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This WWII War Bond film, titled simply "EVERY WAR BOND KILLS A JAP!", was made to encourage the purchase of bonds and stamps in support of the war effort.  The film contains startling images of Japanese war atrocities, including images of Chinese babies being thrown onto bayonets, the burying of human beings alive, the Nanking massacre, and wanton killing of civilians.  Justice for the soldiers of Japan is needed, and the film makes clear that the only way that these crimes will be...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Massacre, War Crime, China, World War II
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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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Topics: World War II, WWII, German Concentration Camp, Holocaust, Stock Footage
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Released in 1944 by Warner Brothers in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, "Task Force" is a Technicolor short film narrated by Jackson Beck.  The film focuses around Coast Guard "Task Force" duty.  Besides operational glimpses, the viewer is treated to a snapshot of the life of a Coast Guardsman on and off duty.  While the film contains much documentary-style footage, some sections of the film are re-enactments and the scenario presented (in which the USCG battles a...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, USCG, US Coast Guard, Task Force, Stock Footage
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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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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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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,...
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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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"Show Business at War" dates to 1943 and showcases the incredible efforts of the entertainers of the day, the film and entertainment industries, and their collective sacrifice to support our troops and the victory effort during World War II. The bright lights of Broadway in New York City and the offices of the weekly theatrical paper, Variety 1:00. Variety is an American media company owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly...
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Topics: Show Business, Show Business At War, 1943, World War II, Hollywood, Broadway, Stock Footage
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This classified WWII film, shot by the 12th Combat Camera Unit and released by the Office of Strategic Services, shows the activities of Axis Saboteurs operating in North Africa.  The film shows how in Tunisia, several Arab saboteurs were arrested, and forced to confess about their activities.  A "saboteurs box" is shown that includes TNT, rubber hoses to make an altitude bomb, and various detonators and other devices.  At 2:00, a saboteur demonstrates how to place an altitude bomb...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Sabotage, Office Of Strategic Service, Counter...
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This silent, German film shows fighting on the Western Front in World War 1 and contains material shot between 1916-1918. The film was released in the late 1930s as part of the remilitarization of Germany, in hopes of glorifying the nation's military legacy in the World War. Although they did not achieve a victory in the war, this film essentially shows a victory in battle, with German troops advancing across No Man's Land. Those who saw it may have been either encouraged or discouraged by the...
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Topics: Asbestos, World war II, Morotai, 1944, Siegfried Line, Boeing B-29, Le Harve, China Burma,...
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Sep 4, 2020 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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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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Apr 10, 2020 PeriscopeFilm
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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 silent German educational film shows the construction of a  Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann aircraft, one of the Luftwaffe's standard training airplanes throughout WWII.   The prototype Bü 181 (D-ERBV) made its maiden flight in February 1939 with Chief Pilot Arthur Benitz at the controls. After thorough works and official flight testing by the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM) the Bü 181 was nominated to be the standard primary trainer for the Luftwaffe. Series production of the Bü 181...
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Topics: Bucker Flugzeubagbau, BU 181 Bestmann, Bucker BU 131, Rangsdorf, World War II, trainer Aircraft,...
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Mar 18, 2017 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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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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This silent WWII newsreel, made by Official Films for the home market, shows the end of the conflict in Europe.  Times Square in New York is the scene of raucous celebrations on May 8, 1945 (30 seconds).  At the 1 minute mark, the U.S. Army meets the Russian Army at the Elbe River.  At Caserta, German troops are surrendered en masse and the Nazi representatives sign surrender documents (1:30).  At Nuremberg, home of the famed Nazi rallies, an iconic Swastika emblem is covered by the...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, German Instrument Of Surrender, Newsreel, World War II, News Film,...
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This WWII training film familiarizes radio operators with Vacuum Tubes.  As the film explains, these are the devices used in radios that control electric current between electrodes in an evacuated container. Vacuum tubes mostly rely on thermionic emission of electrons from a hot filament or a cathode heated by the filament.  The grid and filament forming the tube are explained, as are some basic circuits, and a couple of electronics packages are shown.    In electronics, vacuum tube,...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Radio, Vacuum Tubes, Amateur Radio, Triode, Diode, Electronics,...
