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Mar 5, 2010 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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Mar 8, 2010 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. The German invasion of Norway is shown, with units of the Kriegsmarine enforcing sea lanes and allowing the free movement of supplies and men. Junkers trimotor aircraft support the invasion.
Topic: German propaganda film.
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent film "German warships break through the Channel" shows the "Channel Dash" operation of the Kriegsmarine in 1942. The film begins with images of Brest harbor, as German ships plan a breakout thru the Dover Strait. At :35 Admiral Erich Raeder is seen addressing crew prior to the start of the operation. At :49 a map shows the strategic situation with ships leaving Brest. At 1:05 an E-boat or torpedo boat escorts the...
Topic: German propaganda film.
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"Felix Out of Luck" is a 1924 Felix the Cat cartoon, directed by Otto Messmer and produced by Pat Sullivan. This version is silent and was created for home use. The plot centers around a confident yet hungry Felix, who believes he has lunch waiting for him at his house -- only to discover that's not the case.     Felix the Cat is a funny-animal cartoon character created in the silent film era. The anthropomorphic black cat with his black body, white eyes, and giant grin, coupled...
Topics: Felix, Felix The Cat
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This black & white educational/promotional film is about the Amazing New Mobiloil. There is no copyright and this is circa the mid to late 1940s as World War 2 is mentioned as having just passed.   Opening titles: Socony-Vacuum presents KEEP IT CLEAN!, The Story of an Amazing New Mobiloil for safer, cleaner engines (:06-:34). War footage, tanks, soldiers on the move. Construction vehicles. Tanks and war vehicles move along dusty roads and through some water. A man looks at an engine....
Topics: Mobil, Mobil Oil
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Opening credits: The Shade Tobacco Agricultural Association presents TOBACCO VALLEY, the story of Shade Grown Tobacco as told by Lowell Thomas (:08-:28). Connecticut River Valley. A tractor goes down a paved road between tobacco crops. A worker moves around. Men in the tobacco crop field. A man breaks down tobacco. A cigar on an ash tray (:29-1:33). Animated map of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. Land gets plowed. Connecticut River Valley is the Tobacco valley. Clouds in the sky. Fall...
Topic: Tobacco. Tobacco Valley
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration presents this film from the late 1960s and the administration’s logo is the image that is shown in the opening sequence at 0:20. The U.S. Government and NASA present information about the lunar space suits and how they protect each astronaut, specifically using "Astronaut Andy" as an example at 1:14. The film uses cartoon depictions to portray an astronaut in a lunar space suit to illustrate what happens in space and how the suits...
Topics: NASA, Apollo, Space, Test
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This film segment from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, otherwise known as NASA, covers the manned space flight of 1966. At 0:20, metal machinery whirs along while the narrator begins a history of the primary objective of the US to develop capabilities for manned operations in space since 1961 (0:27-1:00). The Apollo manned lunar mission is described as a key element of this objective. Manned Gemini and Apollo missions are on the horizon, according to the film. The John F....
Topics: NASA, Manned Space Flight, Apollo, 1966
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This is a 1965 era animated film is presented by NASA and shows the   plan for the GEMINI VI Rendezvous and Docking Mission. The movie opens with 2 rockets side by side; the Atlas Agena will launch from pad 14 and Gemini VI will launch from pad 19, 00:35. Animation of launch sequence plays, 00:45. Agena vehicle is animated to highlight a docking module, 1:30. Agena is shown in a transponder animation, 1:38. Agena is shown in a circular orbit animation of 185 statute miles, 1:59. Gemini orbit...
Topics: Gemini VI, NASA, 1960, Docking, Mission Overview
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This film segment opens with a shot of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) logo (00:08-00:12) and proceeds to depict the Tularosa basin in south-central New Mexico, host to the US Army’s White Sands Missile Range and facilities for testing the launch escape system of the Apollo command module (00:14-00:30). The narrator of this NASA documentary film piece explains that on May 12, 1964, the site was used for testing the Apollo boiler plate 12, an unmanned test module...
Topics: NASA, Apollo, Apollo Program, Apollo Program B-12
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Visit our website www.PeriscopeFilm.com   This color educational film (with some animation) takes the viewer through history to explain how people developed a need to communicate, and shows us devices that helped to do so along with current day communication devices. It is from 1965 and stars Wright King as Uncle Bill and is presented by Bell System.   Opening titles over a telephone: WE...
Topics: Bell, Telephone, Bell Telephone, 19665
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This color educational/training film is about the brand new Super Mobil Oil. This oil first appeared in 1974 thus the year of the film.   Opening titles/credit sequence: YOU KNOW IT BY ITS COLOR (:07-:33). Shots of oil and Mobil and 3 times longer (:34-1:46). A model poses. Super mobil. Look and Life magazine covers. Super Mobil oil (1:47-2:26). Super Mobil Oil, Brand X oil, and ice. Our narrator explains how the new oil keeps engines three times cleaner. We are introduced to the new Super...
Topics: Mobil, 1974, Mobil Oil, Supermobil, Promo Film
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Visit our website www.PeriscopeFilm.com   REEL 1: https://youtu.be/ANNv-ilJ3Q0   Made by the Hotpoint appliance company to promote their electric appliances, "Sauce for the Gander" is a 1940 comedy starring Damien O'Flynn, Joan Woodbury and a   very young Alan Ladd in an un-credited role. (This may very well be Ladd's earliest big screen appearance.)   The plot of this film...
