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This black & white, WWII recruiting film showcases the Royal Australian Navy. This  was primarily shot at HMAS Cerberus, a training establishment. It was directed by Ralph Smart. Opening titles: The Ministry of Information Presents The Royal Australian Navy (:07). Royal Navy sailors stand at attention (:47). The men march (1:01). Rocks and ocean surf of Australia (1:08). Royal Australian Navy ships perform convoy duty (1:33). Recruits arrive at Flinders Naval Depot  in Victoria (1:46)....
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In this episode of the True Adventure TV series from the early 1960s, viewers go on an expedition through the Northwest Passage with the U.S. Coast Guard. The episode opens with dramatic shots of the Arctic, including an ice shelf breaking off ( 00:08 ). Host Bill Burrud discusses the Coast Guard’s voyage through the Northwest Passage. There are various shots of the Arctic Ocean with a number of different ships navigating its waterways ( 02:23 ). The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bramble sails out...
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Created by United Aircraft Corporation to celebrate 50 years of powered flight, WE SAW IT HAPPEN features interviews with pioneers from the first half-century of American aviation: designers, engineers, industrial entrepreneurs, and pilots. Appearing in it are: Wellwood Beall, Larry Bell, William Boeing, William Bridgeman, Frank Caldwell, Clarence Chamberlin, Virginius Clark, Glenn Curtiss, James Doolittle, Donald Douglas, Ira Eaker, Oliver Echols, Earl Findley, Benjamin Foulois, Robert Gross,...
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Healthy Teeth Happy Smile, presented by The National Dental Association (a professional association of dentists), is a short educational film—likely from the early 1960s, that targets minority teenagers to promote good oral care practices. The film opens with high school students leaving a classroom and filing into an assembly hall. A handful of students wait on a stage behind the curtain for an awards ceremony (01:24). The film cuts to the school nurse’s office where a dentist provides...
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Released by the British Information Service in the aftermath of the Market Garden failure, this short black-and-white newsreel, part of the “Act and Fact" series and titled "Gateway to Germany,” begins with cheering crowds in September 1944, as the British 2nd Army roars through Belgium. Men, women, and children are shown reaching out to shake the hands of the soldiers at their convoys make their way through city streets at mark 00:20. The British 11th Armored Division are shown...
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This rare silent movie dates to 1918 and shows the arrival of US forces back in the United States at the conclusion of WWI, and features shots of General John J Pershing, as well as other members of the United States Expeditionary forces. It includes the destroyer USS Blakeley, a destroyer that was built in 1918. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this...
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Manchukuo, or ""State of Manchuria"", was a puppet state comprised of Eastern Inner Mongilia and Manchuria. Created by the former Qing Dynasty Emperor and Imperial Japan in 1932, it ceased to exist after the defeat of Japan in WWII. The international furor that resulted from the creation of the state of Manchukuo, eventually led Japan to withdraw from the League of Nations. This propaganda film shows the newly-created state, with a focus on how the Japanese are improving the...
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Made in 1975 to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps, "The Birthday Party" features a creative premise -- a group of retired Marines symbolizing various eras of the Corps get together for a celebratory dinner. Through vignettes, the history of the Corps is shown from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam, portraying the evolution of the Marine Corps from its origin to the present day. The film includes several well-known actors including Richard Dean...
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Made by Dodge Brothers during WWII, this film shows the various trucks, command cars, ambulances, tractors and other vehicles made during the conflict for the U.S. Army.  A proving grounds for these vehicles is also shown starting around the 2 minute mark.  The Chrysler foundry is seen at the 4:30 mark, producing Sherman tanks.  Also shown is the precision made Sperry Gyrocompass (8 minute mark), anti-aircraft guns, radar systems, and other equipment built by Dodge during WWII.  Dodge...
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A showcase of the National Parks of the Western US during the 1920s, with primarily emphasis on Glacier National Park! This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This 1960’s era color film was produced by the Sikorsky Corporation in coordination with the United States Marine Corps to showcase the abilities of the Sikorsky HR2s / CH-37 Mojave and HUS-1 Seashorse helicopters. The film opens with choppers on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Vertical Assault. The choppers fly away from the carrier. Choppers on the tarmac as three choppers fly overhead 1:00. Choppers are headed for the USS Boxer. Sikorsky HR2s and HUS helicopters leave the marine core...