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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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Topics: Artillery, Artillery Baterry, World war II, Wehrmacht, germany
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Made in 1943 as part of the "Fighting Men" series, CRACK THAT TANK explains the tactics an infantryman can use to disable or destroy an enemy tank.  Vulnerabilities of the tank include its track, which can be destroyed with a grenade, mine or a shell.  A disabled tank is a sitting duck.  A "closed" or buttoned-up tank is vulnerable because its crew cannot see the battlefield well, just through slits and periscopes.  Taking out vision slits and periscopes can make a tank...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Anti-Tank Warfare, Tank, World War II, Tiger Tank, Wehrmacht,...
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WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT.  This film contains images of war atrocities and may not be suitable for viewers of all ages. This 1944 film, RETURN TO GUAM,  was produced by the U.S. Navy about the taking and recapture of the island of Guam.  The film also shows the history of U.S. involvement in Guam, including the participation of native Chamorros in the Navy and in defense of the island.  Aside from showing the invasion and recapture of Guam, the film shows the horrific massacre of the...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Guam, Japanese War Crimes, United States Navy, World War II, Mariana...
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Apr 3, 2011 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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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
Hosted by Lorne Greene, THE BIG PICTURE was the U.S. Army's TV show.  This episode , "Tigers on the Loose" shows the 10th Armored Division in World War II with a focus on the Battle of the Bulge and action at Metz and Bastogne, and the subsequent push towards the Brenner Pass.  It features the words of the men who were there including commanders. The 10th Armored Division (nicknamed "Tiger Division") was an armored division of the United States Army in World War II. In the...
Topics: Battle Of The Bulge, Periscope Film, Stock Footage, The Big Picture, World War II, Adolf Hitler,...
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
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...
PREFLIGHT RADIO INSPECTION FOR FIGHTER AIRCRAFT is a WWII film made for newbie Army Air Force Radio Mechanics.  The film shows a P-47 Thunderbolt's SCR274 radio being checked out on the ground, part of the routine pre-flight for any fighter aircraft.  What's really interesting about it, is that the film really goes into great detail on the inspection including showing the various forms that would be filled in during a check, and the entire process by which planes were approved for flight by...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Fighter Aircraft, World War Ii, Aircraft, Radio, Republic P-47...
One of the War Department's Army / Navy Screen Magazine newsreels, this film was shown to U.S. servicemen and war workers.  Segments include STRICTLY FOR ESKIMOS which shows G.I.s in Iceland adjusting to life in the harsh arctic climate.  The light hearted BLESSED EVENT tells how the U.S. Government arranges medical services for the pregnant wives of servicemen.  These maternity services were provided by Uncle Sam for enlisted men at no cost. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topics: Iceland, World War II, U.S. Navy, Pregnancy, Maternity Services, Newsreel, United States Army
Yesterday’s Newsreel Ships For Peace is a black and white film created in the late 1940’s and early 1950s. This film is one of the episodes of “Yesterday’s Newsreels”, a TV show made of television highlights from the General Newsreel collection. In these films, vintage clips can be found of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. Narration of this film is done by Tom Hale, Roger Owens, and Sally Anderson, each having done 139 episodes over their career. 1918:...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, WWII, World War II, German U Boats, Gemany, Stock Footage
This WWII newsreel contains two segments.  The first, "France Flies Again" shows the hand-off of P-40 Warhawk aircraft to the Free French Air Force (French: Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres, FAFL), the air arm of the Free French Forces during the Second World War.  The second segment shows the war in the Aleutians, including the assault on Attu and Kiska.  This material was shot by Hollywood director John Ford and incorporated into the longer length film "Report from the...
Topics: Air Force, French Air Force, Free French Air Force, Battle Of Attu, Aleutian Islands Campaign,...
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This 1946 color travelogue of Washington, D.C. was (judging from the lack of traffic) shot during WWII and released in 1946 by the Byron organization.  Created by the Greater National Capital Committee of the Washington Board of Trade, INVITATION TO THE NATION shows the many tourist sights of the District of Columbia and its environs, including Mount Vernon.  Some of the iconic places in the film include the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, Tomb of the Unknown...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Washington, Trolley Cars, Washington D.C.
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This Castle Films newsreel vividly shows the last major eruption of Mount Vesuvius in March 1944, right in the middle of the Allied invasion of Italy. The eruption destroyed the villages of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio, Massa di Somma, Ottaviano, and part of San Giorgio a Cremano.  From March 18 to 23, 1944, lava flows appeared within the rim. There were outflows. Small explosions then occurred until the major explosion took place on March 18, 1944. At the time of the eruption, the United States...
Topics: Mount Vesuvuis, Campanian, Volcanic Arc, Pompeii, Eruption Of Mount Vesuvius, Italy, Kingdom Of...