Topics: 1940, Hotpoint, Appliance, Appliance Sales Film
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This short silent film by Billy Burke likely dates to the early 1940s, gives viewers a quick look at a few highlights of southern California. The film opens with footage of a golden field of California poppies, where a family picks the flowers. A little girl holds the flowers and smells them. She is then shown walking through the field (01:02). Next, viewers see an unidentified exclusive California hotel, possibly the Santa Barbara Biltmore. A bird’s eye view looks down on guests relaxing on...
Topics: California, Santa Barbara, Hollywood, 1940
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Made for the home market during WWII, this silent German newsreel shows the signing of the Steel Pact and the role of German troops in Finland as part of the Finnish-Russian War.   The film starts with images of the signing of the Pact of Steel on 22nd of May, 1939. The Pact of Steel known formally as the Pact of Friendship and Alliance between Germany and Italy, was a military and political alliance between Italy and Germany. The pact was initially drafted as a tripartite military alliance...
Topics: German Film, Germany, Steel Pact, Condor, 1939
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One of a series of silent films made for the home market in Germany during WWII, "Europe's Fight Against Bolshevism" shows German activities on the Eastern Front, with a focus on the Battle of Kiev. At :20 Werner Molders is shown, a World War II German Luftwaffe pilot, wing commander, and the leading German fighter ace in the Spanish Civil War. At :25 the head of the Luftwaffe, Hermann Wilhelm Göring, is seen along with Ernst Udet. At :46 the strategic situation in the Ukraine is...
Topics: 1941, Germany, German Film, Soviet Defeat, German Newsreel
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent film "German warships break through the Channel" shows the "Channel Dash" operation of the Kriegsmarine in 1942. The film begins with images of Brest harbor, as German ships plan a breakout thru the Dover Strait. At :35 Admiral Erich Raeder is seen addressing crew prior to the start of the operation. At :49 a map shows the strategic situation with ships leaving Brest. At 1:05 an E-boat or torpedo boat escorts the...
Topics: 1942, German Battleships, Warships, German Newsreel
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Made during WWII for the home market in Germany, this silent newsreel shows the battle for Sevastopol. The film begins with a map showing Soviet defenses on the peninsula including fortifications. At :43 German columns of tanks occupy the high ground and mortars and artillery begin lobbing shells into the city.   After the barrage the infantry begins to move forward at 2:00, supported by tanks. At 2:30 Stukas join the fight, bombing Soviet positions. At 3:14 troops break into enemy lines. At...
Topics: German Newsreel, Thor, Heavy Mortar, 1941, 1942
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Made for the home market during WWII by Degeto, this short, silent film shows the German Army advancing on Armawir and Stavropol in the Russian Caucuses (Stavropol aka Woroschilowsk ). At :34 a map shows the lines below Stalingrad and east of the Black Sea, with German forces moving from Rostov-on=Don. At :47 artillery blasts Soviet positions and a T-38 tank is shown burning at 1:01. At 1:04 Panzers move across the plains in the summer heat. At 1:20 large fires are shown on the outskirts of...
Topics: German Newsreel, 1942, Armavyr, Voroshilovsky, Germany, German Film
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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 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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This short film is a collection of two 1960s commercials for RCA Victor products—the company’s redesigned portable phonograph and the Mark 1 color television. In the first commercial, “Sound On The Move,” viewers see a woman carrying a portable phonograph down a street. Another woman is getting one out of the back of her car. A woman opens up the case of an RCA Victor Swing-Line unit (00:39), swinging out the speakers and the changer. She looks through the see-through cabinet design. A...
Topics: RCA, Portable Phonograph, Record Player, Color Television, TV
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Mar 19, 2020 PeriscopeFilm
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"Everything You Ever Wanted in a 16mm Projector" is an RCA promotional film made for the RCA 1600, probably in the mid-1960s.   Yes, everything . . . brilliant pictures, superb sound, simple operation, smooth, safe film handling, instant performance, good looks, light weight, ruggedness — even an automatic threader that never touches the film ! (And if you Ve never wanted an automatic threader the 1600 provides for that as well, because its uniquely safe threader is uniquely...
Topics: RCA, 16mm, 16mm Projector, Pomotion Film
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This reel of film contains several films documenting the Mt. Lowe Railroad near Pasadena, California. The first, filmed by cameramen dispatched by Thomas A. Edison, is a silent film that shows a trip up Rubio Canyon aboard one of the trolley cars.   The second silent film, possibly a home movie from the 1920s, begins around 1:59. It starts at the base of the Mt. Lowe Incline Railway, a funicular that connected to the trolley system. At 2:18 one of the two funicular cars descends on the track....
Topics: Mt Lowe, Railroad, Mt Lowe Railroad, California, Pasadena
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This silent home movie of a Thunderbirds air show contains an incredible segment around 5:20, when an Air Force C-123 crashes and burns. The date of this tragic accident was September 24, 1961, the location the New Hanover County Airport. The two-engine C-123 was carrying members of the U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute team from Fort Bragg. Three crew members were killed including the co-pilot John E. Markel and flight engineer Sgt. John M. Lesko, and the unit photographer for the Golden...
Topics: Golden Knights, Air Force, Thunderbirds, USAF
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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.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock...
