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Produced in 1938, this American newsreel shows the Anschluss -- the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in March 1938.  Austria was annexed into the German Third Reich on 12 March 1938. There had been several years of pressure by supporters in both Austria and Germany (by both Nazis and non-Nazis) for the "Heim ins Reich" movement. Earlier, Nazi Germany had provided support for the Austrian National Socialist Party (Austrian Nazi Party) in its bid to seize power from Austria's...
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Topics: Adolph Hitler, WWII, newsreel, Austria
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Released in 1944 by Warner Brothers in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, "Task Force" is a Technicolor short film narrated by Jackson Beck.  The film focuses around Coast Guard "Task Force" duty.  Besides operational glimpses, the viewer is treated to a snapshot of the life of a Coast Guardsman on and off duty.  While the film contains much documentary-style footage, some sections of the film are re-enactments and the scenario presented (in which the USCG battles a...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, USCG, US Coast Guard, Task Force, Stock Footage
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Made by the famed Jam Handy Organization, a leading educational and training film company, this black & white training film "Doping Techniques" explains the process of doping fabric for airplanes. It likely dates to the WWII era. Aircraft dope is a plasticized lacquer that is applied to fabric-covered aircraft. It tightens and stiffens fabric stretched over airframes, which renders them airtight and weatherproof, increasing their durability and lifespan. Without the application of...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, WWII Era, Training Film, Fabric Airplane Wing, Dope, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This WWII newsreel shows news events of early 1944, in particular the Allied landing in Anzio, Italy and the drive towards Rome.  It includes footage of the assault on Monte Cassino.  The second half of the film features footage from the Eastern Front as Russian forces take advantage of a mild winter to press Axis armies.  The offensive enters Croatia, Romania and Poland, and threatens to become a full scale rout. The Battle of Anzio, also known as Frontline of Anzio and Nettuno, took place...
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Topics: WWII, Anzio, Italy, D-Day, June 6 1944, Mark Clark, Monte Cassino
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Made during WWII, this silent footage shows homefront activities in Canada. It was apparently shot in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. The start of the film shows recruits marching past (:16) a local newspaper office and downtown (1:05).   At 1:22 another recruit joins the group. At 1:40 oxen carrying wheat move slowly through a city street. At 2:42 the recruits walk past clothing set on a line to dry. At 3:42 "Duke Street" in Vancouver is shown (footage flopped).   At 5:14,...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, Vancouver, Columbia, RCAF, Stock Footage
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Made in 1946, THE MODERN CHIPPEWA INDIAN shows reservation life in Minnesota in the post-WWII period. Produced by Frederick Jones and Rand Kellogg, the film contains some gratuitous narration that some may consider demeaning. However it does paint a picture of an industrious tribe who have flourished as farmers, fishermen, and artists.  The film shows the Redlake Hospital (2:30), an unidentified Chippewa artist who served in the U.S. Navy during WWII (3:00).  Fishing activities are seen at...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, WWII, World War II, Caen, Saint Nazaire, Liberation Of Paris, FFI,...
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Made in late 1944 by the U.S. Army Pictorial Service, "The Liberation of Rome" depicts the successful Allied advance into Rome, freeing it from German control during World War II. The film begins with footage of Allied forces arriving in the city, before flashing back to the beginnings of the campaign that eventually liberated Southern Italy from Axis control. At 1:37, the combined Chiefs of Staff are seen planning the campaign after the successful battle for Siciliy. At 2:45, Gen....
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Topics: World War II, WWII, Liberation Of Rome, Italian Campaign, Rome, Stock Footage
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Made by Ted Eshbaugh, who made six or more cartoons for various studios in the 30s and 40s, CAP'N CUB is a WWII propaganda cartoon that ballyhoos the U.S. Army Air Corps.   The cartoon starts out cute, but soon turns very politically incorrect by post-war standards. Cute little Cap'n Cub reviews a weapons parade, but wants more "planes, planes, planes!". A full production sequence follows, and the completed planes go off to fight the Japanese, and goes from cute to dark very quickly...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, 1943, WWII, Cartoon
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Produced in 1945, this WWII G.I. MOVIE WEEKLY is one of the original programs which were presented to members of the Armed Forces during World War II. This series of films, which reached our overseas forces for 204 weeks until October of 1945, included 1,042 features and 1,051 shorts. After WWII, the series continued commercially through the Army.   The first segment of this film is MANILA - U.S. TROOPS POUR IN FOR DRIVE TO JAPAN (00:00:35:00) is narrated by Dwight Weist. This segment starts...
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Topics: WWII, G.I, Movie Weekly, 1945, Manila, Liner SS Normandie, Stock Footage
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Dating to World War II, this film tells the story of the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation and the manufacture of blimps and aircraft. It begins with a shot of Paul W. Litchfield, the American industrialist who was president (1926–40) and chairman of the board (1930–58) of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, a firm that he helped develop into a worldwide operation. Also shown is Lt. Dougherty of the U.S. Navy and a representative of the U.S. Army. The four are looking at a model of the Goodyear...