This WWII newsreel dates to 1944 and includes various segments, including coverage (around 15 minute mark) of Operation Market Garden.   The film begins in the Pacific with footage of vehicles being waterproofed with asbestos grease, and then shows the invasion underway.  General Douglas MacArthur makes an appearance, inspecting the newly-conquered island.  In another segment, B-29s are shown in operation in India against Japanese positions in Sumatra, Japan and China as part of the 20th...
Topics: Asbestos, World War II, Morotai, Boeing-29 Superfortress, China Burma India Theater, Le Havre,...
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Created in the early stage of WWII, this propaganda and recruiting film was intended to educate ordinary Americans about some of their responsibilities at the "home front".  This might include serving as Air Raid Wardens, Civil Defense Workers, or in services such as the Driver's Corps (whose members were trained in first aid and auto repair) or as messengers.  The film includes a brief excerpt from a speech by President Roosevelt, and uses the British auxiliary services as an...
Topics: World War II, Civil Defense, Air Raid Wardens, Recruiting Film, Periscope Film, Stock Footage
This interesting WWII silent German film shows various techniques to keep up good humor, and keep warm, in an air raid shelter.  We don't have a good translation of the various title cards so if someone would be so kind as to provide them, we'd be grateful. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD and 2k....
Topics: Civil Defense, Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Air-raid Shelter, World War II, Film, Germany, Air...
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This rare silent film shows a trip down the Rhine River in Germany made in the 1930s by freighters and passenger ships, including a sidewheel vessel. Some terrific scenery is shown in the course of the film including castles, mountains and cities.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD and 2k. For more...
Topics: Rhine, Events Preceding World War II Europe
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Produced by the March of Time for the Red Cross and distributed by the War Activities Committee, "At His Side" dates to 1944.  It shows the Red Cross at the side of the American G.I.s and the world of the organization in contributing to the morale of servicemen.  Wounded and maimed American soldiers are shown throughout the film, as are cute Red Cross girls doling out writing paper, books and magazines and food, as well as smiles.  African American soldiers are shown at the 3:23...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Wounded, International red Cross, Film
This instructional film made by the Royal Air Force describes the Mark XII aircraft launched torpedo, used by Fleet Air Arm and RAF Coastal Command.  There have been a number of 18 inch torpedoes in service with the United Kingdom.  These have been used on ships of the Royal Navy and aircraft of both the Fleet Air Arm and Royal Air Force, while Royal Navy surface ships and submarines use 21 inch torpedoes.  The 18 inch MK XII torpedo was used by the Swordfish in sinking the German battleship...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Torpedo, Film, German Battleship Bismarck, Fairey Swordfish,...
Made by the British Ministry of Information in 1944, this film shows  Operation Pluto — meaning Pipe-Lines Under The Ocean.  This scheme was a daring operation by British engineers, oil companies and armed forces to construct undersea oil pipelines under the English Channel between England and France in support of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. The scheme was developed by Arthur Hartley, chief engineer with the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. Allied forces on...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Operation Pluto, Petroleum, Normandy Landings, D-Day,...
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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
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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
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
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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 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 silent film footage comes from a U.S. Navy fighter aircraft in the Pacific Theater in WWII.  It was shot by a 16mm "gun camera" linked to the aircraft's guns, to record the pilot's attacks.  It would have been reviewed by intelligence and the pilot's commander, to both verify hits on enemy targets and assess gunnery skills.   Visible in the footage at the 12 second mark, is a beach with Japanese emplacements.  White dots seen below are likely flak tracer being shot at the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Footage, United States Navy, Strafing, World War II, War, Gun Camera
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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
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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
This 1945 Technicolor film begins with images of photographs being developed, and goes on to tell the story of the combat photographers. Here at mark 0:31 is the U.S Coast Guard photography laboratory. From every battle front in World War II, endless photographs and motion picture films reports history in the making for the American people. All tell the story of the greatest struggle of time, a story recorded by anonymous men. The stories of these men are the dramatic events they cover as seen...
Topics: World War II, WWII, US Navy, Combat Photography, Stock Footage
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This fascinating WWII film shows the campaign in the Marshall Islands in 1943-1944, with the strategic importance of the islands described — hitting the Japanese flank near the naval base at Truk and securing a line of assault in the south Pacific.  The film shows American aircraft destroying Japanese shipping and cutting off Japanese bases from vital supplies, all the while diminishing Japanese air power.  Japanese bases on the Marshalls were assaulted for 75 days by aircraft, from air...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Army, German Village, World War II, Arto Monaco, War
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Made 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
This rare German educational film from the WWII era shows civil defense training activities of the Hitler Youth (German:  Hitlerjugend ), the youth organization of the Nazi Party in Germany. Its origins dated back to 1922.  It includes paramilitary training on the use of gas masks, rendering first aid, fire fighting and so on.  From 1933 until 1945, it was the sole official youth organization in Germany and was partially a paramilitary organization; it was constituted of the Hitlerjugend...
