1940s includes many novel images -- people enjoying themselves, dancing, playing instruments, socializing and kids playing some football in the front yard. This footage is circa the 1930s-40s and looks like it takes place in middle America. Opening: boy plays with a dog and a puppy. A woman holds flowers. A man plays a cello. A reel to reel tape recorder. Presents are stacked. A man plays the cello as a family gathers for Christmas. Older...
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Note: This footage is copyright registered and solely owned by the Periscope Film LLC Archive. Rare footage from the archives that dates to November 2, 1947. Shot by amateur cameraman Leo Caloia, it shows the Hughes H-4 Hercules (also known as the "Spruce Goose"; registration NX37602) prototype heavy transport aircraft during taxi tests in Long Beach harbor. The aircraft, which was piloted by none other than Howard Hughes himself, may or may not have intentionally left the water....
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This extraordinary silent home movie shot by a member of the Civil Air Patrol shows the aftermath of two plane crashes. At :37, you will see rescuers removing a body from the first crash scene. Debris is spread over a small area. This aircraft appears to be a single engine trainer belonging to the military. At 1:00, in another scene shot on a different day, you will see wreckage from a much larger aircraft strewn over a hillside. At 1:32, you can make out the wing with the number NC60526....
Topics: 1950s, Training Plane, C-47, Crash, Aftermath, Home Movies, Stock Footage
This silent footage from a U.S. Navy archive, shows Navy Cross winner F. Trubee Davison at his home in New York.  Various footage related to WWI aviation is seen, including shots of biplanes, dogfights, and seaplanes, as well as shots of the First Yale Unit also known as the "Millionaire's Unit".  This material was presumably part of a documentary film or tribute created in honor of Davison.  In 2015 a documentary film was released about Davison and the First Yale Unit, see...
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Made by McDonnell Douglas,  this historic U.S. Air Force film shows the first flight of the Thunderbirds in 1953, just six years after the formation of the USAF, to the advent of the F-4 in 1969.  In between it shows various iterations of the stunt team.  This includes spectacular footage of the F-84 to the swept-wing F-84, to the North American F-100, to the Republic F-105 and finally the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom.   After six months training in an unofficial status, the Thunderbirds...
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Details the Marines Combined Action Program platoons. Drawing from previous experience in ""small wars"", the United States Marine Corps operated the Combined Action Program during the Vietnam War, from 1965 to 1971. The concept of combining a squad of Marines with local Popular Forces (PFs) and assigning them a village to protect was intended to be a force multiplier. While the exact implementation varied with the war and time, the basic model was to combine a Marine squad...
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This film depicts the landings and operations of the U.S. forces on Tinian Island in the Marianas Islands in World War II.  The Battle of Tinian took place from 24 July until 1 August 1944. The film opens with a map showing the Marianas (:20). While Saipan had been hit by U.S. forces, Tinian was closely observed and studied (:37). Daily plane strikes and naval bombardments hit the island (:49) and photograph reconnaissance missions were carried out. The beaches which were chosen for landings...
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Created exclusively for “the men and women of American industry” circa 1943, this official United States War Department Film, produced by the US Army Signal Corps, begins by taking the audience to the South Pacific, “where American planes, powered by high octane, serviced by billions of small parts from the factories of America, are delivering packages of death to the Japs, bombing the daylight out of the Rising Sun.” With that dramatic introduction, bombers are shown at mark  01:00...
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This film is a color film with B&W clips. Produced by the U.S. Navy and narrated by Rod Serling. A summary of the pioneers of the U.S. Naval Aviators and their accomplishments over time. 1:10 Opening Title Screen: “Wings of Eagles, Wings of Gold”. Executive Producer: Cdr. Wes Larson, USN. 1:25 View of men preparing to board Aircraft on an air carrier. 2:21 Naval Aviators are called “eagles”. 2:47 Pensacola Florida, a city synonymous with the birth of naval aviation, began in January...
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Made during WWII, this incredible U.S. Treasury Department movie showcases the Nazi's passion for banning books, art and music that displeased them. The film is what is known as an "Auroratone". here is some information about these films, taken from the Northwest Film Forum which compiled them for an event in 2010. Auroratone movies were created in the early 1940s by British inventor and mystic Cecil Stokes (1910-1956), who intended for them to be used as a therapeutic aid in the...