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Attack in the Pacific (also known by the series title: Armed Forces Information Film: A.F.I.F. Number 3) is a 1944 American war documentary film directed by Frank Capra. This dramatic documentary, an Armed Forces Information Film, was completed a year before the war's end. It is dedicated to the men of the United States Navy, a fighting organization which fulfilled a most significant role in bringing about the defeat of Japan. Following a valuable introduction describing the variegated Pacific...
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"230,000 Will Die" is a 1954, black and white film that opens with narrator Charles Cameron, M.D., medical director of the American Cancer Society, speaking to the camera. This groundbreaking film about medical research was presented by the American Cancer Society. Its purpose is to warn Americans to take early action on their cancer as it can be treated and save lives. To a modern audience, the film is notable because of what it does not focus on -- for example smoking is not...
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Assembled from the General Newsreel Co.'s holdings, this issue of Yesterday’s Newsreel provides film clips of news highlights. Segments include 1936 Fashions at :14, featuring various hats for women including derbies and turbans. At 1:02 , a sports segment shows the National Tennis Doubles Championship of 1933 featuring Frank Shields, Lester Stoefen, Frank Parker and George Lott. At 1:51 the 1927 Belmont Stakes, observed by Al Smith of New York. At 2:37 , images of German troops and Panzer...
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Shot during WWII, this silent home movie shows the Cheyenne Municipal Airport when it was used as an air base, and scenes shot at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo, as well as scenes shot at an informal gathering of airmen and local gals. The Cheyenne Frontier Days outdoor rodeo and western celebration which is shown, has been running annually since 1897 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.The film opens with footage of soldiers or U.S. Army Air Force personnel playing horseshoe (:11) at a corral or ranch....
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Made in World War II by the U.S. government as part of the war effort, GRACIAS AMIGOS is hosted by venerable radio reporter Lowell Thomas. The film explains how the USA came to rely on its Latin American and South American neighbors for aid during the war, in the form of vital raw materials. With rubber supplies from Indonesia cut off, and even hemp for rope in short supply, the USA had to look elsewhere for materials. Nations like Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil and other republics provided...
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Created by Gulf Oil, "One Heartbeat Away" looks at the Gulf McClaren team in the 1973 Indianapolis 500 Race. The film starts with a look at the car driven by Peter Jeffrey Revson (February 27, 1939 – March 22, 1974). He was an American race car driver and heir to the Revlon cosmetics fortune. He was a two time Formula One race winner and had success at the Indianapolis 500, who was tragically killed in an accident at the South African Grand Prix. Johnny Rutherford his teammate...
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This color educational/promotional film is about how Chevrolet cars make the most sense in terms of fuel economy. This is circa the mid 1970s, probably 1976 given the patriotic, bicentennial type logo at the head. Title: Chevrolet Makes Sense For America (:01). Different Chevrolets - Nova, Camaro, Vega (:09). Inside a Chevy Vega (:32). Loading a Chevy station wagon (:53). Four bedroom homes (1:00). A man opens the door for a woman to get into a Chevy full size car (1:08). Chevy has space for...
Topics: Chevrolet, America, 1976, Economy Cars, Nova, Camaro, Vega, Impala, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 16mm, silent, color home movie depicts activities of the late 1940’s or early 1950s at and around Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, a United States Navy base in the town of Ceiba, Puerto Rico. The site operates today as José Aponte de la Torre Airport. The propeller of a transport airplane flying above the clouds (0:08). A blanket of cloud cover and the view along the plane’s wing with the U.S. star insignia (0:28). A U.S. Navy blimp sits grounded at Roosevelt Roads airfield with 1940s...
Topics: 1940s, Home Movie, Roosevelt, Roads, Naval Station, Puerto Rico, Marine Corps, Stock Footage
This 1950s black and white film about water, gas, and electricity in the home is a Churchill-Wexler Film Production directed by Gunther von Fritsch. A boy scoops water into a bucket from a stream and starts up a steep hill.  His sister joins and they carry it together, Jack-and-Jill style (:14-:44). The boy turns on the kitchen water faucet and fills a glass. Faucet handles are turned at a sink and the bathtub. A close-up of the water at the bathtub faucet is shown.  Adult feet move the water...
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In this Army – Navy Screen Magazine newsreel, we learn about THE BATTLE OF THE UNITED STATES. In this film from 1944, we see narrator J. Edgar Hoover (00:00:37:00) discussing the importance of catching spies in the United States during World War II and the great efforts the FBI went through to stop them. J Edgar also credits the citizens with doing their part in the effort to stop spies in the United States. Vintage footage from 1940 New York can be seen at (00:01:40:00). Footage of an...
