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1943 German Newsreel
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo. Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
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1943 Castle Films
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U.S. propaganda newsreel from World War II (WWII) featuring amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands. Featured ships are: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco, and USS Boise. Also includes footage of fleet manuevers of PT Boats, destroyers, aircraft carriers, battleships and L1 and G1 blimps on anti-submarine patrol.
Topic: World War II (WWII) propaganda film.
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This short and apparently hastily assembled newsreel shows the events of December 7th, 1941 and expresses deep outrage at the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Due to classification issues at the time the film was made, very little of the damage to Pearl Harbor itself is shown; rather the film focuses on damage to civilian areas of Waikiki and Honolulu. Due to the lack of material available there are some laughable errors in the rather earnest film, including the presence of a plane...
Topics: Pearl Harbor, WWII, World War II, Japan, U.S. Navy, December 7th
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1942 Germeinnuttziger
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. In this film, the Battle of The Atlantic is seen from the German perspective as Kreigsmarine U-boats converge for a wolfpack patrol, hunting Allied merchant ships.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
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1938 U.S. Government
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Footage of the U.S. Gunboat Panay in Nanking China during the Japanese offensive knows as "The Rape of Nanking." After evacuating foreign civilians, the Panay was attacked and sunk by Japanese aircraft. The so-called Panay Incident almost led to war between the United States and Japan. Also features footage of the warship USS Augusta (CA-31) which served as command ship for the Asiatic Fleet, and the Royal Navy's HMS Ladybird.
Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
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1935 U.S. Government
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This rare film features ships of the U.S. Asiatic fleet patroling the Yangtze River. The Asiatic Fleet's gunboats were tasked with protecting American shipping (primarily oil tankers) from pirates and the Japanese. Contains amazing footage of life in China circa 1935 including the cities of Chunking, Shanghai, and the countryside. Ships featured in this film are the USS Augusta (CA-31), USS Borie (DD-215) and USS Simpson (DD-221) as well as US gunboats.
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Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
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1928 U.S. Government
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Pre World War II (WWII) of U.S. Navy battleships and aircraft carriers on manuevers. Features the USS Lexington, CV-2.
Topic: Pre World War II (WWII) newsreel.
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Produced in 1957 and presented by America's Trucking Industry, "Rehearsal for Disaster" shows the important role that motorized transport and in particular the trucking industry, plays in civil defense today, and in the event of an atomic attack. As the film says, "the trucking industry, organized on a nationwide basis, can be a tremendous factor in saving lives and property in the event of any emergency, natural or war-caused." The underlying idea of the film is that truck...
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Topics: Nuclear Attack, Cold War, Fallout Center, World War II, Atomic Bomb Cold War, Disaster, Civil...
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Created during WWII by the Santa Fe Railroad, this exceptionally rare color film shows Santa Fe's contribution to the war effort.  After December 7th, 1941 the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company (AT&SF) pressed all available steam and diesel locomotives into action to assist with America's war efforts.  This included the transport of military equipment, freight, troops & other military personnel. The increased employment of women railroad workers is also detailed.
Topics: WWII, World War II, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Railroad, 1941, Stock Footage
One of 26 Private SNAFU (Situation Normal, All F*cked Up) cartoons made by the U.S. Army Signal Corps to educate and boost the morale of the troops. The SNAFU character was created by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Phil Eastman, and most were animated by Warner Brothers Animation Studios. They were voiced by actors including Mel Blanc and scored by Carl Stalling. In this episode, Private Snafu imagines the good times his family is having back home while he's stationed in the Arctic.
Topics: WWII, World War II, US Army, Cartoon, Private SNAFU, DR SEUSS, Stock Footage
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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 WWII silent educational film was apparently prepared for viewing by civilians.  We haven't deciphered the inter titles but the plot appears to be about the use of sand in fire fighting efforts.  A bag of sand is shown to be extremely useful in the event that an incendiary device lands on an apartment building, and so people were encouraged to have one close at hand along with other fire fighting tools.  Blackout curtains are also seen in the film, along with a frame (seen at about the 6...
Topics: Air Raid Shelter, World War II, incendiary Device, Bomb, Film, Civil Defense
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A brilliant cartoon, Spies is part of the Private Snafu series of animated shorts produced by Warner Bros. during World War II. Released in 1943, the cartoon was directed by Chuck Jones and features the vocal talents of Mel Blanc. Plot: Private Snafu has learned a secret, but the enemy is listening and he'd better zipper his lip. However, Snafu - little by little - lets his secret slip (by telling the audience, calling his mom, and drunkenly relaying it to a bar girl who works as a Nazi spy):...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Spies, Warner Bros. Cartoons, World War II, Animation, Mel Blanc
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During WWII, with the war on and gasoline rationed nationwide, Shell Oil realized its gasoline dealers would need to differentiate themselves from other vendors.   So, they launched an ad campaign based on providing full service, in co-ordination with the War Department as a wartime marketing program.   This "Ground Crew Service" campaign compared the work of the service station attendant to that of an Army Air Corps crewman.   As part of the effort, 8 squadron emblems were issued...