Topics: German Newsreel, Ubaot, HMS, Germany
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This silent German film shows the harvesting of lumber during winter, most likely near Bergen, Norway. As you will see, almost all the effort is by hand, although at 2:30 a sledge and gravity make the transport of firewood fairly easy. At 4:14 firewood is piled up for storage. At 5:05 one of the workers shows off his shoe which has a long metal spike on it for steadiness in the snow.   At 5:19 sleds are moved back up the mountain. At 6:20 lumberjacks pause to eat a warm meal.   At 6:55 the...
Topics: 1920, Silent, Germany, German Film, Harvesting, Lumber, Bergern, Norway
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Shows the Navy's anti-submarine patrol in action during the late 1960s.   Featuring flight operations off the aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-18), fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft perform sweeps of the sea in the vicinity of the fleet main body.   They are joined by destroyers and other warships equipped with sonar, depth-charges and ASW torpedoes.   The Grumman S-2 Tracker aircraft is especially featured   “The Hunter Killers” is a relatively short, color, United States Navy film...
Topics: US Navy, Anti Submarine, Hunter Killers, Navy
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The Sea: Mysteries of the Deep is a short 1977 educational film from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, narrated by John Bartholomew Tucker, that looks at current research efforts to better understand undersea life and resources and how to protect it from manmade pollution. The film features great footage of undersea life, contrasted with footage of harmful industrial waste being pumped into the oceans. The film opens with shots of sea creatures, include ling a hammerhead shark, sea lions, and an...
Topics: 1970, Oceanography, SS Kaimalino, The Sea
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This U.S. Navy film traces the history of U.S. missile development up until 1958.   It includes footage from World War II of the BAT, a small guided missile for anti-ship use.   It also features footage of: the JB-1 Loon (a submarine-launched version of the German V-1 Buzz Bomb), the Terrier, the Talos, Polaris, Bullpup, the V-2 missile, the Regulus I, the Regulus II, and the Sidewinder.   It also includes footage of the Naval Research Laboratory NRL, the Naval Missile Test Center at Point...
Topics: 1960, US NAvy, Rocket, Bullpop, Polaris, Loon V-2
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This historic German film "Schlachtschiff in Fahrt" (literally -- "battleship cruise" or "battleships on patrol") shows the cruise of the German warships Gneisenau and Blucher in the North Atlantic in 1939 and 1940. It includes (at 8:15) a simulated attack by enemy aircraft. These two new ships were to be part of what Adolph Hitler hoped would be a new German Navy or Kriegsmarine that would challenge Britain's mastery of the sea.   The cruiser Blucher would be...
Topics: German Battlecruisers, German Film, Kriegsmarine, North Atlantic Cruises
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The “new navy” is the focus of this 1969 educational documentary presented by the United States Navy — “The Attack Carrier: From USS Langley CV1 to USS Enterprise CVAN65.” The color film traces the development and history of aircraft carriers used by the United States Navy. Aircraft that have been used by the Navy, such as the Grumman A-6 Intruder and McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, also are featured.   The USS Enterprise is shown at sea at mark 01:14, as several fighters launch...
Topics: US Navy, USS Langley, Aircraft Carrier, 1969
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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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With a blast of dramatic music to gain a viewer’s attention, waves crash over rocks as the narrator remarks in the opening seconds of this circa 1964 US Department of the Navy color film, “This world of ours is largely water … since earliest explorers first dispelled the darkness out across the ocean seas, mankind has sought the sea as an avenue of communication and commerce. A lifeline so vital that its preservation means also the preservation of a way of life.” There is only one way...
Topics: US Navy, Seapower, 1964, Glenn Ford
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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
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Produced by the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Ships in the early 1960s, this overview of the fleet showcases modern ships USS Long Beach, USS King and aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, as well as the nuclear powered Polaris submarine USS Lafayette. The Bureau of Ships, tasked with "building and maintaining the fleet", maintains and constructs ships for the U.S. Navy.   The United States Navy's Bureau of Ships (BuShips) was established by Congress on June 20, 1940, by a law which consolidated...
Topics: 1960, US Navy, Nuclear US navy, Ships
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Details the work of the U.S. Coast Guard in the international sea lanes of the Northern Pacific, where icebergs are a constant threat to passenger and cargo ships.   USCG patrol vessels track ice formations, assisted by B-17 aircraft.   Features footage of the famed liner Queen Mary and USCGC Mendota (WHEC-69), an Owasco class high endurance cutter.   Mendota was scrapped in 1974.   Produced by the Department of State and the United States Information Service in 1949, "International...
Topics: US Coasst Guard, Ice Patrol, USCG, Atlantic Ocean, 1974
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This 1942 film edition of the The Bluejacket’s Manual is “designed to familiarize the student with the general characteristics of U.S. Navy ships” and shows several examples of each classification. Individual vessels that can be identified in the film include PT-9, PT-11, PT-13, PT-10, PT-18, USS Fanning (DD-385), USS McDougal (DD-358), USS Phelps (DD-360), USS Porter (DD-356), submarine S-45 (one of the S-42 class boats), and submarine N-2 (SS-54). The film opens with a panoramic shot of...
Topics: Bluejackets, US Navy, Ships, Aircraft, 1942, Navy Ships
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The 1965 U.S. Navy training film Replenishment At Sea (MN-10037a) reviews the basic elements for a replenishment operation conducted at sea. The film covers various topics such has formations for the fleet to take during a replenishment operation, the types of equipment and transfer methods used, the different supplies transferred, and how to factor in elements including wind and hull wash. The film opens with shots of aircraft carriers sailing at sea (00:44). A jet is raised on an elevator to...