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Coastal Command is a documentary style account of the Shorts Sunderland and PBY Catalina flying boats during the Battle of the Atlantic. The film includes real footage of attacks on a major enemy ship by Hudson and Halifax bombers based in Iceland. Later, the film depicts a routine sea patrol, in which a Sunderland flying boat flies over a convoy and bombs a German U-boat. Two versions of the film were made, one featuring an explanatory voice over. In this version, the film ends with the...
Topics: Coastal Command, PBY Catalina, Flying Boats, U Boat, Stock Footage
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This glorious silent film shows the National Junior Air Races, held in Cleveland, Ohio. The Scripps-Howard National Junior Air Races are almost completely forgotten, but in the 1930s and 40s they represented the premiere competitive arena for aircraft modelers, radio-control and control line pilots.  This rare silent home movie dates to 1939 - 1942, but probably 1942. It was shot by a member of the Cleveland Press staff.  It shows many of the events at the Races, including the weigh-in that...
Topics: 1942, Junior National Air Races, Cleveland, Ohio, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the Fighting Cavalier Squadron and their F-105s flying/bombing in Vietnam. This is Part 1 and was filmed in November 1966, most of the base footage is from Korat Air Force Base in Thailand.  Opening titles: U.S. Air Force Presents 'There is a Way' (:10-:48). Three Lieutenants are about to land. They are landing, after their 101st missions, their Republic F-105 Thunderchiefs. Another soldier speaks on this. Jeep and cars drive down a tarmac...
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This 1950s U.S. Navy newsreel shows the operation of the Taylor Model Ship Basin in the design of warship hulls.  The ship demonstrated here is an LCI, landing craft infantry.  Scale model propellers are built as well as a ship hull for extensive testing in the long basin.   The David Taylor Model Basin (DTMB) is one of the largest ship model basins—test facilities for the development of ship design—in the world. DTMB is a field activity of the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Warship, United States Navy, LCI. Landing Craft, Landing Craft...
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Made by Westinghouse in 1938-39, "The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair" is an American film directed by Robert R. Snody produced for the company's exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair. (NOTE: our print of this film is not complete, and represents only half of the original movie. Our apologies but we thought it worth sharing nevertheless.) "The Middleton Family" illustrates the contribution of free enterprise, technology, and Westinghouse products to the...
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This story is told by Leslie Howard. This is the story of a nation in exile of Poland and Britain. But it is more than a story of just foreigners; it's the story of people who are now our guests, people we are proud to host. They have become by lands and sea our gallant comrades in arms. Here is a warzone in august 1939 at mark 1:42. Here a small boy is feeding the pigeons as bomb dropped. The small boy's name is Andrew. He found his way within incredible adventure and watches the pigeon in...
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One of two stunning 16mm home movies shot by Ward Harris in the 1930s, this color film shows scenes of the U.K. including England as it appeared before WWII. Harris was an Edison Mimeograph dealer in San Francisco in the late 1920s and an avid collector of things related to Thomas Edison. His famous collection included phonographs, batteries, light bulbs and other electrical equipment including Edison toasters, etc. and was so large that at one point an inventory revealed it had 50,000 items....
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This color and black & white, silent home movie footage shows life in an Army training camp during (and possibly after) World War II. It appears to show members of the 38th Infantry Division ("Cyclone") training for combat, most likely at Camp Shelby, Mississippi or Camp Atterbury, Indiana, or possibly both. The Division included National Guard drawn from Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia, and went on to serve in combat in the Pacific starting in early 1944. In recognition of...
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Produced by the Public Service Company of Northern Illinois, this 1944 film shows farm life in northern Illinois during wartime. The film is broken into a number of sections (dairy, beef, sheep, hog, poultry, truck farming, ideas at work, youth, and family) and looks at the ways the various farming families of northern Illinois use electric-powered machines to enhance their productivity and improve quality of life during wartime. The film opens with a montage of shots of a number of northern...
Topics: Farm Life, Illinois, Wartime, WWII, Food, 1944, Stock Footage
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This episode of the Army Navy Screen Magazine features three segments. The first TWENTY SEVEN SOLDIERS shows the various ethnicities and nations making up the Allied Army. The second is a profile of the AMERICAN FIELD SERVICE which provides medical care and transportation in support of the British. The third BY REQUEST features the city of Chicago as well as a song sung by Carol Bruce. Designed to promote racial harmony and understanding in wartime, TWENTY SEVEN SOLDIERS shows the cooperation...