Topics: Shell Oil, Company, Service Station, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 26 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "Attack in the Central Pacific: Makin and Tarawa" looks at the Allied...
Topics: The Pacific Television Program, Gilbert Islands, Battle Of Tarawa, Makin, World War II, U.S. Marine...
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  In this episode "The War at Sea", Crusade in the Pacific looks at the naval war on the high seas and focuses on two...
Topics: The Pacific, Crusade in The Pacific, Television Program, Aircraft Carrier, U.S. Navy. Pacific...
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War Film #10, titled LIFE LINE, tells the story of the invasion of Rendova and Munda, and the suffering of Marines who fought against this Japanese outpost.   After a terrible Japanese counter-attack by aircraft, wounded Americans are seen at the 7:00 mark, and many are killed in action. This horrifying footage shows Marines lying in the mud, as their comrades try to give them proper burial on the battlefield.   At 8:30, field medical care is seen with plasma, quinine and sulfa being...
Topics: War Film, Invasion, Rendova, WWII, World War II, Medical Care, Stock Footage
This WWII film shows a demonstration of airborne aviation engineers presented in 1943 at Westover, Massachusetts.  The airborne aviation engineers -- in this case the 879th Airborne Engineer Aviation Battalion -- were created to meet the need for an air transportable unit capable of rapid repair or construction of airfields.  Their equipment was limited in size by the load capacities and door dimensions of the C-47 plane (5000 pounds, 841/2 inches wide) or WACO CG-4A glider (3750 pounds, 70...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Westover Air Reserve Base, War, Army, World War II, Waco Aircraft...
An official film made by the War Department, Highballing to Victory is a short US propaganda movie made toward the end of World War II about the importance of material and transportation in the war effort.  The movie includes an emphasis on the story of tires, which proved vital for the war effort.  At the 5:50 mark tire "casualties" are seen with tires damaged or destroyed in accidents, from wear, or combat.  A B-24 crash is seen at 6:40, and other aircraft making ground loops and...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Red Ball Express, Highballing To Victory,...
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This historic WWII Marine Corps. newsreel shows the activities of the USMC in the early stages of American involvement in the war.  The newsreel starts with a segment showing Marines in Iceland keeping an eye out for German aircraft.  The Marines are also shown parading for relief funds in New York City.  The retirement ceremony is shown for Quartermaster Sgt. Frank W. Wright.  The film ends with President Franklin Roosevelt speaking in front of a joint session of Congress, paying tribute...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, US marines, War, Iceland
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Lest We Forget is a 1947 military documentary that consists of newsreels and government propaganda films, giving viewers a look at the fighting of World War II. The film opens with aerial footage of Berlin in the aftermath of Allied bombing attacks. Footage shows some of the city’s buildings and squares looking desolate. People celebrate the end of the war in Paris (01:33) and London (02:12). Soldiers march along beaches in England, preparing for the invasion of Normandy. LCVPs land on a...
Topics: Lest We Forget, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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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...
Topics: 1945, WWII, World War II, US Army, US Army Nurse, Stock Footage
Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter was a 1943 educational dramatic short produced by the United States Air Force during World War II. Its purpose was to instruct pilots in the Pacific theater about recognizing hostile planes at long distances and avoid friendly fire incidents. Most of the film is taken up with a short play in which a young pilot, portrayed by Ronald Reagan, is ordered on reconnaissance missions of the Pacific and encounters another plane which he can't tell is friendly or...
Topics: Recognition, Japanese Zero Fighter, WWII, World War II Stock Footage
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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...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States, Army Air Force, Air Force, Nazi's, World War II
Released in 1945, when it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, The True Glory was a co-production of the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information. Directed by Carol Reed assisted by Garson Kanin, the film documents the victory on the Western Front, from D-Day at Normandy to the surrender of the Third Reich and V-E Day. The film features an introduction by Supreme Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, combat footage filmed by military photographers,...
Topics: True Glory, D Day, WWII, World War II, Europe, Eisenhower, Stock Footage
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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...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, BF 110, Aircraft, World War II, Aircraft Identification
Created at the outset of America's entry into WWII, this Castle Film newsreel shows America as the "Arsenal of Democracy" producing men and materials for the war effort.   Basic training and testing of military equipment is shown, along with the construction of jeeps, tanks, ships, guns, planes, PT boats and other war material.   Some of the spectacular footage included shows tanks driving through buildings and over obstacles, soldiers fording rivers, exercises using horses,...