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Topics: Good Year Blimp, Aircraft, WWII, World War II, Airplanes, Stock Footage
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Made during WWII in 1945, this   United States Navy training film looks at Combat Fatigue Irritability, or shell shock, now known as PTSD. This is a very rare film, the type of which was, like John Huston's landmark "Let There Be Light", not widely shown due to the effects it could have on morale.   Most likely it was only shown to those suffering from combat fatigue, and those who were working to help alleviate it.   Oversimplistic in its approach, compared to what we know today,...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, Combat Fatigue, PTSD, US Nav, Stock Footage
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This 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.
The True Glory: From D-Day to V-E Day (1945) is a co-production of the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information, documenting the victory on the Western Front, from Normandy to the collapse of the Third Reich.   Although many individuals, including screenwriter and director Garson Kanin, contributed to the film, British director Carol Reed is normally credited as the director. The film was promoted with the tagline, "The story of your victory...told by the guys...
Topics: True Glory, WWII, Europe, World War II, D Day, 1945
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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, "Palau: The Fight for Bloody Nose Ridge" looks at the brutal effort to take...
Topics: Crusade In The Pacific, Palau, New Guinea, WWII, U.S. Marine Corps, Pacific Campaign
This fascinating 1945 newsreel shows the battle for the Philippines, as U.S. forces under the command of General Douglas MacArthur launch an assault on the island of Leyte.  The battle resulted in a U.S. and Filipino victory. The Allies had taken control of all strategically and economically important locations of Luzon by March 1945, although pockets of Japanese resistance held out in the mountains until the unconditional surrender of Japan. While not the highest in US casualties, it is the...
Topics: newsreel, WWII, Japan, Philippines, MacArthur, Marines, Mt. Suribachi, Manila, Battle of Leyte,...
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This Soviet film looks back on the bitter fighting in the Eastern Front of World War II.  It features a great deal of footage of the ill-fated German advance into central Russia in 1942, and the Red Army during its Winter offensive in 1943.  Activities by partisans are shown at the 2:30 mark, and some of their work sabotaging rail lines and burning German supply dumps is shown.  At 3:20, Soviet factories are shown churning out tanks and aircraft.  Russian general staff are seen at the 4:00...
Topics: Soviet War, Russia, Memorial Film, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1953, "Paris the Ageless City" was produced by Arthur Wolfe, released by Young America Films and made by the Centron Corporation.  The film shows the City of Light in the post-WWII era, with its tree lined avenues, cobble stone streets, bikes, taxis, and buses.  The Seine River, Notre Dame, Sacre Couer cathedral, the Louvre (2:30),  and many other sights are shown. Special treatment is given to the Eiffel Tower starting at the 6:15 mark. It includes shots from the Tower...
Topics: 1953, Paris, France, Travelogue, Eiffel, Ageless City, Post WWII Era, City Of Light, Stock Footage
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Created for the U.S. Navy by the Treasury Dept. as part of the 6th War Loan drive, PHOTOGRAPHY FIGHTS is a docudrama that showcases the role of a naval photographic interpretation team in theater.   The film begins and ends with a "typical" American couple who openly doubt the value of photography in the war, and then shows an interpretation team working on the front lines at Guadalcanal in the Pacific. An aerial photograph is analyzed to reveal that Japanese troops are constructing...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Photography, US Navy, Guadalcanal, Stock Footage
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Made by the Walt Disney Company during WWII for the U.S. Navy, ICE FORMATION ON AIRCRAFT was part of a series of films and booklets in the "Aerology Series" produced by the Bureau of Aeronautics Training Division, Navy Department, Washington D.C. for Naval Aviation Cadets. (The film was later re-made after the war, with the graphics updates to reflect more modern aircraft.) Each section of the film deals with a type of ice and its ramifications for aircraft. The film features flight...
Topics: Walt Disney, US Navy, Ice Formation, WWII, Animated Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This World War II era, color, silent home movie features snippets of civilian life shot by ordinary American citizens in daily life in Washington, DC. It likely dates to 1944-1946, but unfortunately we don't know the precise year. The film opens with a man and a woman playing beneath a tree blossoming in springtime. Springtime blossoms surround the neighborhood. A man and two women walk down the street joyfully: 30. Three women wave to the camera: 43. A man and a woman play with a dog: 55....
Topics: Washington DC, WWII, Era Home Movie, Christmas Trees, Arlington National Cemetery, Stock Footage
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Dating to February 12, 1945, the 69th issue of the Army Air Force's Combat Digest features several fascinating segments.  First, the use of small planes to carry wounded in and out of combat areas on Leyte, in the Philippines.  This was the 159th Liaison Squadron which saw combat during the Philippines Campaign (1944–45) with the 3d Air Commando Group. Flying unarmed Stinson L-4 and L-5 Grasshopper and UC-64A Norseman light aircraft, the squadron flew courier and aerial reconnaissance...
Topics: L-4 Aircraft, Stinson Aircraft Company, Liaison Squadron, Paratrooper, Philippine Campaign, United...