Topics: 1965, US Navy, Training Film, Ships, At Sea, Supplies
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This color film, U.S. Navy Destroyermen, was produced for the United States Navy by the Office of Information. This office maintains close relations and contacts in the entertainment industry with the goal of telling the US military's story. It was created for the Chief of Naval Operations at the Naval Photographic Center in 1970 to be used as a recruiting tool. The U.S. Navy Band plays as families say goodbye to naval personnel getting ready to depart on Destroyer duty (0:07-0:58). The...
Topics: US Navy, Destroyer, Destroyermen, 1970
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In this episode of True Adventure with Bill Burrud, Burrud welcomes viewers to the show, then footage shows rockets, including a space rocket blasting off (02:30). Men work on building a missile (02:55). The episode shows testing of the intercontinental Thor missile (03:50). Men in a control room prepare for the launch of the first Thor missile (04:30), which explodes during the launch attempt. Spectators watch a successful blastoff of the missile shortly thereafter (05:35). A Thor missile sits...
Topics: True Adventure, Cape Canaveral, Atlas Missile Thor
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The cold opening of this November 18, 1956 black-and-white episode of Edward R. Murrow’s “See It Now” CBS television documentary series shows the viewer the wheel of the USS Constitution — “Old Ironsides” — the wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate launched in 1797 and the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, with the narrator then launching into a discussion of the revered vessel’s history. From there, the viewer is shown the wheel of the USS Forrestal (CV-59),...
Topics: USS Forrestal, 1956, US Navy, Navy, Nuclear Navy
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Originally made by the Soviet Union, this propaganda film was re-released by the American C.I.A. complete with English narration. It features worldwide wargames by the modern Soviet Fleet.   Men and ships of the USSR are seen launching a seaborne invasion.   Various ships and MiG aircraft are shown, including submarines, rocket-firing cruisers, destroyers and battleships.   Airborne refueling of Backfire nuclear bomber aircraft, and seaborne refueling and resupply of vessels is shown.   Jet...
Topics: Soviet Union, Propaganda Film, Operation Ocean, USSR, USSR Navy, Navy
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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, US Navy
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BOLD JOURNEY recounts the voyage of the CCGS Labrador, a Wind-class icebreaker, through the Northwest Passage in 1954. Labrador set sail on her maiden voyage on 23 July 1954 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, bound for the Labrador Sea. Over the next summer the vessel worked her way through Canada's Arctic archipelago from east to west, conducting hydrographic soundings, resupplying RCMP outposts and deploying assorted scientific and geological teams. Her rendezvous with her American sister-ships USCGC...
Topics: Bold Journey, Royal Canadian Navy, 1954, CCGS
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BOLD JOURNEY recounts the voyage of the CCGS Labrador, a Wind-class icebreaker, through the Northwest Passage in 1954. Labrador set sail on her maiden voyage on 23 July 1954 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, bound for the Labrador Sea. Over the next summer the vessel worked her way through Canada's Arctic archipelago from east to west, conducting hydrographic soundings, resupplying RCMP outposts and deploying assorted scientific and geological teams. Her rendezvous with her American sister-ships USCGC...
Topics: Bold Journey, Royal Canadian Navy, CCGS, 1954, Voyage
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Made by Grumman to promote the new F-14 Tomcat, this film takes place at Miramar, California and Fighter Town USA.   At mark 0:33,   Fighter Town USA is seen with various front line Naval aircraft including F-4 Phantoms. Here, pilots are now using lessons from the war in S.E. Asia in developing F-14 combat maneuvering syllabus, using the variable wing at different speed ranges, and getting use to the plane's sophisticated electronic packages. The multiple weapon systems include Phoenix...
Topics: F-14 Tomcat, Air Combat, Grumman, F-14, Callifornia
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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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The True Glory: From D-Day to V-E Day (1945) is a co-production of the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information, documenting the victory on the Western Front, from Normandy to the collapse of the Third Reich.   Although many individuals, including screenwriter and director Garson Kanin, contributed to the film, British director Carol Reed is normally credited as the director. The film was promoted with the tagline, "The story of your victory...told by the guys...
Topics: True Glory, WWII, Europe, World War II, D Day, 1945
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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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Made during WWII by the British Ministry of Information, CAMERAMEN AT WAR was produced by the Realist Film Unit with support of various newsreel companies, the armed services film units and the Trustees of the Imperial War Museum. Compiled by Len Lye, This film tells the story of British newsreel and combat cameramen under battle conditions compiled by Len Lye. The film begins with rare footage from World War I of tanks in action, and includes a few scenes from the 1914-1918 war including famed...
Topics: Cameramen At War, WWII, British Ministry Of Information, 1918, 1940, 1914 Len Lye
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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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Crusaders of the Sky (No. AFMR-661) is a short World War I film produced by Allegro Film Productions that gives viewers a look at the first American pilots to fight in the war as part of the Lafayette Escadrille corps. The primary aircraft flown by members of the Lafayette Escadrille included the Nieuport 11, Nieuport 17, and the SPAD VII. The film opens with footage of WWI: viewers see the firing of artillery guns and soldiers running across No Man’s Land. Photographs show the aircraft used...
Topics: Crusaders, US Air Force, World War I, WWI
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Produced in the 1940s, this wonderful movie takes you back to an era when flying was fun. Grab your trunks, prop off your plane & head for the beach. Members of the Long Island Aviation Club are shown headed out on a flying field trip. (The Club was based in Hicksville, but eliminated after World War II with the development of Levittown.) Gyrocopters, bi-winged stunt planes and amphibian planes that land near Wall Street in New York City for commuting.   The film also contains rare footage...