Topics: World War II, WWII, Stock Footage, Castle Films, Tanks, Boats, Ships, Guns, Basic Training
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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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Created by Castle Films, this sound newsreel shows some of the significant news events of 1945.  Footage of the sinking of the British battleship HMS Barham -- an event that actually happened in 1941 but remained secret --- and the German V-2 rocket is shown.  The death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is seen including the funeral at Hyde Park, and President Truman speaks after V-E Day.  General Montgomery enters Copenhagen and General DeGaulle is shown in liberated Paris.  Rudolf...
Topics: V-2 Rocket, Victory In Europe Day, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hyde Park, Hermann Goering, Rudolph Hess,...
This episode of The Big Picture's TV Series "Army in Action" focuses on the aftermath of World War II in Europe and Asia.  The plight of defeated Germany and Italy, with their decimated cities and homeless population, is clearly illustrated with footage of the stark devastation.  Hiroshima and Nagasaki, leveled by atomic explosions, are also shown and the situation in Japan described.  The tragic costs of World War II are elucidated, with a focus on the reconstruction of cities,...
Topics: The Big Picture, World War II, Germany Italy, Adolf Hitler, Mussolinmi, Army In Action, Occupation,...
Sponsored by the U.S. Government during WWII,  AMERICANS ALL stresses the importance of bolstering democracy through fair treatment, equality, justice and understanding between different races, religions and creeds. The film starts with a discussion of liberty and discrimination, including the distressing hate speech promoted in certain sectors of the American public.  The National Conference of Christians and Jews is shown, espousing the ideas of brotherhood and religious and racial harmony,...
Topics: Pericsope Film, Stock Footage, Good Neighbor Policy, World War II, Segregation, Prejudice,...
This issue of the British "Act and Fact" newsreel series focuses on the Allied drive towards Paris in 1944.  The Liberation of Paris (also known as the Battle for Paris) was a military conflict that took place during World War II from 19 August 1944 until the German garrison surrendered the French capital on 25 August 1944. Paris had been ruled by Nazi Germany since the signing of the Second Compiègne Armistice on 22 June 1940, after which the Wehrmacht occupied northern and western...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Liberation Of Paris, World War II, Charles De Gaulle, Winston...
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The Ducktators is a Looney Tunes black and white cartoon that was produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions and was released in 1942 by Warner Bros.. It was directed by Norman McCabe. The cartoon takes place on a farm, beginning with a few ducks, geese and chickens being shown. After a brief few moments, two ducks (who are expecting a duckling) go over to their unusually black-colored egg as it starts to hatch. Once the egg has hatched, a duckling with an Adolf Hitler appearance emerges and...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, The Ducktators, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Animation,...
In this classroom film from 1963, a filmmaker and an historian discuss the background issues leading into the beginning of World War II, starting with the Treaty of Versailles and ending with Germany’s invasion of Poland. A major lesson of the film is the familiar of the strategy of appeasement in preventing war. (TRT 16:15) Titles. Crane Brinton, Ph.D., the McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University (0:09) meets with a filmmaker who is using a 16mm projector to show...
Topics: WWII, World War II, 1963, Nazi Party, Fascism, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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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
Made in 1946, "G.I.s in Switzerland" shows a post-WWII program in which American G.I.s and servicewomen are taken to Switzerland for rest & relaxation in a nation not affected by the devastation of the war.  The film was made by Hermann Haller and David Wechsler, most likely as a propaganda effort on behalf of the nation of Switzerland.  The Swiss endured criticism during the war for their neutral stance and were viewed in some quarters as Nazi collaborators who benefitted from...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Lucerne, geneva, Switzerland, United States Army, World War Ii
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Made in 1972 this Soviet film, presented in Russian, tells a brief history of the Communist party and has other segments as well.   To be honest we don't speak Russian so we are hoping someone out there will offer some more insight in the comments.   Some of the imagery in the film includes shots of Russia during the Communist Revolution and its aftermath.   Various scenes include mining (2:45) and industry (4:40), the 1935 Communist Congress (5:55),   WWI Russian troops (10:00) and more....
Topics: Soviet, Communist Party, Lecture, 1972, Russia, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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This silent film footage is from the gun cameras of German fighter planes intercepting Allied aircraft including B-17s in the skies of Europe. The films were shot using recording 16mm cameras in the wings of the aircraft, and used to both verify kills and probables, as well as examine tactics used in combat.   The title card at :19 roughly translates as "Original footage of the defense of the Reich by hunter killer squadrons operating against bomber groups."   Each entry shows the...
Topics: 1944, German Gun Camera, WWII, World War II, Air Raids, Stock Footage
Coast Guard Auxiliary. Narrated by Bill Stern. (Member CGA Flotilla Number 302). A US Coast Guard Picture. This is a black and white, 1940s era film, produced by the United States Coast Guard. The purpose of the film is to show the effort and training auxiliary Coast Guardsmen undergo in order to serve the United States Coast Guard. The film opens with a man in a captain’s hat screwing a number plaque on the side of a boat. A small yacht launches into the water. Men load lifejackets onto a...
