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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
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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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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
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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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This film is about American tank production and shows work at the Detroit Tank Arsenal in the 1941-1942 era. A shorter version of this film was released narrated by Orsen Welles.The film details the manufacture and use of M-3 medium tanks. Tanks are assembled and treads, motors, guns, and turrets are put in place at a factory. Shows stock of many parts required. At the end of the film, tanks stage an attack at Fort Knox, Kentucky.   Detroit Arsenal (DTA), formerly Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant...
Topics: Building A Tank, WWII, M-3 Medium, Tank, Detroit, Fort Knox, Stock Footage
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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...
Topics: The Big Picture, US Army TV Show, US Army, 1930s, WWII, Army In Action, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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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,...
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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 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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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
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This silent film was released by Castle Films in 1940 for the home market. It shows the outbreak of "War in Europe" with the German invasion of Poland, which triggered a declaration of war by France and Great Britain.  The film begins with Hitler demanding the city-state of Danzig (:12).  Oppressed minorities flee Germany as refugees (:30).  Polish Army mobilizes (:48).  Poland closes German border (1:00).  Great Britain and France pledge to assist Poland and summon reserves...
Topics: War, Europe, 1939, Castle FIlm, WWII, Germany, Invasion, Poland, France, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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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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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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Created by the famed producer David Wolper and narrated by Mike Wallace, this episode of the long-running TV show ‘Biography’ dates to 1963 and profiles Emperor Hirohito.  Hirohito was the 124th emperor of Japan, and presided over the country from 1926 to 1989; a period encompassing much of the country’s history including WW2. Some of the events included are the invasion of China, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the Japanese surrender to the Allies. It opens with a span of Japanese...
Topics: Emperor, Hirohito, 1963, Biography, Documentary, Japan, WWII, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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One of a series of films produced by Eugene Castle and sold for the home market through department stores, camera shops and mail order, this black & white film recounts news events in the world in the year 1938. Copyright 1939. Opening titles: Castle Films presents The News Parade of the Year (:07-:15). Flood's Havoc on eastern and western parts of the United States. Flooding in Southern California. Cars drive through water, people are stuck in the waters. A man water skis down a street.The...
Topics: News Parade, 1936, Spanish Civil War, War In China, China, WWII, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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A Town In Old Mexico is a 1943 travelogue of Puebla, Fortin de las Flores, and Orizaba, Mexico, narrated by Orson Welles. It was made as part of the WWII "Friendly Neighbor" effort by the United States. The film begins with a painting of Puebla, then shows some scenic footage on the road between Puebla and Mexico City: viewers see two volcanoes, Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, both over 16,000 feet. A car drives along a rural road lined by wild flowers and a snow-capped volcano looming...
Topics: Mexico, 1943, Travelogue, Puebla, WWII, Mexico City, 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
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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
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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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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...
Topics: Sea Power In The Pacific, WWII, World War II, US Navy, 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
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Forward Commandos is a short 1942 film from Raymond Spottiswoode (father of Hollywood director Roger Spottiswoode) that shows viewers the winter/arctic guerilla tactics used by commandos of the Allied forces against the Nazis during World War II, based on tactics employed by Russians in a similar environment. The film also shows some commandos operating in other countries with drier, warmer climates, and concludes with an Allied raid on a Nazi-held city on the coast of Norway. The film opens...
Topics: 1942, British WWII Propaganda, Raymond Spottiswoode, Stock Footage
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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
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Written by historian Richard Hough and presented by the U.S. Navy, the late-1960s film The American Dreadnought gives viewers a brief history of the American battleship USS New Jersey and a solid background of this class of ship. The film opens by taking viewers to the spring of 1921 where planes sink battleships as part of the agreement to cease battleship production following World War I. The film then cuts to 1966 and shows viewers retired battleships sitting idle at a remote pier in the...