Topics: 1940, Civil Aviation, Gar Wood, Flying Clubs, Piper Club
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Released for the home market, this short, silent documentary film consists of newsreels showing the Pan American Clippers in their heydey, 1934-1939 including the Martin 130 China Clipper and the Giant Boeing 314 Clipper. Footage includes interior shots of the aircraft showing the fairly deluxe sleeping accommodations.  At the 8 minute mark, footage of the ill-fated Samoa Clipper is shown. The film ends with the Yankee Clipper, which set a NY to Marseilles record in 1938. Samoan Clipper was...
Topics: Pan Am, Flying Boats, Boeing 314, 1938, Clippers NY, Yankee Clipper
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Photographed by U.S. Coast Guard cameramen with additional scenes provided by the U.S. Navy and Army Air Forces, United States Coast Guard Report No. 4 is a short war film that shows the work of the USCG during the Allied invasion of Normandy as part of Operation Overlord. The film opens with footage of “D Day +3,” showing viewers destroyed or damaged tanks, trucks, and landing craft on the beaches of Normandy. The film then cuts to January 1944 where Coast Guard men train moving from ship...
Topics: US Coast Guard, USCG, 1944 D Day, US AIr Force, US Navy
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Created by members of amateur radio club Q.R.M. / Q.S.T., this exceptional silent film shows activities at the National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio in 1929.  The start of the film shows the elaborate parade with various floats. At :52 the air races are seen with the Bendix towers. At 1:16 German pilot Ernst Udet's U12 Flamingo biplane marked D-822, thrills the crowd. At 3;21 the Flower Pageant, another parade, is shown. The date is August 24, 1929. At 4:14 the parking lot for the races is...
Topics: 1929, National Air Races, Santa Monica, California, Cleveland, Power Puff Derby
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This fragmentary film about Midway Island and Wake Island dates to the pre-WWII era, when both   were being used as a stop-over by Pan Am Clipper seaplanes and as USA military installations. The film begins with images of the famous Midway Gooney (albatross) birds before showing some of the activities that awaited visitors to the island: swimming, boating, and fishing. At 3:12 a group of visitors takes the "shortest railway in the world"   -- a narrow gauge railroad on Wake Island...
Topics: Midway, Midway island, 1930, Travelogue. Pre WWII
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This late 1950s/early 1960s color advertising documentary about the progression of Boeing helicopters was produced by the Boeing Vertol Division.   A Boeing 107 helicopter rises from the heliport atop the New York City Pan Am building. It lands at the airport (:26-1:00). A Boeing 44 helicopter lands on a rooftop (1:01-1:22). Seagulls gather along a shoreline and sandhill cranes take off in flight (1:23-1:53). Block prints of mythological flying creatures and paintings of angels are shown. A...
Topics: Boeing Vertol, Boeing, Boeing Helicopter, 1960, Pan Am
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Created by Goodyear as a promotion for their airships, which were featured at the event, this historic silent film shows the Chicago World's Fair of 1933, known as the Century of Progress.   Some of the highlights include the Skyride at the 3:30 mark, the replica of Fort Dearborn seen at the 5:30 mark, amusement rides at the 7:00 mark, a dancing revue at 9:00, and views of the City of Chicago as seen from a Goodyear blimp at the 10 minute mark.     A Century of Progress International...
Topics: Chicago World Fair, 1933, Silent Film, Century, Chicago, World Fair, GoodYear
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Produced by McDonnell Douglas for the U.S. Navy, F-4 FLIGHT CHARACTERISTICS was a restricted film made for pilot training purposes. The opening features a fabulous montage of imagery comparing a fighter jock to a horse-riding cowboy.   The film also includes footage of a Moviola Library Viewer or LVR, a film viewing device made by the famed Moviola Corporation for the U.S. Military. An identical LVR is now used in the Periscope Film archive on a daily basis to view films.   The McDonnell...
Topics: F-4, Phantom, F-4 Phantom, US Navy, 1960, McDonnell Douglas
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Made in the late 1970s, THE FABULOUS PHANTOM celebrates the completion of the 5000th F-4 Phantom. The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor aircraft/fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a...
Topics: The Fabulous Phantom II, F-4, Phantom, McDonnell, Aircraft
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An official US War Department film restricted in nature and produced by the US Army Pictorial Service, “The Japanese Army and Navy” is a black-and-white creation that “has been assembled from Japanese films and is designed for use in the Civil Affairs Training Schools conducted by The Provost Marshal General.” With that introduction, the World War II-era film opens at mark 00:48 by explaining the “Code of the Samarai” — highlighted by devotion to duty “and a loyalty to a Divine...
Topics: Japanese, Japanese Army, Us Navy, WWII, Army, Us Army, Japan
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This United States Navy Department film from 1944 is dedicated to naval aircraft workers and is brought to viewers by Pathe News Inc. for the Bureau of Aeronautics Production Division. The contributions and role of the aircraft industry are described, along with the number of Japanese warships that had been sunk by United States aircraft (01:30-02:01). Navy bombers were used to support the men of the 37th infantry division using precision bombing techniques. At 03:28, a map with directional...