Topics: United States, Coat Guard, Auxiliary, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
Hastily created immediately after Pearl Harbor, DEMOCRACY IN ACTION was released by the Department of Agriculture to encourage greater productivity in the nation's farm belt.  The movie describes how the last two years have set productivity records for United States agriculture, but that more work is needed given the desperate demands of the looming conflict.  From cotton (4:25) used to make uniforms and bandages, to meat and grain used to feed troops or the tobacco the troops smoke, the film...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Agriculture, Cattle, Tabacco, Dairy Industry, World War II
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Created shortly after WWII, this film tells the story of the destroyer escorts and their service in the U.S. Navy.  These were fast and maneuverable ships that cost half of what a conventional destroyer cost, and could perform all the same rolls.  The film shows the construction and launch of various ships including USS McConnell (DE-163), USS Frament (DE-677) and USS Brennan (DE-13) during WWII.  These "hellcats of the fleet" are then shown preparing for sea duty and making a...
Topics: destroyer escort, U.S. Navy, DE, WWII, World War II, Battle of the Atlantic, anti-submarine...
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Produced in 1951, "The Waking Point" is a British Civil Defense film aimed at increasing recruitment to the now defunct Civil Defense Corps.   The narrative of the story is set around an “every man” character in Joe Mercer who comes to realize that civil defense is universal after a mishap with his son getting trapped in a sandpit. At the end of the film he realizes there is “still time” to train in civil defense after he dreams about WWIII being declared before he’d...
Topics: British Civil Defense, 1951, Sandpit, WWII. World War II, Stock Footage
Amphibious Warfare: The Salvage Boat is one of a series of U.S. training films. This film discusses how salvage boats conduct their rescue operations. The film opens with footage of various landing craft hitting a beach and soldiers storming the beach. Several landing craft break down or are stranded (01:02). The film shows a salvage boat on the water (01:22) as well as a salvage boat LCPL (landing craft personal large) being lowered from a cruiser down to the water. The film provides an...
Topics: Amphibious Warfare, Salvage Boat, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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Produced by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in support of the 7th War Loan, "Voice of Truth" is a terrific examples of a WWII propaganda film.  "Voice of Truth" uses a Tokyo Rose broadcast as its conceit, to remind the audience of the stakes in the war.  Tokyo Rose (alternative spelling Tokio Rose) was actually a generic name given by Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II to any of approximately a dozen English-speaking female broadcasters of Japanese...
Topics: Tokyo, World War II, Propaganda Film, Film, Treasury Department, Japan, WWII
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "The Road Back" looks at the difficult New Guinea campaign. The Japanese...
Topics: Television Program, Crusade In The Pacific, New Guinea, World War II, Ninth Calvary Regiment,...
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "The U.S. and the Philippines" looks at the relations between the United...
Topics: Corregidor Island, December 7, Bataan Death March, World War II, Pacific Campaign, Philippines
This silent, confidential film from WWII shows tests of various 4.5" B.R. launchers at Camp Pendelton, California on Jan. 19, 1944. It's not entirely clear what the abbreviation "B.R." stood for, but these are clearly multiple artillery rocket launchers similar in some ways to the Russian Katyusha system. According to a website, the type 36 rocket launcher could be easily installed on a Jeep and featured armored plating to protect the driver. This plating can be seen in the...
Topics: WWII, World War II, M-8, 1944, Stock Footage
This historic civil defense film was created at the beginning of American participation in WWII, and presents the scenario that Nazi and Japanese aircraft might raid the United States and drop incendiary bombs on American cities.  At the time the threat appeared absolutely real, and both East and West Coasts complied with blackout restrictions, posted air raid wardens, and began training volunteers to respond in the event of an Axis attack. In the film magnesium incendiary bombs are shown,...
Topics: Civil Defense, United States Of America, World War II, Firebombing, War, Fireman, Firefighting,...
This 1943 U.S. Army Air Force film, Keep ‘Em Flying (T.F. 1-3314), is a short educational film to help new recruits find their place in the Army Air Force’s Technical Training Command. This WWII film details the activities of the men who support the U.S. Army Air Force, from crew chiefs to mechanics to armorers and munitions crew. The film opens with shot of planes flying in the air. An advanced air drone takes off (00:50). The film shows some of the various people who play a role in...
Topics: US Army, Air Force, WWII, World War II, 1943, USAF, TF
Presented by the Associated Producers of Negro Motion Pictures,  produced and directed by African American filmmaker William D. Alexander and narrated by Fredric March, THE HIGHEST TRADITION (1946) tells the story of African Americans participating in WWII.  This includes Joseph Cross, Doris "Dorrie" Miller, Leonard "Roy" Harmon, Elbert Oliver (who won the silver star), and more.  Hampton Institute in Virginia and the Great Lakes facility in Illinois are shown where...