Created in 1947 by Belmont Pictures Inc., this film for Los Angeles Transit Lines (the post-WWII moniker for the Los Angeles Railway and bus lines) is entitled "It’s a Big Job". It was created to recruit drivers, motormen and conductors. The film's script was written by Eric Strutt, produced by Dan Downer and photography by William Wooten. The film is narrated by actor Alexander Scourby, who also stars. It was directed by J. Richard Westen. The movie opens with text indicating it is...
Topics: 1947, Los Angeles, Trolley, Post WWII, Transit Lines, Stock Footage
Prepared for the home market, this silent WWII era Excel Newsreel was sold in Sears and other department stores for viewing by the American public.  The film shows Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Italy in 1943, and contains some great shots of General George S. Patton in command of invasion forces.   Operation Husky, was a major World War II campaign, in which the Allies took Sicily from the Axis Powers (Italy and Nazi Germany). It was a big amphibious and airborne operation,...
Topics: Allied Invasion, Sicily, WWII, Excel Newsreel, Sears, American Public, George S Patton, Stock...
This 1945 black-and-white combat bulletin highlighting the European Theater of Operations has multiple segments. A formation of Douglas DC-3 (Dakota in the RAF) flies over Belgium. A damaged plane slowly descends and crashes; it’s crew parachuting down. Tanks pass over bridges. The convoy approaches Nijmegan, Netherlands. The bridge over the Waal River remains intact as British engineers remove the charges Germans left behind (:15-2:31). British and American air forces in North Africa plan...
Topics: 1945, WWII, ETO, Combat Bulletin, Holland, Stock Footage
This film is of the series ‘Weekly Digest’ which aired during WW2 and provides footage of the A-26 as well as footage from WW2 fronts. It opens with the Douglas A-26; a twin-engine light bomber and ground attack air craft (:44). The A-20 it replaced is shown (:52). In England, a bomber group makes a changeover and prepares to return to its home base in France (:59). The craft’s all-purpose nose is pointed to (1:07). Within the cockpit, the pilot adjusts the controls (1:38) and the...
Topics: 1945, USAFF, Weekly Digest, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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Produced by the Public Service Company of Northern Illinois, this 1944 film shows farm life in northern Illinois during wartime. The film is broken into a number of sections (dairy, beef, sheep, hog, poultry, truck farming, ideas at work, youth, and family) and looks at the ways the various farming families of northern Illinois use electric-powered machines to enhance their productivity and improve quality of life during wartime. The film opens with a montage of shots of a number of northern...
Topics: Farm Life, Illinois, Wartime, WWII, Food, 1944, Stock Footage
This silent, historic German film produced during WWII by UFA is titled "U-boats on patrol". It shows U-boats operating in Wolfpacks, hunting Allied convoys during the Battle of the Atlantic. At the start of the film at :25, a Type IX U-boat is seen preparing to go on a mission. A band :39 plays as the submarine comes to port for a deployment ceremony. At :14 multiple U-boats head out to sea and the watch is manned. At 1:28 an Allied convoy is spotted and the boat crash dives (1:42)...
Topics: WWII, German U Boat, Atlantic, German Newsreel, Germany, Stock Footage
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This film, part of the Army Screen Magazine, features two segments. The first has an interview with Captain Ruth E. Parsons, who worked as a nurse on the embattled island of Corregidor during the first Battle of the Philippines. This incredible woman later became the model for the Nurse's Memorial statue at Arlington National Cemetery. Parsons recounts the collapse of the U.S. Army on Bataan and Corregidor, and the gallant service by the Marines as they fought against overwhelming odds to stave...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Corregidor, Philippines, Douglas MacArthut, Nurses Memorial,...
Heritage of the Hornet is a short 1970s film from McDonnell Douglas that looks at the heritage of the McDonnell Douglas F-18 Hornet—a heritage that is a history of naval ships, starting with the first Hornet in 1775 up through the eighth Hornet, which was decommissioned in 1970. The film opens with shots of the ocean, waves rolling in and hitting against rocks, and U.S. Navy ships at sea. A plane takes off from an aircraft carrier (01:22). Marines march in full uniform. An aerial view shows a...
Topics: Heritage, USS Hornet, 1970, WWII, World War II, F-18 Hornet, Stock Footage
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Touting “America’s fighting ally, China,” during World War II, this 21-minute film focuses on the Nationalist Chinese and their part in WW2. Although the film begins with   the war in Europe and “a new messiah of murder and plunder,” Adolf Hitler, who is introduced at mark 01:08, the viewer is then introduced to Japan, an enemy most American’s had failed to take seriously until December 7, 1941, as recalled at mark 03:36. Recounting the sacrifices made by various nations prior to...
Topics: China, Western Front, WWII, World War II, Chinese, National Army, Stock Footage
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'My Japan' is a 1945 American anti-Japanese propaganda short film produced to spur sale of American war bonds. The film takes the form of a mock travelogue of Japan, presented by an impersonated Japanese narrator.   The film was produced by the War Finance Division, a division of the United States Office of War Information, which was responsible for promoting the sale of all securities offered to the public by the Treasury Department. The 1945 United States Government Manual outlines their...