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Hosted by Sgt. James Mansfield, this episode of "The Big Picture" profiles the 41st Sunset Infantry Division and the Hell Bent for Leather 1st Cavalry Division, first to enter Leyte and then Tokyo. The second half of the program gives an overview of the weapons used by the infantry in combat. The 41st Infantry Division was composed of National Guard units from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, North Dakota and Washington that saw active service in World War I and World War II. It was one of the...
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In this 1955 newsreel short of aviation advances, the aircraft carrier USS Essex is shown, with a jet airplane missing the wire and sailing into the ocean.  The pilot is rescued by helicopter.  A stripped down B-36 bomber is seen at the 1 minute mark, to permit cruising at 50,000 feet.  A B-47 Stratojet is shown conducting aerial refueling at the 2:00 mark.  The Bell X-2 Rocket plane, flown by Pete Everest, is shown at the 3 minute mark.  The newsreel ends with footage of parachute...
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This color film from 1960 was produced by Fox subsidiary Movietonews Inc. We begin with a Pan American Boeing 707 Jet Clipper (:20-:37) arriving in Istanbul, Turkey, once known as Constantinople. A visitor is served lemonade via a unique dispenser strapped to a local’s back (:48- 1:00 ) while another gets a shoe shine at an elaborate stand ( 1:01 ). A gentleman puffs on a nargalay (hooka) of flavored smoke ( 1:20 - 1:37 ). At the many docks, bridges full of people and cars connect the city...
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Dating to the 1920s, and released by the obscure Aladdin Motion Pictures, this "Travel Gem" shows views of the Peruvian city of Cuzco / Cusco, the City of the Sun. At :21 is a panorama of the city which sits at 11,000 feet in the Andes Mountains. At 1:09 the local inhabitants are shown including many Indians and descendants of the Inca. At 1:41 is a view of an ancient wall built with tightly cut stone blocks, and without concrete. At 2:09 the road to Fortress Hill is shown and at 2:40...
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This short travelogue film on Panama is from the series “This World Of Ours” made by Dudley Pictures in the 1950’s. Panama lies between Costa Rica and Columbia (:35). Within it’s borders, is the Panama Canal which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans (:43). In 1513, the first European to set eyes upon this land was Balboa and a statue stands in homage to him ( 1:09 ). All that remains of the old city founded in 1519, by the Spanish, are shown in rubble ( 1:17 ). Two years later the...
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This film FRANK SINATRA IN ISRAEL dates to 1962 and documents Frank Sinatra's first ever visit to Israel as part of his multinational World Tour for Children. The tour, which raised over $1 million for children's charities around the globe, had stops in Japan, Hong Kong, England, France, Italy, Greece, and Israel. In Israel, Sinatra gave seven concerts in six cities. As you will see in the course of the film, his visit coincided with the country's annual Yom Ha'atzmaut (Independence Day)...
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This black & white film, one of the episodes of the pioneering documentary program "Biography", is about the life of Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison was an American inventor and businessman who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. The film's copyright is 1962. Opening: February 11, 1931. A man turns 84-years-old. He speaks to another man. The...
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Dating to 1944-45, these silent films contain a record of Luftwaffe pilot kills over Europe. These kind of "gun camera" films were used both to document and verify kills and probables, but also to assess the techniques used in the dogfights. The film contains various encounters beginning with an attack by an Fw-190 on a Lagg 5, or Lavochkin La-5 This was one of the Soviet Air Force's most capable types of warplane, able to fight German designs on an equal footing. In this case however...
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This silent film footage dates to 1971 and shows various scenes related to protests against the Vietnam War. This includes some of the protests known as "Operation Dewey Canyon III' that included members of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (read more here:  http://www.vvaw.org/veteran/article/?... ) The demonstration was given its name, "Operation Dewey Canyon III", in reference to military operations known as Dewey Canyon I and II. Some of the aspects of these offensives...
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Shot by an unknown American who was part of the U.S. occupation forces in post-war Japan, this home movie shows a visit to the countryside and with the Sakiyama Family. It also shows part of a wedding ceremony, a fruit and vegetable farm, the process of replanting and harvesting rice, and the preparation to what's presumably Farmer's New Year (April 1st).  It is believed this film was shot because of, and contains images of, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger at the end. Eichelberger was a highly...
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This episode of The Air Force Story - Volume 1 Chapter 10 - is entitled "The Tide Turns" and shows WWII history for June thru September 1942. In this film you'll see the 97th bomber group as it embarks for England; B-17's initiating high altitude precision daylight bombing; Japanese forces closing in on the U.S. Army in New Guinea; Army Air Force personnel and materiel help build runways near the front; P-38's down Japanese aircraft.   The film starts at :20 with images of the liner...