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A British Ministry of Information Second World War film, released by the Office of War Information, about Dover during 1942. This version for US consumption is narrated by the American journalist and media figure, Edward R. Murrow.   Features:   Dunkirk Evacuation Winston Churchill The Mayor Dover Town Hall St Martin's Battery "Look-a-like" Pencester Gardens.   This World War Two (WWII, WW2) film gives a resume of the Battle of Britain and Dunkirk Evacuation, 'current' Royal Navy...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Dover, British Ministry Of Defense, 1942, Stock Footage
-although it is 70 years old, this video contains some graphic content of the effects of venereal disease, that some persons may find disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised- -although it is 70 years old, this video contains some graphic content of the effects of venereal disease, that some persons may find disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.Made during WWII by the U.S. Government, SEXUAL HYGIENE is a disturbing film intended to explain to service personnel how devastating it can be if...
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Dating to 1943, THE WAR FOR MEN'S MINDS was produced in 1943 by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and released in the USA by United Artists as part of the wartime The World in Action series. The film was produced by Stuart Legg . The War for Men's Minds describes the impact of propaganda from the Axis powers in 1943, during the Second World War.   The film shows how in 1943, Allied forces are confronting a sophisticated means of war, the propaganda campaign that the Axis powers employ....
Topics: WWII, World War II, Stock Footage, 1943, Propaganda Film, Nazis
This fascinating silent color film from World War II shows a variety of rockets produced by the United States for use in the conflict.  Many of these weapons were developed at Caltech, and the film shows some of the work done there to perfect these systems.  Various launch platforms are shown including small craft such as the LCI and the LCM, and aircraft of various kinds including the Navy's Harpoon.   The 5-inch Forward Firing Aircraft Rocket or FFAR was an American rocket developed during...
Topics: World War II, Aircraft, Rocket, Folding Fin, High Velocity Aircracrt Rocket, privateer airplane
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Dailies from the Clark Gable documentary film "Combat America" shot in WWIIThese raw film "dailies" are from the 1943 Clark Gable documentary film "Combat America".   Although silent, they provide some interesting insight into the making of one of the iconic propaganda films of WWII.   Some of the material seen herein was utilized in the finished movie and some was not…   some wonderful material including at 2:30 a wrecked B-17, a tail gun in action at the...
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Made in the immediate aftermath of WWII, this German language film focuses on the atrocities committed at the Oranienburg concentration camp and the prisoner of war camp that replaced it, Sachsenhausen. The facility was preserved post-war as a museum and memorial.   The film begins with images of the camp grounds, barracks, guard towers, barbed wire fences and stockades. At 3:10 a sign proclaims "Prisoner of War Camp". At 3:45 footage shot after the liberation of the camp shows a...
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In this 1944 issue of Army-Navy Screen Magazine, viewers see a tribute to the late Lt. Gen. Lesley James McNair. McNair shakes hands with soldiers on an airstrip next to a plane, then he is shown sitting inside a car. Next, the film shows an aerial view of the cities of Normandy left in ruins following the heavy fighting that preceded the Allied liberation of the region (01:48). Troops fire artillery guns and off in the distance a building in a city is burning. A soldier talks on a radio while...
Topics: 1944, Army Navy Screen Magazine, Gen, Lesley Mcnar, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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The United States Navy gave viewers a look at “Sea Power in the Pacific” during World War II in this nearly 30-minute film. The film opens in 1931 China as Japanese bombs rain down from the sky. The horrors of war are shown in grim detail at mark 01:05, including the murder and mass burial of Chinese civilians. Japan was poised to control all of the Pacific and the resources of the East Indies, including its oil and rubber. “The only power the Japanese aggressor had to face,” we’re...
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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 World War II film celebrates International Harvester's contribution to the war effort, producing vehicles for the Army. The International Harvester Company (abbreviated first IHC and later IH) was a U.S. manufacturer of agricultural machinery, construction equipment, trucks, and household and commercial products. In 1902, J.P. Morgan merged the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and Deering Harvester Company, along with three smaller agricultural equipment firms, to form International...
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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...
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Produced in 1942 by the American group called United China Relief, "This is China" uses newsreel and travelogue footage to present a portrait of "our friends and allies" -- the Chinese people. United China Relief was founded in 1941 in New York City for the purpose of raising funds to aid the Chinese people during times of national crisis. The main function of United China Relief was to provide funds for the relief and rehabilitation of the Chinese people. Ancillary goals...
Topics: China, World War II, Rape Nanking, Shanghai Greenland F.C, Refugee, War Crime, Propaganda Film
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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
Created for the U.S. Navy by the Treasury Dept. as part of the 6th War Loan drive, PHOTOGRAPHY FIGHTS is a docudrama that showcases the role of a naval photographic interpretation team in theater.  The film begins and ends with a "typical" American couple who openly doubt the value of photography in the war, and then shows an interpretation team working on the front lines at Guadalcanal in the Pacific. An aerial photograph is analyzed to reveal that Japanese troops are constructing...