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This color film documents the construction of the 1960 Lutheran Hour Float for the Pasadena Tournament of Rose New Year’s Day Parade. It was produced by the Lutheran Laymen’s League in Southern California. Finished, it will be 20’x40’x17’. To begin the float, men weld a set of four truck steering dollies under the front end before lowering a truck engine into the chassis as floats are driven from the rear ( 1:10 - 3:20 ). The float is started for the first time and inspected by the...
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Dating from the late 1960s, this U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command produced film profiles the command and control systems developed for national defense, including the early versions of the 465L / SACCS system.  The film includes shots of various mainframe computers and communications equipment, including integrated networks that helped foment what we now know as the Internet.  The film contains some fascinating images including shots of communications centers, top secret documents, early...
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Made in 1945, WE SAID WE'D COME BACK shows the invasion of Guam and the actions and successes of the U.S. Navy to maintain the support of the American public. The film features Admiral Ernest J. King, the Chief of Naval Operations and the Admiral in Chief. It also ends with a brief appearance by James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy. The film shows how the war in the Pacific was turning to the American side including footage of the retaking of Guam and warships such as the U.S.S. Washington...
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The sea lanes surrounding Alaska are the gateway to the Arctic Ocean, and of vital importance to the United States during the Cold War. In this film, the men of the Coast Guard cutter USCGC Klamath (WHEC-66) visit Alaskan waters, and perform various humanitarian missions among its Native American residents. Klamath also monitors the seas, servicing buoys and making certain the sea lanes are safe for transit. They also wave the flag near the shores of the United States' key adversary during the...
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War Film 50, an industrial incentive movie titled “Yankee Noodle” shows how and what the ‘American Noodle’ has been able to create in wartime and in peace. The first innovative example is a washing machine ( 1:37 ) crafted from old wheels, hacksaws, nuts, bolts and improvised tools that could be used anywhere. Next, we see an old grappling hook, ropes and grenade launcher being used to blow mines ( 1:53 ). Another example is how a parachute was used to help land a plane with only one...
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Dating to 1942 and then re-released in the post-WWII period, "American Anniversary" is a patriotic short film directed by Oscar winner Leslie Roush. The film was funded by the National Association of Manufacturers and produced by Paramount Pictures. The film shows 20 years in the life of an immigrant named Joe Karnak, who arrives in America uncertain of his place in society and future. Over the course of the film he becomes a substantial contributor to his community. According to a...
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Dating to 1961, this silent promotional film shows the Bisbee - Douglas International Airport in Southern Arizona. The film includes shots of Douglas, Arizona at 8:20 including the Southern Pacific railroad station at 8:30.  The Gadsden Hotel is visible at 9:30, as well as the Phelps Dodge Mercantile Company and Valley National Bank and Arizona Public Service Company (11:20).  At 12:55 the copper smelter is visible. At 15:16 the border crossing  / Port of Entry with Agua Prieta, Mexico is...
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Browse our products on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YILTSD "NASA Project Apollo Manned Flight to the Moon" presents an overview of the Apollo lunar program. Made by Pelican Films prior to the first Apollo mission (probably 1964 or 65), the film uses animation to sketch out the various components needed for the mission. The film discusses the Saturn V rocket and variants Saturn I and...
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Produced by Cate & McGlone, United Airlines presents this 1950’s era, color movie called, Flying Colors. The film attempts to reassure the public about air travel by showing the maintenance procedures followed by United on its new DC-7 Mainliners. It was made just prior to the debut of the jet powered Boeing 707, which is discussed at the 5:30 mark. Written by Walter Wise, directed by T.W. Cate, photographed by E.D. McGlone, edited by Charles Cahill, with music supervision by Jack Meakin...
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One of many survival films made during WWII, Castaway shows simple skills that can be used in the event of an emergency. Reel 1 (featured here) shows how to survive a bail-out from an aircraft over the ocean, inflation of a life raft, and navigation to a safe harbor. Along the way are lessons about distilling water and shark repellant. Reel 2 shows survival on a tropical island typical of those found in the Pacific Theater of the war. Produced by Willard Pictures for the Bureau of Aeronautics...