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This color silent film was shot as part of F-105D ejection seat tests. No test is shown, but the footage would likely have been intercut with an actual test, and then released to the Pentagon or the press. The slates indicate all the material was shot at the rocket sled facility at Hurricane Flats in Washington County, Utah on July 20, 1960. The seat shown being tested at the time was designed by Republic Aircraft and, according to Ejectionsite.com, used in at least one successful ejection in...
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Made for the U.S. Treasury Department in 1955 to promote their bond program, MEDAL OF HONOR features both Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy and material shot for the biographical film "To Hell and Back". Also appearing in the film are Barbara Rush and John McIntire. Audie Leon Murphy (20 June 1925 – 28 May 1971) was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, receiving every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and...
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Made in 1944 as victory seemed in reach in WWII, IT CAN'T LAST was typical of the 6th War Loan propaganda films. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish, the film was intended to help steel public resolve and held ensure both financial and physical support for the war effort. Like most of the other 6th War Loan films, this one criticizes home front complacency while contrasting the situation of civilians and war workers with that of soldiers, sailors...
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This silent film was test footage for a promotional film "Wings of the New Japan" for Japan Air Lines, now J.A.L. It was likely made shortly after the start of international service in 1954. The film features images of the "City of Nagoya" DC-6B aircraft and shows in-flight service, a stop over in Honolulu, Hawaii where Waikiki Beach and the airport are shown, and some images of Japan at 2:00 . At 1:49 the camera crew making the film is briefly shown. Starting at 3:37 ,...
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Made in late 1945, THE ARMY NURSE is a short documentary propaganda film commissioned by the US military to highlight the role and contributions of army nurses.   The film opens with a combat scene in the summer of 1945, when the war becomes a million men old (presumably the Battle of Okinawa) one of the soldiers is show getting wounded and the scene goes woozy. The narrator notes "This is the time for you to decide what you're gonna be: a soldier that gets injured and dies, or a soldier...
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This film, provided during the second world war, depicts the proper boat handling procedures to be utilized when operating an LCVP for amphibious actions. It is presented by the US Navy (:08) and opens with footage of troops and LCVP’s (:54). A close up shot of one of the landing crafts is shown (1:00). Checks must be conducted prior to its launching and a shot of a check list follows (1:14). Men of the crew begin inspecting the craft (2:03). The engineer checks the engine (2:27). Bilges...
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Made in 1946 to commemorate 20 years of the Strategic Air Command, this silent film shows the various aircraft used to carry atomic weapons.  It begins with images of the B-29, which carried the first and only atomic bombs  ever used in anger and which served as nuclear weapons platforms in 1946-47.  The B-50 is shown at the 1:40 mark, and this modified version of the B-29 served until 1955 in this role.  Next, the F-84 Thunderjet is shown, in service from 1950-57.  At the 2:45 mark these...
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Let There Be Light is a 1946 American documentary film directed by John Huston. The film, commissioned by the United States Army Signal Corps, was the final entry in a John Huston trilogy of films produced at the request of the U.S. Government. This documentary film follows 75 U.S. soldiers who have sustained debilitating emotional trauma and depression. A series of scenes chronicle their entry into a psychiatric hospital, their treatment and eventual recovery. Some of the treatments involved...
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Trieste is a Swiss-designed, Italian-built deep-diving research bathyscaphe, which with her crew of two reached a record maximum depth of about 10,911 meters (35,797 ft), in the deepest known part of the Earth's oceans, the Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench near Guam in the Pacific. On 23 January 1960, Jacques Piccard (son of the boat's designer Auguste Piccard) and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh achieved the goal of Project Nekton. Trieste was the first manned vessel to have reached the...
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To The Shores Of Iwo Jima is a 1945 Kodachrome color short war film produced by the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. Photographed in combat areas by cameramen of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, the film documents the Battle of Iwo Jima. The film opens with a shot of a battleship sailing on the sea ( 00:32 ). It discusses the island of Iwo Jima and uses graphics to show the makeup of the island and the network of tunnels built by Japanese troops. A shot of Iwo...
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Made during the Vietnam War, this 1967 Marine Corps documentary presents "Operation County Fair". County Fair was a civic action program intended to clear Vietcong from villages while helping support villagers. As part of that they were supposed to receive medical care, fed, entertained and protected by the Marines. Like most of the civic action programs during the war, County Fair had a mixed outcome. The Vietnamese often welcomed the Marines into their villages, but lived in fear of...
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