Topics: World War II, WWII, Anti Japanese Propaganda Film, 1945, Japan, Stock Footage
The ‘US News Review’ films were produced by the Office of War Information (:10). This was a government organization created during WW2 that used media forms such as film, radio broadcasts, newspapers and others as a way to connect the battlefront to civilian communities. This is issue #3 and opens with the ‘Plywood Bomber’ also known as the de Havilland Mosquito (:24). It is seen being inspected by de Havilland officials (:29). The fuselage was constructed with two plywood skins and a...
Topics: WWII, World War II, News Review, Mosquito, Airplane, Stock Footage
Entitled SNAFU, this wonderful WWII training film is part of the "Fighting Men" series, designed to psychological prepare troops for the rigors of combat and Army life.  It features various scenarios about SNAFUs -- situation normal, all fouled up (or "f-d" up!)  As the narrator says "in war, the abnormal is normal.  You can't predict the turns of battle."  Rifles can jam, bridges will not be ready, food won't be delivered on time.  The point of the film is...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Training Film, SNAFU, African American In WWII
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These 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...   Combat America is a 1943 Allied propaganda film of World War II that came about through orders given to one of Hollywood's brightest stars: "1st Lieutenant Clark Gable...
Topics: Clark Gable, WWII, World War II, Combat America, 1943, Stock Footage
Made in 1944, "Curiosity Killed a Cat``is a training film with a difference.  It's a graphic explanation of what happens when soldiers discover unexploded shells and decide that duds would make terrific souvenirs. While the ensuing explosions aren`t exactly laugh-getters, the interaction between the scolding sergeant and his incredibly stupid subordinate, who delights like a child at each unexploded round, is practically a Three Stooges routine. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topics: Army, Unexploded ordnance, United States Army, World War, WW2, WWII, World War II
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One of the Treasury Department's most extraordinary War Bonds promotional films, "Who Died?" was produced by the Office of Strategic Services, and written by author Betty Smith who wrote "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."  The film features five dramatized sequences showing boys and young men in various roles in the home life. After each sequence the battlefield death of each -- now in uniform -- is shown answering the question, "who died?"   Born on December 15, 1896...
Topics: A tree Grows In Brooklyn, Betty Smith, WWII, War Bonds, World War II, Office Of Strategic Service,...
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reated in 1943, PANTELLERIA is a confidential Army Air Forces film featuring Gen. Jimmy Doolittle that details the raid in support of Operation Corkscrew. Corkscrew was the code name for the Allied invasion of the Italian island of Pantelleria (between Sicily and Tunisia) on 11 June 1943, prior to the Allied invasion of Sicily during the Second World War. The radar installations and airfield on the island were seen as a real threat to the planned invasion of Sicily. The Italian garrison on the...
Topics: Army Air Forces, Raid, WWII, World War II, Pantelleria, Stock Footage
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Ceci est la version française du film britannique de guerre " Femmes en temps de guerre " montrant des femmes Anglais siégeant en tant que pilotes , les travailleurs de la protection civile , des membres des services d'incendie et ambulanciers , et que les travailleurs des usines de munitions et des fermes . Comme le narrateur dit : . «Partout où les femmes d'aujourd'hui en uniforme sont engagés à faire des emplois pour soulager les hommes pour les postes de danger Dans le kaki...
Topics: War, Edward VII, Elizabeth II, Women In Wartime, British Propaganda Film, United Kindom, World War...
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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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Made in 1945 to promote the role of women in the war effort, "Mary Smith, American" features women working in an aircraft factory to assemble fighter, bomber and other aircraft in support of the war effort. Women are shown working as machinists, riveters, welders, and more — although most of the supervising personnel if not all, appear to be men.   The film compares Smith to a pioneer woman (at the 3:00 mark) and to Betsy Ross, for her heroic actions as a war worker.   The title...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Female Aviation Worker, Tribute, Rosie Riveter, Stock Footage
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Presented in Ukrainian, this Soviet-era documentary film shows battles on the Eastern Front in WWII.  It begins with combat in and near Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine in October of 1943.  This was part of the 1943 offensive and the second Battle of Smolensk (7 August–2 October 1943). Staged almost simultaneously with the Lower Dnieper Offensive (13 August–22 September), the offensive lasted two months and was led by General Andrei Yeremenko, commanding the Kalinin Front, and Vasily Sokolovsky,...
Topics: Russian World War II, World War II, WWII, Russia, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1945 as part of the Sixth War Loan, this short War Bond film presents a haunting portrait of the cost of war.   As the narrator notes, every two and a half minutes — approximately equal to the amount of time spent watching the film — another American soldier has fallen in combat.   It contains horrific images of wounded and deceased American soldiers, including a naked corpse at the :50 second mark.   These gruesome images are contrasted with the work on the assembly lines of...
Topics: American War Dead, Casualties, World War II, WWII, War Bond, Stock Footage
This 1945 Technicolor film begins with images of photographs being developed, and goes on to tell the story of the combat photographers. Here at mark 0:31 is the U.S Coast Guard photography laboratory. From every battle front in World War II, endless photographs and motion picture films reports history in the making for the American people. All tell the story of the greatest struggle of time, a story recorded by anonymous men. The stories of these men are the dramatic events they cover as seen...