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Made in the 1950s by Avion, a division of ACF Corporation, OPERATION PINPOINT outlines the use of a new horizontal position display, which was an innovation that allowed pilots to navigate with relative ease. It's unclear whether this display was ever adopted or deployed, as we've been unable to find references to it on the Internet. If you know about it -- let us know in the comments! According ot the film, the display was developed with Wright Air Development Center's Flight Control...
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This 1930s black and white propaganda for joining the Navy was produced by the American version of Pathe News. It is about Naval training for craftsmen skills and exciting ports Navy ships stopped at. A new Naval battleship slides into the water for her maiden voyage. Navy crew are seen as the giant anchor chains are wound. Supplies are swung over by a crane (:20-1:17). Early ships needed crewman to fill wheelbarrows full of coal. A sailor works on the oil fuel tanks and another flips the large...
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Made in 1943 and produced by famed filmmaker Graham McInnes for the National Film Board and the Wartime Prices and Trade Board, PLOWSHARES INTO SWORDS is a typical industrial incentive film from WWII.  The film shows the gigantic agricultural and industrial capacity of Canada, and describes how production (including steel, cattle, meat and grain products, munitions and more) must be increased for the war effort -- nearly 25% according to the needs described by the narrator.  At the same time...
Topics: World War II, Battle Of The Atlantic, Munitions, Propaganda Film, Vancouver, Toronto, Agriculture,...
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis. This episode of Crusade in the Pacific looks at U.S. and British interests in the Pacific prior to World War II including...
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Made in 1945 by the U.S. Treasury Department, PERISHABLE RUSH shows how the Army Air Forces during World War II flew wounded men from Pacific battle areas to mobile army surgeons hospitals, hospital ships, and finally major  hospitals and eventually home towns in the United States. Uses a mix of actuality footage and fictional reenactments to follow a soldier from being wounded in action, cared for by medics on the battlefield, undergoing surgery in a mobile hospital near the front lines,...
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This episode of the U.S. Air Force's news magazine "Air Force Now" shows the USAF of the 1980s (probably 1983), with its main focus being NATO and the Soviet threat in Europe. At the start of the film the new, high tech AWACS aircraft is shown in operation, also known as the Boeing E-3 Sentry. This is an American airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft developed by Boeing as the prime contractor. Derived from the Boeing 707, it provides all-weather surveillance,...
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Made for the home market during WWII, this black & white silent film shows news events in the year 1943, focusing on WWII. It was edited by Leslie Winik. Opening titles: News Thrills of 1943 (:07-:11). Title: Allied Victory in Tunisia. General Montgomery discusses the final push with his men. He stands and talks as the men smile. General Eisenhower visits Montgomery for a council of war. The two shake hands. Gabes falls to the British as rockets are fired, explosions abound. A parade...
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The US Marine Corps presents “Tactical And Gunnery Air Observation,” developed to aid support to infantry units. The World War II-era color film (probably made post-war, likely in 1948) notes the importance of such observation, especially in situations when ground observation is impractical or impossible, as we see troops march through heavy foliage at mark  01:37  and a few seconds later we see a Stinson OY-1 Sentinel, a two-seat observation aircraft used during World War II, as well as...
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Presented by the U.S. Air Force, Class of ’59 is a short film that details the life and training a cadet receives at the then-new Air Force Academy at Lowry Air Force Base. The film opens with a shot of the entrance to the Air Force Academy; new cadets arrive at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver (Aurora), CO (00:39). An Air Training Officer (ATO) teaches cadets how to march and salute. Cadets participate in close order drilling (01:21). An Air Force officer addresses the new cadets at the...
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This episode of "Navy Log" was first aired on December 6th, 1955, and its titled "The Pentagon Story". This episode summarizes the Pentagon’s search and investigation into the actions of Lt. (j.g.) John Kelvin Koelsch, during the Korean War, which led to him receiving, posthumously, the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was the first helicopter pilot to be awarded the Medal of Honor. The story is based upon detail uncovered by the Pentagon and all names are the actual names...
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Made by Jam Handy, "It Could Be You" dates to 1949. This film was made during a time of unusual crisis -- when a shift from wartime to peacetime production led to a unique shortage of new cars despite heavy demand. As the film explains during WW2, the USA's auto industry was geared towards manufacturing war materials, leading to a complete halt of production of new makes and models. The film opens with a man receiving a phone call about a delivery of his brand-new vehicle (1:05). The...