Topics: Hitler Youth, Sulfer Mustard, Gas Mask, World War II, Adolf hitler
This WWII newsreel features several wonderful segments.  First, actress Veronica Lake is shown getting her famous hairstyle reconfigured in such a way that it would be safe, should she take on the kind of job that many "Rosie the Riveter" female workers took during the war.  Safety caps are seen used by women war workers at the 1:53 mark.  Industrial fashions are the "new" fashion.  At the 2:25 mark an animated sequence, clearly also aimed at war workers, shows how...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Veronica Lake, Footage, Rosie The Riveter, World War II
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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
This WWII newsreel "Bombs Over Italy" shows American bombers  attacking Genoa and Foggia, Italy in the run-up to the invasion of continental Europe.  General Jimmy Doolittle is seen with American air forces planning operations over Rome.  Military objectives in the Italian capitol are smashed including the San Lorenzo rail yards.  The invasion of Sicily by British and American forces is also shown.  Italian forces begin to surrender, foreshadowing the collapse of the Italian...
Topics: Geneva, Genoa, Foggia Gino Lisa Airport, Castle Films, Allies Of World War II, World War II, Allied...
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "At Japan's Doorstep: Okinawa" looks at the battle of Okinawa. American...
Topics: Battle Of Okinawa, War Film, Japan, World War II, Kamikaze, War, Marine Corps
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 version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs were created with...
Topics: Nazi Germany, World War II, Adolf Hitler, Documentary
This short silent educational film shows activities of the  Reichsarbeitsdienst (translated to 'Reich Labour Service', abbreviated RAD), a major organisation established by Nazi Germany as an agency to help mitigate the effects of unemployment on German economy, militarize the workforce and indoctrinate it with Nazi ideology. It was the official state labor service, divided into separate sections for men and women.  In some ways it could be compared to FDR's New Deal organizations such as the...
Topics: Reichsarbeitsdienst, Labor Service, World War II, Germany, Deutsch
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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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
One of the U.S. Army's "Big Picture" TV episodes, in the WWII "Army in Action" series, "The Slumbering Giant Awakens" depicts the battle of supply and logistics won by the United States Army in 1943.  Also depicted in this film are the tactical operations in 1943 in North Africa, where the Germans are defeated in Tunisia.  There is also coverage of the Pacific, the Aleutians including the invasion of Attu, Australian troops fighting in New Guinea and the assault...
Topics: The Big Picture, World War II United States army, Attu Island, Aleutian Island, Afrika Korps,...
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 26 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  In this episode "The Road Back: New Guinea" Crusade in the Pacific examines the difficult New Guinea campaign. The...
Topics: World War II, New Guinea, Pacific Campaign, Crusade In The Pacific, 1942, Douglas, Pacific Ocean,...
Designed to promote racial harmony and understanding in wartime, TWENTY SEVEN SOLDIERS shows the cooperation between twenty seven different nations and ethnicities to defeat the Axis in Italy.  Road signs are shown in some of the 12 languages used by Allied armies at the front, and many wonderful shots of American, British, Indian, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, Free French, Free Yugoslavs, Free Dutch, Free Polish, and other armies.  Soldiers from many different nations are seen with...
Topics: Perisocpe Film, Stock Footage, Propaganda Film, World War II, Film, Allied Army
This Film Communique Eleventh Issue, Official War Film 35, was Issued by the War Department and Produced by the Army Pictorial Service with Cooperation of Combat Film Units from Signal Corps, Army Air Forces, Navy and Marines in 1944.  This Film Communique consists of various segments: HAS ANYBODY HERE SEEN KELLY?   00:44 A young American soldier (Tech Sergeant Chuck Kelly),  of Irish descent returns home after receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor for Bravery from Mark Clark in Africa,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Medal Of Honor, Task Force, Task Force 58, World War II, WWII,...
Created at the outset of America's entry into WWII, this Castle Film newsreel shows America as the "Arsenal of Democracy" producing men and materials for the war effort.   Basic training and testing of military equipment is shown, along with the construction of jeeps, tanks, ships, guns, planes, PT boats and other war material.   Some of the spectacular footage included shows tanks driving through buildings and over obstacles, soldiers fording rivers, exercises using horses,...