Topics: WWII, Aircraft, Aircraft Workers Digest, Saipan, US navy, 1944
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Ambassadors in Blue is a short 1971 film on the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds. Presented by the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, the film features the aerobatics of the F-4E Phantom IIs at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and is set to the jazz music of the Air Force’s Academy Band, The Falconaires. The film opens with shots of the Phantom IIs taking off, flying through the sky, and being serviced. The film shows some of the various tasks performed by the U.S. Air Force outside of combat...
Topics: Ambassadors In Blue, McDonnell Douglas, USAF, US Air Force, F-4E Phantom, 1971, Thunderbirds USAF...
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Created by General Dynamics, this film was created to promote the F-111 Aardvark, a tactical strike aircraft, that could be used in all types of weather. The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark was a supersonic, medium-range tactical strike aircraft that also filled the roles of strategic bomber, reconnaissance, and electronic warfare in its various versions. Developed in the 1960s by General Dynamics, it first entered service in 1967 with the United States Air Force. The Royal Australian Air Force...
Topics: F-111, Genreal Dynamics, F-111 Aardvark, 1960s, 1973, USAF, US Air Force
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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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This film from Ford shows the company's experimental gas turbine semi truck, known as "Big Red". It dates to approximately 1965. The film starts out with shots of the Cabana Motel in Atlanta before showing a map of the nation's new interstate highway system. At :54 a superhighway is shown with its many interchanges. "When this network is completed, true long-range hauling at sustained speeds with all city traffic bypassed...will become a practical idea for the first time."...
Topics: Ford Motor, Motor, Big Red, Simi Truck, 1964, New York Worlds Fair, 1964 New York Worlds Fair
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Presented by the U.S. Army, The Infantry Noncommissioned Officer Candidate Course (TF 4118) is a short training film that provides a look at the program offered at Fort Benning, GA, from entrance qualifications to the training content up through the completion of the course. The film opens with a shot of Infantry Hall (00:30). Command Sergeant Major James A. Scott addresses the graduating class of the NCO Candidate Course (01:03). Candidates train with machine guns and batons in hand-to-hand...
Topics: 1960, US Army, 1967, Stock Footage, Fort Benning
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Shot by an unknown member of the U.S. Army occupation forces in Japan in the mid-1940s, this silent home movie begins with scenes of the sunrise over Sagami Bay from Hayama. At :52 the garden of Mr. Okumura at Osaka is shown. At 5:40, a large temple complex is shown. At 8:00, seaweed gathering is seen near Yokosuka. At 8:30, the Tokyo PX (military exchange) and Ginza are shown. At 9:53 the headquarters for General MacArthur in Tokyo. At 11:00, bombed out areas of Tokyo are shown. The film ends...
Topics: Post WWII, Sagami, 1940, US Army, Japan, Home Movie, Tokyo, Stock Footage
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“This is an Official Film. Its showing is limited to those persons authorized to attend War Department theaters under Army Regulations 210-390 July 10, 1942.” With that, this black-and-white film —“The War: A Current Information Film for the Armed Services #10” — begins as a medley of “The Army Goes Rolling Along,” “The US Air Force Song,” and “Anchors Away” play with the opening credits. Produced by the War Department, the Army Service Forces Special Service Division,...
Topics: War Bulletin, War Dogs, Stock Footage, 1942, USAF, US Air Force, War Department
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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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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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"Nuremberg: It's Lesson for Today" was made by the Office of Military Government for Germany in May of 1947 under the auspices of the OSS Field Photographic Unit headed by John Ford.   In the summer of 1945, Ford dispatched Stuart to Europe to hunt for Nazi films that could be used at the Nuremberg trial. His older brother Budd, of higher rank, followed and led what became a small team of editors and writers. During a frenzied 4-month period, the Schulberg brothers and their...
Topics: Nuremberg, 1947, John Ford, Berlin, Stock Footage, Germany
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Created at the outset of America's entry into WWII, this Castle Film newsreel shows America as the "Arsenal of Democracy" producing men and materials for the war effort.   Basic training and testing of military equipment is shown, along with the construction of jeeps, tanks, ships, guns, planes, PT boats and other war material.   Some of the spectacular footage included shows tanks driving through buildings and over obstacles, soldiers fording rivers, exercises using horses,...
Topics: World War II, WWII, Stock Footage, Castle Films, Tanks, Boats, Ships, Guns, Basic Training
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“Vol. 2, Chapter I: The Air Force And The Atom Bomb,” the 1960 episode (SFP 263) of The Air Force Story, reviews the impact of the atomic bomb, how it was tested, and the new power of the hydrogen bomb. The chapter opens with U.S. bomber fleets flying in formation and dropping bombs on targets during WWII (01:14). An atomic bomb is detonated (01:38). During 1946 at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the U.S. carries out Operation Crossroads, a pair of nuclear weapons tests. Footage shows...
Topics: Air Force, US Air Force, USAF, Stock Footage, Atomic Bomb, Atmoic, 1960
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Produced by U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Voluntary Training Unit 12-36 and Lt. Col. William L. Hendricks, USMCR Commanding Officer, this 1961 film is narrated by American actor Jack Webb and gives viewers a look at the state of readiness of the United States Marine Corps. The film opens with Jack Webb spinning a globe in a Marine Corps office. A Marine Corps marching band plays as Marine Corps men march in full dress. A man walks from his home down the sidewalk in his uniform (01:20). Marines...