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Based on the Charles Cahill film Red Light Return from 1965, this 1975 safety film discusses the importance of wearing seatbelts while in vehicles and features interviews with racecar drivers Alan Johnson and Mark Donahue, interviews with everyday drivers, footage of crash impact tests conducted by UCLA, and plenty of footage of 1960s and 1970s vehicles driving on California’s streets, highways, and freeways. The film opens with footage of people watching one of the inaugural IROC races at...
Topics: Safety Belts, Smashing Success, UCLA, Seatbelt, Stock Footage
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This 1960’s color film depicts NASA press conferences and training activity in preparation for the Gemini 9A crewed spaceflight of 1966. It depicts testing of the Agena Target Vehicle and the United States Air Force’s Astronaut Maneuvering Unit, both of which were unable to be successfully utilized during the mission that followed (TRT 12:07). Astronaut Ed White conducts a spacewalk during the Gemini 4 mission on June 3, 1965 (0:08). Gemini 6 and Gemini 7 meet in orbit (0:27). Gemini 8...
Topics: NASA, Gemini IX, Mission Pre Flight, Overview, ED White, Target Vehicle, Stock Footage
Released in 1946, this black & white educational film from "Library Films" purports to show some of the last footage of Manila prior to the outbreak of WWII. In 1945, as U.S. forces under MacArthur worked their way towards Manila from Leyte, the city became a battleground. As the notes at the beginning of the movie make clear, most of the beautiful buildings shown in the film were completely destroyed during the siege. Opening titles: Library Films Inc presents Manila (followed by...
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This short film gives viewers a brief recap of World War I in the pretext of an elderly man recounting the history of the Great War to a teenage boy. The film shows a clipping from the front page of The Chicago Daily Tribune (00:31) announcing the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, along with other front-page clippings from the paper announcing the beginning of the war. Footage shows German troops marching into Belgium (01:00) and British officers walking past troops standing at...
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This film is the continuation of the film titled ‘Merrily We All Roll Along’ with Groucho Marx as the narrator. It begins with the Model T and the information that this vehicle could be purchased for about $300 (:18) and arrived without accessories, meaning the floorboards were often made from box the battery had arrived in (:42). One of it’s many quirks was a slow creeping forward if the handbrake, throttle and spark were not all aligned exactly (1:35). The weekly Sunday drive gave...
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This episode of "The Big Picture" dates to the 1961-1962 season. Filmed at Washington,. D.C . it shows the Army's "Old Guard" - the 3rd Infantry Regiment - and the U.S. Army Band presenting its annual pageant of military skills and traditions. The 3rd United States Infantry Regiment is a regiment of the United States Army. It currently has three active battalions, and is readily identified by its nickname, "The Old Guard," as well as "Escort to the...
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Made by the Department of the Army Air Force in 1942, "Aerial Navigation - Airways Flying" shows various procedures for pilots and air traffic control. The film discusses the need for civil aviation rules, procedures and operations and an air traffic control center and tower, the meaning of green, amber, red and blue airways, recommended procedures when navigation instruments fail, and rules for approaching and leaving airports. Includes interesting footage of WWII era telefax,...
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This 1960s era home movie is a true rarity because it was shot with sync'd sound track. It shows the Rose Parade, including Vice President Richard Nixon as Grand Marshall.   This film is one of a large series of Rose Parade films in the Periscope Film LLC archive. The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Parade presented by Honda, is part of "America's New Year Celebration" held in Pasadena, California each year on New Year's Day (or on Monday, January 2...
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Shot by an unknown filmmaker, this color silent home movie shows close up views of the Chicago Railroad Fair circa 1949. The Chicago Railroad Fair was an event organized to celebrate and commemorate 100 years of railroad history west of Chicago, Illinois. In addition, the Fair highlighted important eras in American history and technological growth. It was held in 1948 and 1949 along the shore of Lake Michigan and is often referred to as "the last great railroad fair" with 39 railroad...
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This recently re-discovered home movie shows New York City during WWII. Although portions of the film may date to as early as 1938, most of it was shot in 1944-45. You will see patriotic banners and flags flying in New York (including at 2:33 where a Victory flag is seen). Some of the highlights include rare color footage of Times Square at night, New York harbor bustling with Liberty and Victory Ship traffic, Wall Street draped with patriotic flags, shots of the cityscape and pedestrians,...