Topics: World War II, Early WWII, WWII, Call To Arms, Castle Films, Stock Footage
This silent, commercially produced "Travelette" movie shows the 1946 Rose Parade, the first parade since 1941, and the first post-WWII parade. It had a fitting theme -- Victory, Unity and Peace. The Grand Marshall this year was Admiral Frederick Halsey (1:00) who led the U.S. Navy to victory in the Pacific in WWII. Highlight floats are Mexico (1:20), City of Los Angeles (1:46), San Francisco (2:21), L.A. Times (2:40), the American Legion float featuring the Iwo Jima Flag Raising...
Topics: WWII, World War II, 1946, Rose Parade, 57th Tournament Of Roses, Pasadena, Stock Footage
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Made late during WWII, LIFELINE TO CHINA traces the journey of American war materiel — in this case a barrel of petroleum from Texas — to the front in China. The journey takes place across the Atlantic ocean aboard ship, all the way to Burma where it is transported by porters onto trains, and then through various methods to get to Kunming. The airport at Bhamo is shown, along with the HQ of the Tenth Air Force operating into China. B-29 bombers are shown operating in the China-Burma-India...
Topics: Lifeline, China World, World War II, WWII, Stilwell, Petroleum, Stock Footage
Produced in 1945, "Hannibal Victory" documents the activities of the World War II Victory Ship S.S. Hannibal Victory, named after Mark Twain’s Mississippi River hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. Departing from San Francisco, the ship carries a cargo of eight steam locomotive engines and cars across the Pacific to the Philippines. The crew’s daily routines are portrayed along with occasional threats by Japanese vessels.  During World War II, 534 "Victory ships" were...
Topics: World War II, Periscope Film, Victory Ship, World War, Hannibal, Film
This black & white wartime documentary is about the procedures, and the closely co-ordinated efforts made by the Royal Navy and Air Force, to locate and rescue downed pilots and aircrew. The rescue aircraft shown is a Westland Lysander, an airplane that was more or less obsolete by 1940 but well suited the role of spotter.  After the fall of France, UK-based Lysanders went to work operating air-sea rescue, dropping dinghies to downed RAF aircrew in the English Channel. Fourteen squadrons...
Topics: Pilot, WWII, World War II, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, 1940s, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Chapter 18 of THE AIR FORCE STORY, entitled PRELUDE TO INVASION begins in January 1944.  At the 1:20 mark, German factories are shown buzzing with production -- the Luftwaffe was building twice as many planes as in the previous year.  These factories were given top priority by Allied planners.  New German aircraft are seen emerging from factories, while German factories in Essen and elsewhere fuel the German war machine.  The Allied response, once the winter had broken, came in February....
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, The Air Force Story, German Aircraft Production, World War II...
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This silent German newsreel shows the launching of the Prinz Eugen, an enlarged Admiral Hipper-class heavy cruiser which served with the Kriegsmarine of Germany during World War II. The entire launch process is seen, with groups of workers moving the blocks holding the hull in position on the ways.  Adolph Hitler and ministers attend the christening ceremony and can be seen at the 10 minute mark.  Most of the superstructure and weaponry for the ship will be installed after launch. The vessel...
Topics: Adolf Hitler, Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Kriegsmarine, Prinz Eugen, German Cruiser, Krupp,...
This World War II film dates from 1942 and shows how colleges across America were preparing students in support of the World War II effort.  It shows a bygone era where being patriotic was something important.  It includes footage of the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Dartmouth College, Cornell, UC Berkeley, and Purdue University.  Includes many different shots of ROTC units and auxiliary formations, and shots of African American and female students taking on new roles for the war...
Topics: Campus On The march, World War II, Purdue University, Texas A&M University, Cornell University,...
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This silent home movie was shot in December 1945.  World War II had just ended and the Tournament of Roses celebrated in grand style. Many Victory floats are seen in the parade, and WWII themes including an Iwo Jima float seen at the 9:18 mark. The 1946 Rose Bowl, played on January 1, 1946 is seen briefly at the 11:30 mark.  This was the 32nd Rose Bowl Game, between the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama and the Trojans of the University of Southern California. The Tide defeated the...