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"Introduction to Dive Bombing" is a WWII training film made by the U.S. Navy that demonstrates the techniques used in a successful attack.  It also shows the various training regimens used in aviator training, including a generalized study of the fundamentals for the practice and combat dive.  An SB2C Helldiver is used for demonstration purposes. A dive bomber is a bomber aircraft that dives directly at its targets in order to provide greater accuracy and limit the exposure of...
Topics: Dive Bomber, United States Navy, World War II, Curtiss SB2C, U.S. Navy Pilot, Training Film, World...
This black & white film military training film "How to Get Killed in One Easy Lesson" was shown to infantry recruits during WWII. It is part of a series of "Fighting Men" films, designed to reinforce principles taught in field training. In this case, the film focuses on how careless behavior -- leads to death.  Copyright 1943. Opening: Official Training Film - Fighting Men - How to get killed in one easy lesson (:08-:35). American soldiers advance in a jungle, they...
Topics: Fighting Men, WWII, World War II, 1943, Army Ground Forces, Training Film, Stock Footage
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In the 1945 Department of the Navy film, DAMAGE CONTROL describes the effect on the metacenter of changes in the value of "G" relationship of metacenter height with range of stability, and initial stability in terms of displacement. At (00:00:50:00) , we see a pontoon stability experiment, and the metacenter’s effect on buoyancy. Vintage footage of American sailors and ships at port can be seen at (00:06:12:00). More vintage footage of ships at sea appears at (00:08:30:00) and...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Damage Center, Training Film, Metacenter, Stability, Stock Footage
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Shot by a member of combat camera named Edwin C. Udey who was tasked with making a documentary about the field treatment of wounded, this silent footage was taken during the Battle of Saipan in 1944. Unlike most of the censored footage you will see from WWII, this material from the combat zone is quite raw. It is hard to watch without becoming emotional, seeing so many brave, young men who have been subjected to the horrors of battle. At :28 a Marine examines a Japanese emplacement or hole and...
Topics: Raw Combat Footage, Saipan, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
This newsreel is part of the Army/Navy Screen Magazine, a WWII newsreel program produced from June 1943 until early 1946 by the Army Signal Corps under the supervision of director Frank Capra. It includes several segments. First, "Iron War Horse" which shows the operational training of troops at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana to maintain railroads at the battle front. "Seized from the Japs" shows rare captured Japanese military newsreel films, including an amphibious assault....
Topics: Steam Locomotive, Steam, World War II, Military Railroad, Newsreel, WW2, Camp Claiborne, Royal...
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "The Navy Holds" examines early U.S. Navy operations in World War II. It...
Topics: Crusade In The Pacific, World War II, WWII, Battle Of The Coral Sea, Battle Of Midway, New...
This silent movie shows the ships of the Royal Navy just prior to WWII and includes footage of destroyers throwing depth charges, an aircraft carrier with Fairey Swordfish torpedo planes and other aircraft conducting mock dive bomb and torpedo attack exercises (1:30 mark), anti-aircraft defenses (3:15 mark), HMS Havock laying down a smoke screen (5 minute mark), the battleships HMS Rodney and HMS Nelson (6 minute mark), and various crew exercise and entertainments including boxing aboard ship....
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Made by the Department of the Army Air Force in 1942, "Aerial Navigation - Airways Flying" shows various procedures for pilots and air traffic control.   The film discusses the need for civil aviation rules, procedures and operations and an air traffic control center and tower, the meaning of green, amber, red and blue airways, recommended procedures when navigation instruments fail, and rules for approaching and leaving airports.   Includes interesting footage of WWII era telefax,...
Topics: World War II, Aerial Navigation, Airways, Flying, Stock Footage
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Apparently dating to the Korean War era, this fascinating film describes how aircraft were used to rapidly evacuate wounded soldiers from remote bases to stateside facilities so that they can receive hospital care quickly.  The setting of the film is the St. Alban's Naval Hospital, aka Naval Hospital Brooklyn, in Long Island, New York.  The film features General Wilfred Hall, responsible for Air Evacauation as part of the Military Air Transportation Service (MATS), speaking about how the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Film, World War II, Wounded, Evacuation Of Wounded, St. Alban's Hospital,...
This 1942 Warner Bros. propaganda film, directed by B. Reeves Eason, gives viewers a look at a reenactment of the training of U.S. Army Air Forces cadets. The film opens with Lt. General Henry H. Arnold climbing out of a plane at an airfield. He looks over a group of graduating cadets at the start of the wings-awarding ceremony. Arnold speaks to the graduates about their roles in the current climate (01:52). The graduates stand at attention, surrounded by what appear to be Vultee BT-13 Valiant...
Topics: Men From The Sky, 1942, WWII, World War II, Army Air Forces, Stock Footage
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "War in the North"  examines Japan's invasion of the Aleutian islands in...