Topics: US Navy, Battleships, USS Jersey, 1968 WWII
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
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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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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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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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This black and white animated training film of the United States Navy emphasizes the importance of avoiding undesirable weather for the sake of preventing accidents (TRT 5:56). Opening titles over an animated illustration of a cloudy sky above a football stadium (0:16). Cartoon naval officers cheer on a football team from the stands. A plane approaches the cloud overhead (0:28). The plane splits into two smaller planes that fly away in opposite directions (0:41). A newsboy sells newspapers in...
Topics: WWII, US Navy, Flight Safety, Cartoon, marginal Weather, Accidents, Stock Footage
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Here are two shorts from WWII: Hollywood Canteen, and Private Snafu in "The Chow Hound". In 1942, Hollywood legends John Garfield, Bette Davis and Jules C. Stein opened the Hollywood Canteen. Located at 1451 Cahuenga Blvd. in Los Angeles, the club offered food, dancing and entertainment for servicemen, usually on their way overseas. The canteen was open to USA servicemen and women, as well as members of the military from allied countries. A serviceperson's ticket for admission was his...
Topics: Hollywood Canteen, Private SNAFU, Chowhound, WWII, Cartoon, John Garfield, Bette Davis, Jules C....
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In this classroom film from 1963, a filmmaker and an historian discuss the background issues leading into the beginning of World War II, starting with the Treaty of Versailles and ending with Germany’s invasion of Poland. A major lesson of the film is the familiar of the strategy of appeasement in preventing war. (TRT 16:15) Titles. Crane Brinton, Ph.D., the McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University (0:09) meets with a filmmaker who is using a 16mm projector to show...
Topics: WWII, World War II, 1963, Nazi Party, Fascism, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This silent film footage is from the gun cameras of German fighter planes intercepting Allied aircraft including B-17s in the skies of Europe. The films were shot using recording 16mm cameras in the wings of the aircraft, and used to both verify kills and probables, as well as examine tactics used in combat.   The title card at :19 roughly translates as "Original footage of the defense of the Reich by hunter killer squadrons operating against bomber groups."   Each entry shows the...
Topics: 1944, German Gun Camera, WWII, World War II, Air Raids, Stock Footage
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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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'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
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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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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
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...
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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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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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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
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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
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This Soviet film, presented in Russian, shows the defeat of the German Sixth Army at Stalingrad in 1943.   The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943) was the largest confrontation of World War II, in which Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in Southern Russia.   Marked by fierce close quarters combat and direct assaults on civilians in air raids, it was the largest (nearly 2.2 million personnel) and bloodiest...
Topics: Soviet Film, Russia, German Sixth Army, WWII, Stalingrad, 1943, Stock Footage
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This silent film shows the battle for "Hill 700" starting on March 9, 1944. Depicted is the counter-attack by the 145th Infantry of the 37th Division to recapture the hill which had been taken in the early morning. The Japanese objective was to break through to the strategic beachhead on Empress Augusta Bay. Mortars (9:30) and light tanks and halftracks from the 754th Tank Battalion provided fire support and the battle continued through March 13th, when the troops regained the summit...
Topics: Army Pictorial, Silent Film, 1944, Japanese, WWII
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Made for the home market during WWII, this silent German newsreel shows the aftermath of the Allied raid on Dieppe, also known as Operation Jubilee. The film begins with a graphic that shows the landing force before showing German shore defenses firing against Royal Navy ships. At 1:10 an anti-aircraft barrage goes up against Allied aircraft. At 1:50 German troops fight back and at 1:58 take casualties. The rest of the film is aftermath footage showing dead bodies, wrecked equipment including...
Topics: WWII, World World 2, German Newsreel, France, Allied Raid on Dieppe, 1942
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Made in accordance with the American War Standard in 1944, this 16mm test film features picture and sound samples which a projectionist would use to set up a room or theater, prior to exhibition of films. Since room acoustics can vary, as well as light levels, etc. this sort of film was "standard issue". Variable density recordings are featured.We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something...