Topics: 1946, Rose Parade, California, WWII, World War II, Victory Celebration, Stock Footage
During WWII, American engineers created a variety of training simulators for pilots and gun crews. This included Fred Waller, whose Waller Gunnery Trainer used multiple film projectors to train aerial gun crews.  Before the war, Waller was in charge of special effects for Paramount Pictures and head of their short-subjects division.  After the war Waller invented the multi-projector Cinerama film and theater format. This film is likely a 16mm version of a Waller training film -- which were...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Simulator, Army Air Forces, Tail Gunner, Stock Footage
This incredible WWII color film was shot in Tunisia by U.S. Army cameramen, and made with the input of Hollywood legends Darryl Zanuck and John Ford.  It follows fresh American troops led by Lt. Gen Mark Clark and Lt. Gen Kenneth Anderson as they join the fight against the Afrika Korps. After arriving at the city of Bone, troops travel overland to the Tunisian Front. Advances are made into the Atlas mountains and enemy forces engaged.  Nazi aircraft raid Bone and a hospital train near...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Operation Torch, North Africa, Mark W. Clark, United States Army,...
This WWII film shows an air attack on Naples, a vital Italian city that supports Axis naval and air forces in both Italy and the Balkans.  After a briefing -- in which the target charts have been censored to the public with black-out -- B-24 aircraft of the 15th Air Force are loaded and take off towards Naples.  After action de-briefing accounts for damage to Italian ships including a cruiser, and many other warships in the harbor of Naples.  This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Naples, World War II, Fifteen Air Force, Italian Navy, Consolidated...
Made in 1941, this pre-WWII training film shows the use of the service gas mask in the field, including how to fit it snugly and check for leaks, as well as the handing of the shoulder bag in which it is carried.  It appears the gas mask being demonstrated is the M2A1 Service Gas Mask.  This was standardized in 1941, based on a successful training mask. The main innovation was the use of improved rubber instead of stockinet cloth on the faceplate. In 1939, the Army developed the lightweight...
Topics: Gas Mask, World War II, United States Army, Training Film, War, M2 Gas Mask, M2A1 Gas Mask
This episode of "The Big Picture", part of the "Army in Action" WWII history series, is entitled "The Victory".  It highlights the events leading up to the surrender of Germany in 1945, including the death of Mussolini and the suicide of Adolf Hitler, the liberation of the Philippines by U.S. forces under MacArthur, the victory at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and the surrender of Japan in September of 1945.  It also includes coverage of V-E and V-J Day and the...
Topics: World War II, Adolf Hitler, Aachen, Philippines, Leyte. Battle of Leyte Gulf, Army, Surrender Of...
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This WWII film, which has sound by the way only it's incredibly low, shows the U.S. Navy's experimental WWII weapon the TDN-1 drone.  Built by the Naval Aircraft Factory, the TDN was an early unmanned combat aerial vehicle - referred to at the time as an "assault drone" - developed by the United States Navy's Naval Aircraft Factory during the Second World War. Developed and tested during 1942 and 1943, the design featured a television camera in the nose and could be flown by remote...
Topics: US Navy, TDN-1, Radio Controlled, World War II, WWII, Drones, Torpedos, Stock Footage
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Created by the Army Pictorial Service, this WWII newsreel shows the fight against German V-1 flying bombs in 1943-44.   Extensive Allied bombings destroyed many of the sites in Occupied France.   Some of these destroyed sites are seen, revealing catapults for launching and camouflage bunkers, as well as steel rail systems used to transport V-1s. Bombs were calibrated to attack London and abandoned war heads and missile launchers are shown scattered about the countryside.   At the 2:46 mark,...
Topics: WWII, World War II, 1945, Flying Bomb, launch Sites, Rocket, 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 shows them building a German Uboat and its launch into the water. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!   See something interesting?   Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President...
Topics: WWII, U Boat, German Newsreel, World War II, German U Boat, Stock Footage
This 1944 U.S. War Department training film (T.F. 8-1288) briefly discusses the devastation that can be caused by louse-borne diseases and shows how lice get into clothes and skin and the various ways soldiers can treat any lice infestations while at a base or in the field. The film opens with soldiers walking in a European city during World War II; other shots show troops moving through the rubble of a war-torn city. Viewers see a microscopic view of a louse (01:01). A nurse tends to a sick...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Personal Hygiene, Signal Corps, Stock Footage
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This historic film about Operation Fougasse shows one of England's most secret WWII anti-invasion weapons -- a flame fougasse that used an explosive charge to create a gigantic wall of flame along the British coast.  The flame fougasse was developed by the Petroleum Warfare Department in Britain as an anti-tank weapon during the invasion crisis of 1940. During that period, about 50,000 flame fougasse barrels were deployed in some 7,000 batteries, mostly in southern England and a little later...