Topics: World War II, WWII, US Navy, Combat Photography, Stock Footage
This black & white educational film was made during WWII by the office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs as part of the USA's "good neighbor" policy. Produced by Julien Bryan, it is a profile of the city of Lima, Peru, with narration providing historical background and visuals showing the modern city as it appeared in 1944. The film depicts the nation of Peru as one on the rise, with modern hospitals, transportation systems, and a public university open to all students,...
Topics: Lima, Capital Of Peru, Andes Mountains, South America, 1944, Travelogue, WWII, World War II, Stock...
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This black & white educational/promotional film is about post-WWII Paris, what it offers to you, and how it is coming back after the second World War. It was made in 1946 from A.F. Films. Opening titles: A. F. Films presents "Letter From Paris 1946" (:08-:36). Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, at night. Paris is the city of lights. Neon signs. Cars drive at night. People on bikes during the day. A woman drives a bicycle. A man hangs a bicycle. A woman walks, a horse walks, close on the...
Topics: Paris, France, 1946, Post WWII, World War II, Letter From Paris, Stock footage
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Created by Theodore Andrica and narrated by him, CHILDREN OF EUROPE is an emotional, and disturbing portrait of post-WWII Europe.   It shows the plight of the youngest survivors of the war, including the many orphans and Jewish concentration camp victims who outlasted the conflict and now face uncertain futures.   Andrica's film, which was funded by the Cleveland Press, represents a plea for support for organizations like the Red Cross which was actively working to return children to school...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Aftermath, 1947, Europe, Stock Footage
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Made by the War Department during World War II, this training film was intended to be shown to airmen in training. It shows the regiment used to train airmen and the type of instruction that's given over the course of the cadet program. The aircraft shown is the Vultee Valiant BT-13 or BT-15.   The Vultee BT-13 Valiant was an American World War II-era basic trainer aircraft built by Vultee Aircraft for the United States Army Air Corps, and later US Army Air Forces. A subsequent variant of the...
Topics: WWII, World War II, US Army, USAF, Training Film, BT-13
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Created in the immediate post-WWII period, this gorgeous color film shows the activities of U.S. Navy cadets at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  Some of the interesting segments in the film include an overview of the curriculum circa 1948, football games and sporting events, and a class visit with the fleet including the aircraft carrier USS Randolph. The United States Naval Academy (also known as USNA, Annapolis, or Navy) is a four-year coeducational federal service academy located...
Topics: U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, plebes, cadets, U.S. Navy, USS Randolph, WWII in color, stock footage
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Made in 1945, THE ALL STAR BOND RALLY was directed by Michael Audley and features Hollywood stars promoting the sales of War Bonds through songs and skits. The short subject film was produced by 20th Century Fox for the Department of the Treasury and presented by the Motion Picture Industry's War Activities Committee. The storyline follows radio's Fibber McGee and Molly as they attend the all-star bond rally of the title. The show is MC'd by veteran comedian Bob Hope, who of course tells some...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Bob Hope, Betty Grable, Harpo Marx, 1945, All Star Bond Rally
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Made during WWII by the British Ministry of Information, CAMERAMEN AT WAR was produced by the Realist Film Unit with support of various newsreel companies, the armed services film units and the Trustees of the Imperial War Museum. Compiled by Len Lye, This film tells the story of British newsreel and combat cameramen under battle conditions compiled by Len Lye. The film begins with rare footage from World War I of tanks in action, and includes a few scenes from the 1914-1918 war including famed...
Topics: Cameramen At War, WWII, British Ministry Of Information, 1918, 1940, 1914 Len Lye
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, the documentary journals the World War II through stock footage along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis. This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, Part 11, "Attack in the Central Pacific: Makin and Tarawa," looks at the Allied campaign in the Gilbert Islands in the...
Topics: 1951, Crusade In The Pacific, WWII, Tarawa, Stock Footage
This WWII film "Pacific Menace" was produced as part of the industrial incentive program by the War Department. Intended to be shown to workers at naval aircraft, munitions and supply factories and shipyards, it was "Dedicated to the Workers Who Supply the Navy’s Fighting Needs."  This black and white film recounts the US involvement in the war effort against Japan and specifically the Battle of Luzon in the Philippines, and then tells the story of how an American airbase...
Topics: Pacific Menace, WWII, US Naval Digest, 1945, Luzon, Philippines, China Front, Stock Footage
Produced in 1945, this newsreel shows the invasion of Okinawa by U.S. Marines and the desperate battle that followed.  The second half of the film documents the fate of the aircraft carrier USS Franklin, which was hit by a kamikaze fifty miles off the coast of Japan and severely damaged. 800 of its complement were killed. The epic battle to save the ship was one of the most courageous moments in the history of the U.S. Navy during WWII. The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg, was...