Topics: WWII, Military Standard Projector, test, Movie Theater, 1944, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features eight segments of historic highlights. The Hope for Peace 1919-1945. 1919.  President Wilson is greeted by General Pershing in France for the Paris Peace Conference creating the League of Nations. Also present in the Hall of Mirrors is England’s Prime Minister George. The four leaders stand together: Wilson, George, Orlando...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Peace, WWI, WWII, League Of Nations, Fire, Manila, Stock Footage
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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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SHIPWAYS is a 1945 film presented by the Bethlehem Steel Company – Shipbuilding Division. The film opens with vintage footage of massive modern ships being built in the yards of Bethlehem Steel Company. (00:00:55:00) Then, we see the christening ceremony (00:01:50:00) of the USS Topeka. A nice shot of ships at Bethlehem yards is seen at (00:04:50:00. Various ship models from the distant past are seen at (00:05:22:00). A n ice animated montage of Bethlehem ships launched from Quincy Yards is...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Steel, Liberty Ships, Shipways, Stock Footage
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Dating to early 1944 and prior to the D-Day invasion, this WWII newsreel prepared by the Office of Strategic Services assesses enemy strength, and looks at grand strategy, production and logistics, showing what has been accomplished so far -- and what sacrifices will need to be made to ensure victory. Opening titles:(:07-1:20). September 12, 1943, German paratroopers free Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in the Gran Sasso Raid. The German Fallschirmjäger led by Major Harald Mors and Waffen-SS...
Topics: 1944, War Department, Gran Sasso Raid, Axis Military Strength, WWII, Newsreel, Stock Footage
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This 1942 Warner Bros. propaganda film, directed by B. Reeves Eason, gives viewers a look at a reenactment of the training of U.S. Army Air Forces cadets. The film opens with Lt. General Henry H. Arnold climbing out of a plane at an airfield. He looks over a group of graduating cadets at the start of the wings-awarding ceremony. Arnold speaks to the graduates about their roles in the current climate (01:52). The graduates stand at attention, surrounded by what appear to be Vultee BT-13 Valiant...
Topics: Men From The Sky, 1942, WWII, World War II, Army Air Forces, Stock Footage
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This short film from The March of Time's classroom film series gives viewers a glimpse of Sweden as it navigates its “middle-of-the-road” course during World War II. The film opens with footage of a street in Stockholm at night; signs are lit up and people browse shop windows. A man from one of the city’s newspapers reports on the war’s action: there is footage of bombs being dropped and of buildings exploding. Members of Sweden’s press print stories on the war (01:51). The film then...
Topics: Sweden, WWII, World War II, Travelogue, Stockholm, Stock Footage
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One of 26 Private SNAFU (Situation Normal, All F*cked Up) cartoons made by the U.S. Army Signal Corps to educate and boost the morale of the troops. The SNAFU character was created by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Phil Eastman, and most were animated by Warner Brothers Animation Studios. They were voiced by actors including Mel Blanc and scored by Carl Stalling. In this episode, Private Snafu imagines the good times his family is having back home while he's stationed in the Arctic.
Topics: WWII, World War II, US Army, Cartoon, Private SNAFU, DR SEUSS, Stock Footage
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Before Liz Smith and Perez Hilton became household names in the world of celebrity gossip, before Rush Limbaugh became the voice of conservatism, there was Hedda Hopper. In 1938, this 52-year-old struggling actress rose to fame and influence writing an incendiary gossip column, "Hedda Hopper's Hollywood," that appeared in the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers throughout Hollywood's golden age. Often eviscerating moviemakers and stars, her column earned her a nasty reputation in...