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This one-of-a-kind film shows the flight test of a Remington Rand television camera aboard a small aircraft.  The exact story behind this film is not yet known, but during WWII television was used in a series of weapons including the TDR-1 Torpedo Drone and Operation Anvil and Operation Aphrodite -- which used TV to convert bomber aircraft into radio controlled flying bombs.  That may or may not have been the point of this particular test.   Another concept (for instance) was to use...
Topics: Television, World War II, Operation Aphrodite, TDR-1 Drone, Remington Rand, Operation Anvil
This black & white educational/propaganda film is about the battle of Saipan during World War 2 in the Pacific between the USA and Japanese forces. The copyright is 1945.   Opening titles: U.S. Navy Training Film nonclassified, PACIFIC FIREPOWER (:07-:36). The Marianas Islands. Tanks ride in Saipan. Saipan is the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands. Cities on the island are shown on a map. Aslito Airfield, renamed Isley Field in name of an American flyer - P-47 planes land on the...
Topics: WWII, World War II, 1945, Saipan, Pacific Firepower, Stock Footage
Made during WWII, this incredible U.S. Treasury Department movie showcases the Nazi's passion for banning books, art and music that displeased them.  The film is what is known as an "Auroratone".  here is some information about these films, taken from the Northwest Film Forum which compiled them for an event in 2010.  Auroratone movies were created in the early 1940s by British inventor and mystic Cecil Stokes (1910-1956), who intended for them to be used as a therapeutic aid in...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, War, FIlm, Interview, World War II, WWII, Ludwig Van Beethoven,...
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This WWII film, "Target: Japan", shows the rebuilding of the fleet after Pearl Harbor, and outlines some of the strategic operations in 1943-1944.  It features Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King outlining the strategic situation as it existed in 1944. The film shows U.S. troops landing on Enewetak and Kwajalein. Task Force 58 moves into the Marianas and Saipan is invaded. Troops advance on Guam.  The film features footage of submarines operating in the Northern Pacific at the 4:00 mark,...
Topics: US Navy, WWII, Target japan, Japan, World War II, Stock Footage
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This extremely rare silent film shows prototype tires created by the Martin Tire Company for use in combat on Jeeps and trucks.  The "elastic spoke" tires used no air, instead carrying all the vehicle's load in tension.  Tests appeared to indicate that the tires functioned well in various conditions and provided improved braking characteristics and shock absorption for the driver.   Information about this tire is rare but the patent for the tires, US 2331212 A, indicates that they...
Topics: Jeep, World War II, Tires, Willy's Jeep, Experimental, Automobile, Military, U.S. Army, Michelin,...
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Dating to August of 1945, this Army Air Forces newsreel is one of the very last in a series made during WWII. The film begins at :30 with footage of some of the first helicopters to ever enter a combat zone. These are R-4 choppers which were sent to China via C-47 Skytrain and assembled in the field. The Sikorsky R-4 was a two-seat helicopter designed by Igor Sikorsky with a single, three-bladed main rotor and powered by a radial engine. The R-4 was the world's first large-scale mass-produced...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Japanese Fire Balloons, Helicopter, China, Atomic Bomb, Stock Footage
This silent footage from WWII was shot by U.S. Navy combat cameramen for use in a wartime production entitled "Sunset in the Pacific" (see film 81884). This film was intended to promote the work of the combat cameramen and photographers in the Pacific. The film begins with footage aboard ship. At :00, a sailor uses an early radar system to detect incoming enemy aircraft. At :18,  anti-aircraft gunners engage targets. At :30 a Japanese plane falls into the sea. At :37, an escort...
Topics: US Navy, Combat Camera, Photographers, Pacific Theater, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
This film takes a look at the 2nd Battle of Guam in July through August of 1944. It involved U.S.forces moving to recapture Guam which had been captured by Japan in 1941. Guam was under 1,600 miles from Tokyo and Manila (:32), another reason the U.S. wanted to recapture it. Japan used the island to guard their vital sea lanes. After the fall of Saipan, Guam was pointed to as the next target (:43). US convoys make their way towards Guam (:52). Pre-invasion bombardments carried on hitting shore...