Topics: US Marines, USMC, 1961, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage, Jack Webb, USMCR
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Original Japanese newsreels showing U.S. surrender in Philippines and march from Bataan. This original Japanese newsreel apparently dates to 1942, and shows Japanese Imperial Army and Navy forces on the move in the Pacific. The first part of the newsreel either has no soundtrack or the soundtrack was damaged; a later portion has sound. Some of the segments include Japanese forces accepting the surrender of American and Philippine troops at the 18 minute mark. General Jonathan M. Wainwright is...
Topics: Stock footage, Japanese Newsreel, Japanese, WWII, Philippines
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This film documents 1963's Operation Blowdown, an incredible test undertaken by Australia to determine what the effects of a nuclear detonation would be in a rainforest.   For various reasons a nuclear device was not used, so the test (in the Cape York Peninsula of Queensland) relied on conventional explosives -- 50 tons of TNT.   Although today the test seems quite peculiar, at the time the "Atoms for Peace" initiative was being advanced by both sides in the Cold War and the idea...
Topics: 1963, Nuclear, Nuclear Blast, Australian Civil Defense, Stock Footage
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Episode X of the Army in Action series, THE COBRA STRIKES covers the events leading to the Korean War, the war from 1950 to 1953, and cessation of hostilities in July 1953.   The Korean War (25 June 1950 – 27 July 1953) was a war between North and South Korea, in which a United Nations force led by the United States of America fought for the South, and China fought for the North, which was also assisted by the Soviet Union. The war arose from the division of Korea at the end of World War II...
Topics: The Big Picture, US Army, Korean War, 153, South Korea, Stock Footage
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This is a 1968, black and white news report featuring footage filmed by combat cameramen in the field. It is a presentation of the Armed Forces Information Service, Department of Defense. It opens with a reporter, Alan Smith, talking about the state of the Vietnam war, :30. Reporter, Alan Smith reporting on current events in the war, 1:30. Map of Camp Evans in Vietnam, 2:30. Men preparing Howitzer guns on a tank, 2:50. Tom DeCastro, reporting from the field as men fire Howitzers, 3:40. Aerial...
Topics: 1968, Vietnam Report, 9th Infantry Division, Mekong, Armed Forces, Stock Footage
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In 1964 off the coast of Bermuda, SEALAB I was lowered to a depth 192 feet.   This film documents that amazing event.   The Sealab I experiment was to test the theories of saturated diving and the ability of humans to live and operate at extreme pressures.   The test involved four divers: LCDR Robert Thompson, MC; Gunners Mate First Class Lester Anderson; Chief Quartermaster Robert A. Barth; and Chief Hospital Corpsman Sanders Manning.   The top side commander was   Captain George F. Bond,...
Topics: US Navy, Sealab, Underwater Habitat, 1964, Bermuda, Stock Footage
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This 1960s American Airlines promotional film, produced by Audio Production Inc., shows the work that goes into developing a flight plan prior to that flight’s takeoff. The film opens with a plane taking off from New York’s Idlewild Airport (later renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport), and a man climbing out of a car with his suitcase and heading into the airport. An American Airlines Boeing 707 Astrojet flies through the sky. The film shows a departure board for a non-stop flight...
Topics: 1960, Flight Plan, Astrojet, 707 Astrojet, Pilots, Stock Footage
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This U.S. Navy recruiting film entitled PRESSURE POINT was made in 1974 by John J. Hennessy Motion Pictures, with a script by Michael Ross.   The film's point is that attention to detail, something beat into new recruits by a drill instructor, is absolutely critical for a U.S. Navy pilot.   Teamwork is another aspect highlighted by the film.   The film also shows how training goes on for nearly 12 weeks before anyone gets to even touch an airplane.     The film begins aboard an aircraft...
Topics: US Navy, F- 4 Phantom, Pilot, Phantom, F4, 1974, Stock Footage
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This U.S. Navy produced film tells the story of the NC-4 Flying Boats and the epic Transatlantic flight, as well as the unveiling of one of the aircraft NC-4 at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.   The NC-4 was a Curtiss NC flying boat which was designed by Glenn Curtiss and his team, and manufactured by Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company. In May 1919, the NC-4 became the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, starting in New York State and making the crossing...
Topics: US Navy, NC-4, Flying Boat, Navy, 1919, Stock Footage
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"FILM COMMUNIQUE, EIGHTH ISSUE"   (1944, 20:24)   Includes CAPE GLOUCESTER: 7TH MARINES (New Guineau); REPORT FROM BRITAIN (American and British air war against Germany); A 5TH AIR FORCE REPORT FROM NEW GUINEA; A FEW QUICK FACTS (supply line distances); A FIFTH ARMY REPORT FROM THE BEACHHEAD (Anzio). 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...
Topics: War Film, Film Communique, USMC, US Marines, Marines 1944, 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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This is a 1959 United States Navy Training Film that shows in detail, by use of animation, how chemical energy is converted into electrical energy to produce electromotive force. A vintage shot of a mammoth submarine battery appears at (00:01:15:00). The film explains the process of converting chemical energy (00:03:35:00) and the effects of this conversion. (00:15:30:00)   The lead–acid battery was invented in 1859 by French physicist Gaston Planté and is the oldest type of rechargeable...
Topics: 1950, US navy, Lead, Acid, Storage Battery, BAttery, Training Film, Stock Footage
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Created by the U.S. Army in 1967, this film about the Bell OH-58 Kiowa helicopter features footage from the Vietnam War, emphasizing the concept of air mobility and showing the OH-58A scout.   The Bell OH-58 Kiowa is a family of single-engine, single-rotor, military helicopters used for observation, utility, and direct fire support. Bell Helicopter manufactured the OH-58 for the United States Army based on its Model 206A JetRanger helicopter. The OH-58 has been in continuous use by the U.S....