Topics: Hedda Hoppers Hollywood, WWII, World War II, Bob Hope, Jane Withers, Stock Footage
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MR. BLABBERMOUTH is an American documentary film by Basil Wrangell. The 19 minute short was created by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with the support of the United States Office of War Information produced. It shows the homefront of the danger of spreading rumors. The film is about "Mr. Blabbermouth " or " Mr. Chatterbox ", represented by different people who spread rumors during the Second World War and so endanger the morals. For example, that the US fleet to attack on Pearl Harbor...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Mr Blabbermouth, FBI, Basil Wrangell, Stock Footage
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Dating to the 1940s and most likely during WWII, this 16mm silent home movie shows scenes from the Texas oil fields. It begins with men shaking hands at a plot of The Texas Co. leased from Theodore F. Koch. Koch was a famous oil pioneer in the Port Arthur, Beaumont and Riviera. The Texas Co. or Texaco was founded in 1901 in Beaumont by Joseph S. Cullinan, Thomas J. Donoghue, Walter Benona Sharp, and Arnold Schlaet upon the discovery of oil at Spindletop. At :33 an oil drill tower is seen on the...
Topics: WWII, Home Movies, San Antonio, Texas, Oil, Texaco, Oil Exploration, Stock Footage
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Prepared for the home market, this silent WWII era Excel Newsreel was sold in Sears and other department stores for viewing by the American public.  The film shows Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Italy in 1943, and contains some great shots of General George S. Patton in command of invasion forces.   Operation Husky, was a major World War II campaign, in which the Allies took Sicily from the Axis Powers (Italy and Nazi Germany). It was a big amphibious and airborne operation,...
Topics: Allied Invasion, Sicily, WWII, Excel Newsreel, Sears, American Public, George S Patton, Stock...
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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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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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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent newsreel shows the Caucus front and in particular the ascent of Mt. Elbrus on the border of Southern Russia and Georgia. The film starts with a situational map before showing Axis allied troops in the forests with both horses and camels. At 1:30 mountain troops move up into the snow line. At 2:40 parts of a large artillery piece are assembled and the piece is then readied. At 3:00 mountain troops advance high up Elbrus. At 4:00 a...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Mt. Elbris, GErman Newsreel
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Made 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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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 1943 news review was produced by the U.S. Office of War Information.  It has several segments including: a band of isolated Australian troops fighting on the island of Timor, recycling of obsolete ordnance by the U.S. Army to create new metal for the war effort -- including Civil War cannonballs, WWI tanks, tractors and howitzers --, the effort to preserve British rare books and manuscripts in the United States through storage and microfilming,  wartime efforts to increase production by...
Topics: WWII, US News Review, Raiders Of Timor, Caucuses Battles, Stock Footage
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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
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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
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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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This short group of films from the U.S. Office of Emergency Management presents patriotic military songs from WWII. It begins with THE CAISSONS GO ROLLING ALONG sung by Robert Weede...over hill...over dale... At 3:18 is the anthem of the U.S. Navy, ANCHORS AWEIGH sung by Conrad Thibault...anchors aweigh my boy, anchors aweigh...Finally, the MARINES' HYMN (6:30)  ...from the halls of Montezuma ....to the shores of Tripoli..we are proud to claim the title of United States Marines. At 9:45,...
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This rare U.S. Navy film focuses on early research into pilotless aircraft, drones and missile systems. At mark 0:55 are stories on the Kettering Flying Bug experiments. There were failures at first as seen at mark 1:30, but in October 1919, this flying torpedo was successfully launched at mark 1:34. At mark 1:53 is a disarmament conference which followed WWI. The post-war period   economies were bad, and   hampered research and development of guided missiles. As years passed, great strides...
Topics: US Navy, 1950, WWI, WWII, Drones, Missiles, Stock Footage
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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
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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
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This silent film from Germany shows extraction operations at the The Ersberg mine, a large open-pit mine located in Eisenerz, Styria, in the central-western part of Austria, 60 km north-west of Graz and 260 km south-west of the capital, Vienna. Erzberg represents the largest iron ore reserves in Austria, having estimated reserves of 235 million tonnes of ore. The mine produces around 2,153,000 tonnes of iron ore per year. According to scholars, the mine was already working in the year 712, but...