Topics: newsreel, WWII, Okinawa, Pacific, Japan, United States, U.S. Navy, Ryukus, USS Franklin, kamikaze
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RIG FOR ULTRA QUIET presents an overview of submarine warfare in WWII, and shows post-WWII submarine warfare activities. It especially focuses on early nuclear-capable guided missile submarine capabilities. The Soviet threat, then brought to the world's attention through the suppression of the Hungarian Revolution, is emphasized. Guppy type subs, including two Regulus guided missile boats USS Tunny and USS Barbero, along with nuclear submarines are shown undertaking a simulated Atlantic war...
Topics: US Navy, Seapower, Submarine, WWII, Stock Footage
Our America is a short 1940s propaganda film from the Dodge Division Chrysler Corporation, narrated by Vincent Pelletier and produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc., that looks at what makes America great. The film opens with shots of kids at a park playing baseball, riding a merry-go-round, and swinging. The film then takes viewers to the office of The Argus. Inside, the editor talks to the paper’s printer about what makes America great. The film shows a montage of shots of America’s...
Topics: 1940s, Dodge, Chrysler, patriotic, America, World War II, WWII, Stock Footage
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One in a series of films made by the U.S. Department of State for the Bicentennial in 1976, this film THE RELUCTANT WORLD POWER shows the history of U.S. foreign relations from 1914 when the nation was a neutral party, through the entry into the war, the armistice, and the role played by President Woodrow Wilson in the conflict and uncertain peace that followed. Includes the sinking of the RMS Lusitania and Wilson's work to found the League of Nations.   The film then continues through the...
Topics: History OF US, USA, World War I, WWI, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
A 1960 black and white episode (#484) of the TV series “The Big Picture.” This, the first of two installments on the North African campaign of World War II, utilizes newsreel footage to illustrate the Western Desert campaign and the Battle of El Alamein (TRT 28:38). Title card: “Oran July 1940” over battleships at sea (0:21). French sailors in navy caps run across a dock. Battleships fire. Explosions in the water. A cannonade. Montage of naval combat (0:27). Frenchmen working on the...
Topics: 1960, The Big Picture, Battle Of North Africa, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features eight segments of historic highlights. The Hope for Peace 1919-1945. 1919.  President Wilson is greeted by General Pershing in France for the Paris Peace Conference creating the League of Nations. Also present in the Hall of Mirrors is England’s Prime Minister George. The four leaders stand together: Wilson, George, Orlando...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Peace, WWI, WWII, League Of Nations, Fire, Manila, Stock Footage
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Released in November of 1942, PATTERN FOR VICTORY shows scenes of the first year after American entry into World War II. It was produced by Paramount News. The film begins with Pearl Harbor, and civilians hearing the news of the bombing of the fleet by Japanese aircraft. President Roosevelt is seen addressing Congress on December 8, 1941. Men register for service and women operate machinery in war plants. Scenes on the American home front include gas rationing. Prime Minister Winston Churchill...
Topics: 1942, WWII, World War II, Pattern, Victory, Pearl Harbor, Stock Footage
This silent 16mm home movie shows the annual Macy's Day Parade in New York City. It likely shows at least two different years. The first segment is in b&w and features a turkey balloon at :21, a Columbus or possibly Mayflower float at :26,  Indian teepee float at :38, Indian balloon at :48, Pluto balloon at 1:08, Porky Pig (?) at 1:28, and Mickey Mouse balloon at 1:38. At 2:10 a trolley car rumbles down 34th Street as a large mouse balloon (evil Mickey?) is seen. At 2:41 Santa rumbles by...
Topics: Pre WWII, WWII, Macys, Thanksgiving Parade, Home Movie, Stock Footage
Yesterday’s Newsreel Ships For Peace is a black and white film created in the late 1940’s and early 1950s. This film is one of the episodes of “Yesterday’s Newsreels”, a TV show made of television highlights from the General Newsreel collection. In these films, vintage clips can be found of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. Narration of this film is done by Tom Hale, Roger Owens, and Sally Anderson, each having done 139 episodes over their career. 1918:...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, WWII, World War II, German U Boats, Gemany, Stock Footage
Attack! The Battle of New Britain is a documentary/propaganda film produced by the U.S. War Department in 1944, depicting events in 1943.. It details, as its name implies, the New Britain campaign, which was part of the New Guinea and Solomon Islands Campaigns during World War II. The film follows a rather standard format: it is a chronological narrative of the campaign from the arrival of the soldiers in New Guinea to their capture of most of the island. Opening with travelers book pictures of...
Topics: Stock footage, periscope Film, World War II, New Britain Campaign, War Department, Douglas...
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Made to educate anti-aircraft gunnery crews, aircraft spotters and airplane pilots and crews, this WWII identification film shows the features of the P-61 airplane.   The Northrop P-61 Black Widow, named for the American spider, was the first operational U.S. military aircraft designed specifically for night interception of aircraft, and was the first aircraft specifically designed to use radar. It was an all-metal, twin-engine, twin-boom design developed during World War II. The first test...