Topics: Japanese Internment, Aleutian Island, Alaska, Kiska, Pacific Campaign, World War II, War Film,...
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This episode of "The Big Picture", the U.S. Army's television show, is from the "Army in Action" series.  Entitled "Flames on the Horizon", this episode portrays world events from 1939 to 1941, including the war in China, the early phases of WWII in Europe including the Fall of France, the U.S. mobilizing for war, and finally Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.   The Big Picture is an American documentary television program which aired on ABC-TV from 1951 to 1964....
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U.S. Coast Guard Report Number 7, "Coast Guard on Foreign Shores", shows the role the Coast Guard played in the Allied victory in WWII. Coast Guardsmen manned nearly every type of support vessel for the Navy, and went into harm's way not only in the battle against the U-boats, but at every amphibious landing from North Africa to Sicily, Italy to D-Day, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Luzon, Okinawa and Iwo Jima. This film shows the role of the Coast Guard, and features terrific footage of many...
Topics: United States Coast guard, World War II, U.S. navy
The Fight for the Sky is a short propaganda film commissioned by the US government to highlight the victories of the Allied air forces over Europe prior to the Normandy invasion.  It is narrated by actor Ronald Reagan. Opening with shots of aerial combat over Europe the film turns to footage of the airmen acting casually in their base in East Anglia, reading newspapers, playing ping pong, and listening to the radio. However, they are soon called for a debriefing about their next mission, a...
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This short film from The March of Time's classroom film series gives viewers a glimpse of Sweden as it navigates its “middle-of-the-road” course during World War II. The film opens with footage of a street in Stockholm at night; signs are lit up and people browse shop windows. A man from one of the city’s newspapers reports on the war’s action: there is footage of bombs being dropped and of buildings exploding. Members of Sweden’s press print stories on the war (01:51). The film then...
Topics: Sweden, WWII, World War II, Travelogue, Stockholm, Stock Footage
This film is unclassified. It is a 1940’s era, black and white movie. The Navy Department presents a United States Navy training film. Produced for the Bureau of Aeronautics by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc. Copyright 1943 by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc. The Inverted Spin. Intermediate Acrobatics, Part VII. The purpose of the film is to teach pilots how to enter into - and pull out of - an inverted spin maneuver. The movie opens with a forward view of a plane; our viewpoint is from...
Topics: WWII, World war II, US Navy Pilot, Inverted Spin, Stearman, Biplane, Stock Footage
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WINGED VICTORY ON FOOT profiles the famed 43rd Infantry Division, which was a formation of the United States Army from 1925 to 1967. It served in the Pacific during World War II. It was activated on 21 March 1925 as a New England National Guard Division in Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The 143rd Area Support Group of the Connecticut National Guard now carries on the heritage. The film features footage of induction at 1:44, with troops receiving clothes. At the 1:58 mark, troops...
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Dating to 1943, this WWII newsreel shows the Battle of Stalingrad and the fierce winter fighting that turned the tide of WWII in the East.  Also seen in this film are highlights of the Battle of the Philippine Sea as "carrier X" (likely the USS Enterprise) fights in the Pacific (likely at the Battle of Santa Cruz). The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943) was a major battle of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control...
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This one-of-a-kind film shows the flight test of a Remington Rand television camera aboard a small aircraft.  The exact story behind this film is not yet known, but during WWII television was used in a series of weapons including the TDR-1 Torpedo Drone and Operation Anvil and Operation Aphrodite -- which used TV to convert bomber aircraft into radio controlled flying bombs.  That may or may not have been the point of this particular test.   Another concept (for instance) was to use...
Topics: Television, World War II, TDR- Drone, Torpedo Drone, Remington Rand, Operation Aphrodite, Operation...
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "Shifting Tides in the Orient" examines the growth of independence...
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This tribute to the Third Army in World War II details its 281 days of combat duty, from France and Belgium and into Germany in 1944-45, including the Battle of the Bulge. Features footage of General George S. Patton and the troops he commanded. The United States Army Central (formerly 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 coalition liberation of Iraq. It is best known for its...
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Created shortly after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a memorial, this "Official Films" silent newsreel was sold for home use.  The film shows the career of FDR starting with his earliest days in politics, including rare footage before he was stricken with Polio.  It also shows the President throughout his four terms in office, and then the funeral preparations and burial. The backstory of the funeral is this: in the early afternoon of April 12, 1945 President...
Topics: Franklin D Roosevelt, President Of The united States, Hyde park, 1945, World War II, Politics, 1945
This episode of "The Big Picture" is a biography of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, one of the greatest naval leaders in the history of the United States.  Chester William Nimitz (February 24, 1885 – February 20, 1966) was a fleet admiral of the United States Navy. He played a major role in the naval history of World War II as Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet (CinCPac), for U.S. naval forces and Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas (CinCPOA), for U.S. and Allied...