Topics: German Film, Pre WWII, Open Pit, Open It Mining, Silent Film, Germany
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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
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
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Dating to 1941, this black and white, silent film from Castle "War in the East  British-Greek Victories" chronicles the Italian victory in Ethiopia in 1936, and shows some of the early successes that the Greek Army achieved against Italian forces, and British successes in North Africa -- in particular the Battle of Bardia -- in 1940-41. While largely forgotten, both of the campaigns shown in this film had meaningful impact on the war. In particular, Greece's defeat of Mussolini's...
Topics: 1941 WWII, Newsreel, British Victories, Libya, Greek, Italian Army, Ethiopia, Greece, Stock Footage
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In the U.S. military’s Combat Bulletin No. 40 from 1945, viewers see footage from the Allied forces attack on Manila Harbor, the first landing on Luzon, action along the Western Front and Alsace, the damage from a bombing campaign targeting the oil refinery at Merkwiller, a British carrier fleet attacking Sumatra, and Allied airstrikes on Celebes. The newsreel starts with carrier planes of the 3rd Fleet firing on the Japanese naval base in Manila Harbor. A plane fires at an above-ground oil...
Topics: WWII, Combat Bulletin, Manila, Invasion, 1945, Stock Footage
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The Big Wheel: 35th Infantry Division (MISC 7723) is a short 1950 film about the history of the 35th Infantry Division, focusing on the unit’s campaigns in Europe during WWII. The film opens with footage of pioneer wagon trains heading west, while explaining to viewers how the unit earned the nickname the “Santa Fe Division” for taking the Santa Fe cross for its shoulder sleeve insignia. The 35th arrives in France during WWI. The film shows footage of fighting, presumably the division’s...
Topics: 35th Infantry Division, WWII, WWI, Santa Fe, 1950, Stock Footage
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“Bastogne Presenting Lt. Clair Hess” is a short, black-and-white film about Bastogne, made by the Army-Navy Screen Magazine in early 1945. It is introduced by Lt. Clair Hess of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, Co F, 2nd Battalion, 101st Airborne. (On June 6, 1944, Lt. Hess jumped from a plane over Normandy, France. Within minutes, he was on the ground, wounded by machine-gun fire. His injured leg forced him to lie under his parachute for three days, during which a German soldier came...
Topics: Battle Of The Bulge, WWII, World War II, Army Navy Screen Magazine, 1945, Stock Footage
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This rarely seen U.S. Navy film BATTLE FATIGUE DEALING WITH FEAR was produced during or just after WWII, and attempts to explain the condition known as "Battle Fatigue" or what we now describe as PTSD or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.   It was intended to be shown to those suffering from battle fatigue, including those who were hospitalized.   As the psychiatrist host of the film explains, fear is a fighting man’s friend, but it can overrun you. A case study named Corporal Edwards...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Battle Fatigue, US Navy, Stock Footage
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A wartime US Navy training film, narrated by Mike Wallace, that demonstrates techniques for emergency escape from burning and sinking ships. Various drown-proofing and survival-at-sea techniques are presented, from using cargo nets to MK6 life rafts, and brief footage of actual sinking carriers, transports and other ships is featured.   A “restricted film to be shown to authorized personnel only,” this black-and-white United States Navy Training Film, produced under the supervision of the...
Topics: WWII, Abandon Ship, Survival, Ship, Abandon Ship, US Navy
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This compilation reel was made on behalf of the Treasury Department during WWII to sell Series E bonds, better known as "War Bonds". It shows various mentions of the 5th, 6th and 7th War Loan in the newsreel press, and was likely used to assess how the message was getting across and to gauge participation by various media. The Sixth War Loan Drive raised 21.6 billion dollars in November and December, 1944, and was followed by the Seventh War Loan Drive from May through June, 1945,...