Topics: Northrop P-61, Black Widow, Airplane, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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This fragmentary film about Midway Island and Wake Island dates to the pre-WWII era, when both   were being used as a stop-over by Pan Am Clipper seaplanes and as USA military installations. The film begins with images of the famous Midway Gooney (albatross) birds before showing some of the activities that awaited visitors to the island: swimming, boating, and fishing. At 3:12 a group of visitors takes the "shortest railway in the world"   -- a narrow gauge railroad on Wake Island...
Topics: Midway, Midway island, 1930, Travelogue. Pre WWII
This color film is raw footage shot during World War II by United States servicemen in the Pacific Theater. It includes kamikaze attacks. The film ends with raw footage of Washington D.C. tourist sites. This is circa the mid 1940s. Opening: clouds in the sky, tracer gunfire aimed at enemy planes in the sky (:07). Smoke plumes in the sky, artillery continues to fire into the sky (:29). Enemy plane is seen on fire after being struck with AA gunfire (:46). Aerial footage of combat mission, firing...
Topics: WWII, Pacific Theater, TBM, Avengers, Kamikaze Attacks, Washington DC, 1940s, Stock Footage,...
This reel of silent 16mm film consists of color and b&w American home movies shot in the mid-to-late 1940s and through the 1950s or early 1960s.  It also contains footage shot during or immediately after WWII by the same (unknown) cameraman. The film presents a several decade slice of American life, including life in suburbia. Some of the more interesting segments are from WWII era, including aerial footage and a flight with a 3-star General, and recreation at a guarded beach on a military...
Topics: WWII, Post War, Home Movies, Suburban Living, Picnic, African American Maid, Michigan Famil, Stock...
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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
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: air traffic control, WWII, pilot training, navigation, LINK trainer, civil aviation, Army Air Force
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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
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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
This 1943 U.S. Army Air Force film, Keep ‘Em Flying (T.F. 1-3314), is a short educational film to help new recruits find their place in the Army Air Force’s Technical Training Command. This WWII film details the activities of the men who support the U.S. Army Air Force, from crew chiefs to mechanics to armorers and munitions crew. The film opens with shot of planes flying in the air. An advanced air drone takes off (00:50). The film shows some of the various people who play a role in...
Topics: US Army, Air Force, WWII, World War II, 1943, USAF, TF
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Shot by an unknown member of the U.S. Army occupation forces in Japan in the mid-1940s, this silent home movie begins with scenes of the sunrise over Sagami Bay from Hayama. At :52 the garden of Mr. Okumura at Osaka is shown. At 5:40, a large temple complex is shown. At 8:00, seaweed gathering is seen near Yokosuka. At 8:30, the Tokyo PX (military exchange) and Ginza are shown. At 9:53 the headquarters for General MacArthur in Tokyo. At 11:00, bombed out areas of Tokyo are shown. The film ends...
Topics: Post WWII, Sagami, 1940, US Army, Japan, Home Movie, Tokyo, Stock Footage
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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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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...
Topics: Clark Gable, World War II, WWII, Raw Footage, Combat America, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent newsreel shows the Caucus front and in particular the ascent of Mt. Elbrus on the border of Southern Russia and Georgia. The film starts with a situational map before showing Axis allied troops in the forests with both horses and camels. At 1:30 mountain troops move up into the snow line. At 2:40 parts of a large artillery piece are assembled and the piece is then readied. At 3:00 mountain troops advance high up Elbrus. At 4:00 a...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Mt. Elbris, GErman Newsreel
This twelve-minute sales film was produced for Chevrolet in 1954 by the Jam Handy Organization to show the changes in car purchasing since WWII. It features William " Bill " Frawley from the I Love Lucy TV show. Your Chevrolet dealer presents, “Shopping Around”. The movie opens with words rolling up the screen: “Successful selling today is largely a matter of point of view. Salesmen can learn points of selling techniques and memorize ways to overcome objections. But without the...
Topics: 1954, Chevrolet, Automobile, Sales Film, Shopping, WWII, Auto Industry, Stock Footage
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Made in 1944, NEW BUILDERS is a Ministry of Information Film made by Paul Rotha Productions 1944, under the direction of Kay Mander, for the Building Apprenticeship and Training Council. The film was made during WWII to encourage schoolboys to take up apprenticeships in building trades including masonry, carpentry, electrician, machinist, and more. These "new builders" would be vital in the renovation of war-damaged housing and buildings. The film begins showing bomb damage to...
Topics: WWII, British Building, Trades, Schoolboy, Apprenticeship. Stock Footage
Created by Britain's Ministry of Information in 1942, this film describes the "new" incendiary bombs being used by the Luftwaffe -- one that contains an explosive device that will go off a few minutes after the bomb has landed.  (Presumably, this innovation was intended to kill civilian firefighters responding to the bombing.) The film also provides information about methods of defense regarding these bombs and how to put out the fires while protecting oneself against the possible...
Topics: Fire Bomb, WWII, Incendiary Bomb Battle of Britain, Air Raid Warden
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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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 1945 U.S. Navy training film, Quit Stalling—Or Spin In! (MN-4353a), teaches pilots the dangers of stalling, or spinning, and how to avoid crashing. A stall is what happens when an aero foil cannot make enough lift to keep the aircraft in level flight. The film features a Navy instructor who presents a series of case studies from the Navy’s office of Flight Safety Flight Statistics (00:52). The film begins with footage of a plane stalling and crashing into the ground (00:14); the...