Topics: Bell, Textron, Kiowa, US Army, 1967, Helicopter, Stock Footage
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This 1968 United States Marine Corps color propaganda documentary MH-10476 documents the USMC’s part in the large-scale evacuation of the South Vietnamese refugees and helping them establish a new safer life away from the Viet Cong as part of the Civic Action Program. The film opens with the different faces of Vietnamese refugees of all ages. A transport helicopter lands and refugees run out. A child runs, carrying another child on his back. Another elderly man walks with a stick, the...
Topics: US Marines, USMC, 1968, South Vietnam, South Vietnamese Refugees, Vietnam, Vietnam War, Stock...
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This silent German film from the 1930s "The Mountain Stream" shows expansive views of the Alps and the people who live in the alpine region. The bucolic film starts with images of melting ice before showing a rushing mountain stream, herds of goats, and a rustic cabin (1:40). At 2:00 a farmer in lederhosen attends to his dairy cows and at (2:22) churns milk into butter using water power. At 3:00 the stream supports flowers, bees and butterflies. At 3:45 children drink from the stream....
Topics: 1930, German Hydropower, German Film, Silent Film, Mountain Stream, Stock Footage
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This reel of silent films includes travelogues for Seville and the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey in Spain. It starts with a silent Dutch film, "A Look at Seville", that shows images of the Spanish city in the 1930s. Seville is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia and the province of Seville, Spain. It is situated on the plain of the river Guadalquivir. The inhabitants of the city are known as sevillanos (feminine form: sevillanas) or hispalenses,...
Topics: 1930, Seville, Santa Maria, Santa Maria De Montserrat, Spain, Travelogue, 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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This silent, pre- WWII movie shows the harvesting of bananas at an American Fruit Company plantation in Cameroon, Africa. Unfortunately the name of the production company has been erased from the film (:10) so we don't know who made it but one can imagine from the font that it was made by the national German educational film service UFA. Cameroon became a German colony in 1884 (known as Kamerun) but after World War I, the territory was divided between France and the United Kingdom as League of...
Topics: 1930, Fruit, American Fruit Company, Bananas, Banana Plantation Stock footage
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This 1944 U.S. War Department Combat Bulletin (No. 17) gives viewers a look at Operation Dragoon, the Allied push south after D-Day, Fighting in Burman, and a naval battle in the Pacific off the coast of the Mariana Islands. The bulletin begins with footage of Operation Dragoon. The Allied fleet waits for orders to invade Southern France. Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal discuses the operation on deck (00:39). The Allied convoy moves toward the French coast. Men make last-minute...
Topics: Combat Bulletin, Invasion, Southen France, France, Air Force, China, Stock Footage
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This color documentary, titled “I Am a Soldier,” was part of a series called “The Saga of Western Man” shown on ABC in 1966. Filmed in 1965 during the Vietnam War, the program captures the mesmerizing aesthetic of war and features footage of African American and white soldiers in combat.   The documentary opens with nearly two dozen helicopters in flight, and a voiceover that remarks: “It is a different kind of war than we’ve ever fought. Even the weapons are new. Only the names of...
Topics: 1965, Vietnam, Infrantry, 1966, Vietnam War, The Saga Of Western Man, Stock Footage
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This silent film was made for the German home market in 1942 by Degeto. It shows the fall of Tobruk, also known as the Battle of Gazala, on June 21, 1942.   At :34 an animated situation map shows the general plan of attack. At :51 Erwin Rommel is shown planning with staff and at 1:03 German artillery blasts British positions. At 1:15, June 20, 1942, Panzers make an early morning move against British positions. At 1:40 artillery piece is pulled into action by halftracks and troops advance while...
Topics: Germanny, German Army, 1942, Afrika Korps, Gazala, Stock Footage
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Created for the U.S. Navy by the Treasury Dept. as part of the 6th War Loan drive, PHOTOGRAPHY FIGHTS is a docudrama that showcases the role of a naval photographic interpretation team in theater.   The film begins and ends with a "typical" American couple who openly doubt the value of photography in the war, and then shows an interpretation team working on the front lines at Guadalcanal in the Pacific. An aerial photograph is analyzed to reveal that Japanese troops are constructing...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Photography, US Navy, Guadalcanal, Stock Footage
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This U.S. Navy propaganda film from the late 1950s shows the threat of Soviet expansion and U.S. efforts to contain it while giving viewers a look at the U.S. Navy’s sea power being developed in the “Missile Age.” The film opens with an animation of a globe showing trade routes, new sea routes developed during the Age of Great Exploration, and contemporary sea lanes crisscrossing the world’s oceans. An explosive is detonated in the sea (01:50). Footage shows a torpedo moving through a...
Topics: 1950, US Navy, Seapower, Missile, USS Forrestal, Cold War, Stock Footage
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Navy Wives is a 1959, color, promotional film for women whose husbands are in or going into the Navy. The purpose of the film is to support and make Navy Wives feel better about what they are about to experience.   View of a Navy Aircraft Carrier   off San Diego, CA (0:48-0:54). A crowd of people stand around the docks at the San Diego Navy Base (the largest on the West coast) waiting for their loved ones to disembark the Navy Aircraft Carrier ship (0:58-2:41). A sailor waits for his wife who...
Topics: 1959, US Navy, Navy N Wives, Navy Aircraft, Promotional Film, Stock Footage