Topics: WWII, World War II, US Treasury Department, War Bond Promo, Newsreel, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made for pilot trainees by Wilding, this black & white, U.S. Navy film is about airplane attitude. It is one of a series of films made during WWII, to rapidly teach cadets the principles of flying. Copyright 1945. (N.B.: This version of the film was likely released after the end of WWII, as the end card has the Navy's post-WWII motto: "Keep the Fleet to Keep the Peace".) Opening titles: United States Navy Training Film - Primary Flight Training - Attitudes Of Flight (:06-:32)....
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Although heavily damaged, this silent 16mm home movie has historical value. It was brought home by an American G.I. after WWII, and shows the activities of a German Luftwaffe staff officer in Occupied France in 1941. The film starts with shots of a staff car and various officers conferring. At 1:05 a roadside points the way to Rouen. At 1:20 Rouen Cathedral is shown. At 2:10 a soldier poses for the camera. At 2:13 a large contingent of Germans lines the road and a group shoulders their rifles...
Topics: Germany, Luftwaffe, France, 1941, WWII, Stock Footage
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Produced in the early 1970s,   "Hook Down, Wheels Down" was one of the most comprehensive (and expensive) films made by the U.S. Navy. It covers the history and development of the U.S. aircraft carrier, and does so through interviews with many of the men who made it happen. While dozens of aircraft carriers are featured, it is the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) that takes center stage -- and the material shot on her deck looks like it is right out of "Top Gun". There is...
Topics: US navy, Aircraft Carriers, WWII, 1970, USS Yorktown US Aircraft
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This black & white educational film is about the D-Day Invasion of 1944 during World War 2 in which Allied forces invaded northern France by means of coordinated beach landings. Copyright 1944. Opening titles: Official Films News Thrill Invasion (:06-:20). Title: D-Day!! Allied Forces move across the English Channel. June 6, 1944, huge armada of ships and men head from the English Channel to the coast of France. Ships in the sky cover the convoy at sea. Bombers in the sky. Title: A railroad...
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An interesting home movie from WWII, this silent 8mm film shows "Our Sailor Off to War". It shows a woman named Pat joining the U.S. Navy WAVES in July, 1943. (Note: the movie is a bit damaged from exposure to high heat and has shrunk, so bear with the visuals.) The film shows various scenes including New York's Rockefeller Center at 1:19, what appears to be the observation deck at 2:22, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. At 3:00, A.T. salutes in her uniform. At 3:10, she is shown again in...
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This black & white educational film is about celebrating twenty five years of U.S. Savings Bonds. Starring Lucille Ball. Copyright 1966. Opening titles: The Department of Defense presents Lucille Ball in Twenty Five Years of Savings Bonds (:06-:19). Lucille Ball introduces the film. Servicemen hold savings bonds. A man holds a twenty five dollar savings bond. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt holds a savings bonds. In order to promote the program, movie stars helped - Abbott &...
Topics: Twenty Five Years Of Saving, Bonds, Lucille Ball, WWII, War Bonds, Hollywood Stars, Stock Footage
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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 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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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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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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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...
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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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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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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
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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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Produced for the home market, this silent German newsreel shows the German assault on Crete, also known as the Battle of Crete or "Operation Mercury". The film begins with maps showing the strategic importance of the island before showing the assembly of paratroops and boarding of Junker Ju-52 trimotors and other transport aircraft. At 2:00 the first paratroops are dropped, followed by many others. The aircraft make return flights to drop more. At 4:14 paratroops assemble on the...
Topics: WWII, Germany, Newsreel, May 1941, Paratroop, Island Of Crete, Stock Footage
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Made during WWII for the U.S. Navy by the Jam Handy Organization, "Useful Knots" shows how to tie all sorts of knots. The film illustrates basic rope and knot terminology including defining the bight (1:25), standing piece (1:36) and the fall piece (1:47). Various knots shown including the slip knot (2:23), square or reef knot (2:57), sheet bend (5:51), two half hitches (8:00), clove hitch (11:29), rolling hitch (12:41), bending to a cleat is demonstrated at (16:31). At (21:30) the...
Topics: US Navy, Tie KNOTS, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage Useful Knots