Topics: 1945, Quit Stalling, Spin in, WWII, US Navy Pilot, Training Film, Stalls, Spins, Plane Crash, Stock...
 This 1938 film is entitled "Croisière D'escadre" / "Squadron Cruise". This is Part 2 of the film. Part One can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/NHb11WlDRkM 0:08 Hand, tracing the line from Casablanca to Agadir 0:23 Cruisers at anchorage by Agadir 0:35 The Port of Agadir and the fort. 0:42 An officer steps down and takes a light boat to the shore. Algéria heavy cruiser in the distance and, possibly, a French navy «  rapid supply ship  » «  ravitailleur rapide  »...
Topics: 1938 Pre WWII, French Navy, Documentary, Toulon Heavy Squadron Cruise, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This episode of the U.S. Army's "The Big Picture" TV show is entitled "Three Faces of Evil". It is one of a series of episodes in the "Army in Action" series which focused on WWII history. This episode specifically examines the aftermath of WWI and the lead-up to WWII, with the rise of the dictators Tojo in Japan, Mussolini in Italy and Adolf Hitler in Germany. Copyright 1964. Opening: Paintings of conquerors and defenders. Narrator explains how bow & arrow...
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Made during WWII by Castle Films and sold for home use through camera and department stores, and by mail order, "Salute to the Navy!" shows the Navy's various capabilities. The newsreel features amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands starting at (6:08).  Featured ships include: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco and USS Boise.  Also includes footage of fleet maneuvers of PT Boats, destroyers,...
Topics: Castle Films, US Navy, WWII, Moral Boosting, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Created in 1961 this historic documentary profiles Admiral Arleigh Albert '31-knot' Burke (October 19, 1901 – January 1, 1996) who distinguished himself during World War II and the Korean War, and who served as Chief of Naval Operations during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations.  Considered by many to be the father of the modern U.S. Navy, Burke was a sea warrior, strategist, and unparalleled service leader whose impact on the course of naval warfare is still felt today. This short...
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This rare WWII British film shows the operation of a Sea Fort, a fortified tower equipped with anti-aircraft guns and heavy artillery.  These so-called Palmerston Forts were built in the Solent, off Portsmouth. The name comes from their association with Lord Palmerston, who was Prime Minister at the time and promoted the idea.  (There were also Maunsell Forts which were built in the Thames and Mersey estuaries during the Second World War to help defend the United Kingdom. They were operated...
Topics: WWII, British Film, Sea Fort, Horse Sand Fort, Palmerston Fort, Stock Footage
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Made by RKO Pathe as part of the WWII industrial incentive effort, "Conquer by the Clock" presents a hectic montage of images of productivity, set to the click of time clocks, the hum of industrial machinery, and the clattering of guns.   In wartime America, three 8-hour shifts and 24 hours of work were necessary in munitions plants, shipyards, and other vital factories.   In 1943, the film was nominated for an Academy Award.   The film shows the activities in a munitions plant at...
Topics: Conquer By The Clock, WWII, Word War II, Industrial Incentive, Stock Footage
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...
Topics: World War II, WWII, German Concentration Camp, Holocaust, 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
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, "Rise of the Japanese Empire" examines Japanese military aggression and...
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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...
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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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Created by acclaimed filmmaker Jerry Fairbanks for the Boeing Co. in the immediate post-WWII era, "Tomorrow's Airplane Today" celebrates the Stratocruiser. (This version of the film comes from a film archive and is silent; in release of course the film had a soundtrack.  Our other version has the soundtrack, but this picture is gorgeous, we just had to show it off) The film features rare views of the Boeing plant in Seattle as it looked during WWII -- completely covered in camouflage...
Topics: Boeing, Boeing 377 Stratocrusier, Aircraft, Tomorrows Airplane, Post WWII Era, Stock Footage
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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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, 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
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
Produced in 1938 by United States Steel, "Steel: Man's Servant" presents a lavish Technicolor look at the steel industry prior to WWII.  Narrated by Edwin Hill and directed by Roland Reed, with amusical score by Robert Armbruster, the 37-minute film typically accompanied a dramatic feature film in release.  The film presents mining activities on the Mesabi Range, with an Oliver Iron Mining Co. steam shovel ripping iron ore from the ground at the film's start.  The film goes on to...
Topics: Steel, United States Steel, 1938, WWII, Pre WWII, Stock Footage
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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 late 1940s black and white documentary “Operation Mercy” is from the Christian Rural Overseas Program (C.R.O.P.) on relief to Europe and Asia. The program was a collaboration between Catholic and Protestant churches. It includes carillon music by Ira Schroeder. It opens with churches in rural settings (:50-1:00). Tree tops are missing in war-scarred fields. Grain falls off a hand-pulled cart. Refuges push wagons and baby strollers through the snow. An Asian girl carries a baby on her...
Topics: Christian Overseas, Program, Operation Mercy, Post WWII, Stock Footage