Topics: 1944, War Department, WWII, World War II, Guam, Stock Footage
This film shows the A-36 (a P-51 Mustang variant) being used as a ground support and strike aircraft on the Italian front in WWII. The North American A-36 Apache (listed in some sources as "Invader", but also called Mustang) was the ground-attack/dive bomber version of the North American Aviation P-51 Mustang, from which it could be distinguished by the presence of rectangular, slatted dive brakes above and below the wings. A total of 500 A-36 dive bombers served in North Africa, the...
Topics: North American A-36, North American P-51, Ground Attack Aircraft, World War II, WWII, P-51 Mustang,...
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This film BOUGAINVILLE A STEP TO VICTORY presents the Bougainville Campaign starting in mid-1943, as Allied planes began bombing the Solomons. At 1:10, troops are seen loading up at Guadalcanal, to head towards Bougainville. The beach assault is seen at 2:15, with the landing on November 3, 1943. The battle that follows is a heated one, with troops backed by tanks and flamethrowers advancing into the jungle and taking heavy casualties. Maps are read in the field at 5:30, with plans to assault...
Topics: World War II, WWII, Bougainville, Campaign, Operation Cartwheel, Newsreel, Stock Footage
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Made in 1940, NOW YOU'RE TALKING was one of a trio of fast-paced shorts released in 1940  intended to illustrate the potentially catastrophic consequences of unguarded chatter in public places during wartime. The plot of the film is this: When a fallen Nazi aeroplane is recovered, British scientists have high hopes of learning valuable secrets. But a disgruntled factory worker inadvertently alerts enemy agents to the discovery, with disastrous consequences. From the BFI: As part of a wider...
Topics: World War II, WWII, British Propaganda, 1940s, Stock Footage
Directed by Albert Mahuzier and filmed by Gaston Madru, "Reseau X"   is a documentary that shows the French "secret service" trying to rescue Allied pilots who were shot down over Occupied France.   The film also shows the French underground and its support of the liberation of France. The airmen shown in the film are U.S. Army Air Force 2nd Lt. Alfred Richter, Sgt. Robert Peterson, and First Officer James Stewart of the RAF. The film was primarily shot on 12 June, 1944,...
Topics: 1944, French Resistance, Espionage, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
Produced in 1938 by the United Council for Civilian Relief in China, an organization led by Theodore Roosevelt Jr., this film vividly shows the nation of China under assault by the Japanese Imperial Army and documents the brutality of the invaders.  The UCCR was created before U.S. involvement in WWII when the nation was technically a neutral power.  Some Americans however felt it was important to speak out against Japanese aggression and the war crimes that were being committed.  The film...
Topics: China, American Propaganda During World War II, Chiang Kai-shek, Propaganda Film, Rape of Nanking,...
Churchill's Island is a 1941 propaganda film chronicling the defense of Great Britain during the early part of the Second World War. The film was directed by Stuart Legg and produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) for the Director of Information, Government of Canada. The film describes the military and civilian elements that were involved in the Battle of Britain. The Royal Air Force in an epic battle with the Luftwaffe, was able to wrest control of the skies, while the Royal Navy...
Topics: Churchills Island, WWII, World War II, England, Braitain, Stock Footage
This WWII Ministry of Information film shows the Ack Ack gun crew using their mobile gun.  The narrator speaks about the diverse backgrounds of the recruits, and discusses how the gun (most likely a 40mm Bofors cannon) can fire a shell up to 30,000 feet.  A height finder and a predictor are used to come up with a firing solution to hit incoming aircraft.  The commentator also notes that enemy planes often fly a zig-zag or other evasive course to avoid being hit, but this can also have a...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Anti Aircraft Warfare, Ack Ack, The Blitz, Bofos, War,...
This Film Communique Fifth Issue consists of several segments.  The first, P-47s Come to Town, shows the arrival of American P-47 Thunderbolts in the European Theater, their assembly and combat role.  The second, titled Two Million Dollar Hill, showing combat in Italy, with mules and men being used to deliver supplies to front line troops fighting German troops.  The omnipresent mud makes it slow going.  An animated short "A Few Quick Facts" shows the work of the Air Transport...
Topics: U.S. Marine Corps, Battle Of Tarawa World War II, Pacific Campaign
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This WWII movie shows the U.S. Navy's WAVES,  the acronym for the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, the World War II women's branch of the United States Naval Reserve.  The film shows WAVE training in San Diego, California.  The film shows WAVES employed as stenographers, postal clerks, telephone operators, air traffic control, pharmacists mates, dental hygienists, aerographers, store keepers, and more.   At the 5:30 mark, women are shown operating LINK trainers and repairing...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Naval Reserve, World War II Air Traffic Control, Women's Softball,...