Topics: Chester W. Nimitz, U.S. World War II, Pacific Fleet, Japanese Navy
Made to promote the 6th War Loan in 1945, SILENCE shows the aftermath of war, with shattered harbors and factories, but no troops or machines of war present — just silence.  "But a war cannot be won this way," says the narrator, and then the film erupts into a loud, incredible montage of violence and mayhem.  And, a new announcer continues at 2:00, we must have another noise -- the noise of busy factories and assembly lines producing tanks, trucks, tires, guns, ammunition and...
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Produced in 1965 as part of the "Twentieth Century" TV series with Walter Cronkite, THE PRIDE AND THE SHAME tells the story of the Japanese internment, and the brave actions of patriotic Japanese-Americans such as Daniel Inouye who bravely served in the U.S. Army as part of the 442nd during WWII. Also contains footage of the aftermath of a Japanese submarine shelling the United States -- at about the 4:09 mark you'll see footage of the Santa Barbara refinery hit by the Japanese. The...
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Made in 1943 and animated by Chuck Jones under the Leon Schlesinger Unit, this very serious animated documentary short film demonstrating the reasons and methods of the point system of wartime food rationing.   In the face of wartime demands and agricultural personnel shortages during World War II, food rationing was necessary. This film explains the US Government's answer of of these wartime realities, point based rationing. Furthermore, the system's application is illustrated as we follow a...
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Created by Castle Films during WWII for the U.S. Government AIR RAID WARNING shows the duties and responsibilities of the Civil Defense Air Raid Wardens.  These individuals were trained in first aid, fire fighting, and gas and chemical warfare as well as plane spotting.  During the blackout in the USA, wardens enforced regulations to keep lights out and blinds drawn at all times.  The American wardens traced their origins to Britain.  During the early stages of World War II, the Air...
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This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "America Goes to War in the Pacific" examines the America's entry into World War II after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It looks at early Allied loses on Wake Island, Guam, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It also looks at the turning of American industry to war and the training of American soldiers. Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most...
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Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation. This portion is Reel 1. This version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs...
Topics: Nazi Germany, Germany, Adolf Hitler, World War II, Brandenburg Gate, Documentary
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...
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This short silent German educational film shows an artillery battery being put into position by Wehrmacht forces.  Interestingly the battery force has mounted troops, typical of the German Army which while heavily mechanized used horses for many important tasks.  Once a position is scouted, troops emplace the gun and begin the work of camouflaging the position, while other soldiers work to obtain firing data and sighting.    The artillery piece shown may be the 7.5 cm Feld Kanone 16 neuer...
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This 1944 WWII U.S. Navy propaganda film features a wide range of US Navy carrier operations (involving Hellcats, Helldivers and Avengers), with hair-raising carrier landings and accidents.  The film begins with carrier take-offs from ships based near the Philippines including USS Enterprise CV-6, with aircraft looking for Japanese at sea and on land the mission is the same -- "find the Japs".  Beginning about the 4:30 mark as aircraft return to their ships, you'll see an incredible...
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This U.S. Navy newsreel consists of several segments.  The first tells the story of the Gilmore Brothers, Charles and Lyman, who attempted to build an airplane several years prior to the Wright Brothers.  The second segment shows the Japanese Kamikaze pilots and tells the story of "how they got that way".  Next, a sexy interlude called "Showtime" with singer Joy Hodges.  This soundie is typical of the 1940s era, where music videos often consisted of cute vignettes....
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Made during WWII, "On the War Bond Front" was produced by the United States Treasury Department to promote the sale of War Bonds.  The film charts some of the United States Saving Bond and Stamp programs, and shows how they were promoted within industry and civilian populations.   At the 49 second mark, the film shows Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr. selling a defense bond to President Roosevelt.  It was an incredibly successful effort.  As the film explains in July...
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Created in 1942, this wonderful propaganda and recruiting film explains that "men make the Navy and the Navy makes men" and features Lowell Thomas narrating.  Probably made before Pearl Harbor or adapted shortly after the Japanese attack on December 7th, the film features a brief segment at the end identifying Adolph Hitler and Japan as American adversaries.  Some of the material includes: fleet maneuvers involving battleships, cruisers, destroyers and aircraft carriers, PT boats...
Topics: Lowell Thomas, U.S. Navy, recruiting film, WWII, World War II, PT Boat, Battleship, cruiser,...
Dating from WWII, this China travelogue narrated by Hugh James is a rarity, in that it is entirely in color.  The film shows Peiping / Beijing, including street scenes, shots of the Forbidden City, and more.  There are shots of native handicraft including the art of ivory at the 2:10 mark, jade work, a Cloisonné vase, making rugs from wool, and more.  Modern clothing is shown, as well as a Chinese funeral.  Shanghai is seen at the 7:30 mark, and the Yangtze River. We encourage viewers to...
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