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This pilot training film for the Lockheed F-104G Starfighter focuses on George Air Force Base, part of Tactical Air Command and home to the 4443 School Squadron, where initial training in the F-104G is conducted. Pilots trained at this school train allied nations in the operation of the F-104G. This includes pilots from Norway, Taiwan Republic of China, West Germany, Belgium, Italy, and others. At 1:38 an inspection of the aircraft is undertaken. At 2:14 , pre-flight inspection is discussed --...
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This silent home movie likely dates to the late 1940s, probably 1948, and shows Army Day at Bolling Field in Washington, D.C. as well as the Cherry Blossom Festival. (1948 is a fairly safe bet as in 1949 "Army Day" was eliminated in favor of Armed Forces Day by the Secretary of Defense). The film stars with shots of Washington from the Washington Monument. At 1:06 are shots from within the upper part of the rotunda of the Capitol Building. Coverage of Army Day at Bolling Field begins...
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Designed for those who maintained ship and submarine power plants, this WWII era black & white training film is about the lubrication system. Copyright 1943. The Detroit Diesel Series 71 is a two-stroke diesel engine series, available in both inline and V configurations. The inline six-cylinder 71 series engine was introduced as the initial flagship product of the Detroit Diesel Engine Division of General Motors in 1938.  The first number in the model series designation refers to the...
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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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Cleverly designed as an educational film, this industrial film that subtly promotes Westinghouse refrigerators, stoves and other appliances has as its central focus the idea that crucial vitamins in food are being destroyed by improper food handling and preparation. For example, boiling and high heat, as well as exposure to air, can apparently cause loss of nutrients (as seen at the 7:00 mark). To demonstrate vitamin loss, samples are tested in a laboratory and the cost of "destructive...
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This newsreel compilation was prepared for review by the U.S. Treasury Department during or just after WWII, to show the publicity campaign affiliated with War Bond sales. It reviews the many efforts by the government, the public and Hollywood to raise money for the war effort.  More specifically, the film follows the 6th, 7th and 8th War Bond drives, opening with an Army art exhibit put together by the US Treasury Department with Eleanor Roosevelt and Martha Morgenthau as chairpersons (:13)....
Topics: 1945, US Treasury, News Clips, US War, Bond Sales, War Loan, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Assembled from the General Newsreel Co.'s holdings, this issue of Yesterday’s Newsreel provides film clips of news highlights.   The first segment shows the German invasion of France in 1940 including the assault on portions of the Maginot Line by artillery (:30). Parts of the shattered line are seen at 1:00 as German troops head towards Metz ( 1:46 ). These are mechanized forces supported by horses and infantry. At 3:55 , French prisoners are seen walking to camps while German troops pass...
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Silent highlight reel shows Boeing Vertol's helicopters in action including the 107, now known as the Sea Knight in military configuration, and the CH-47 Chinook.   A demonstration is shown of the CH-47's amphibious capability, and various configurations of helicopters are shown.  Flights of New York Airways helicopters from the roof of the Pan Am building in downtown Manhattan to LaGuardia Airport are also shown (5:30 mark).   In May 1957 Frank Piasecki and his Vertol design team began work...
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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
This early 1950s color long advertising film is the story of the Weber Dental Manufacturing Company in Canton, Ohio. An 1896 photo of Henry Ernst Weber, a pharmacist in Canton, Ohio, is shown. His first invention was a dental cuspidor. A reenactment shows Weber creating a miniature fountain within a brass bowl. Water runs in a future dental cuspidor version made of opaque self-cleaning glass (:50-3:03). A late 1800s dental office is shown.  Mr. Weber also invented a dental chair that could be...
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This film made by the U.S. Army to educate soldiers about Latin America opens with footage of the lively festivals and stunning landscapes of Central and South America (:30). The host and narrator is Frank McGee ( 1:02 ) and he will depict the American view of Latin American Revolutions and will focus on Fidel Castro. He begins by describing the varying raw materials that can be drawn from the land, including copper, tin, zinc, petroleum and iron ( 1:25 ). Food commodities such as coffee,...
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Created from official films of the U.S. Army Expeditionary Forces in World War I, "Flashes of Action" is a silent newsreel created in 1928 -- for the ten year anniversary of the end of hostilities.   The film features footage of trench warfare, balloon busting by aircraft (including a spotter jumping from the balloon moments before it bursts into flames), gas warfare, nighttime bombardments, and more. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional...
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This black & white film, made by Ziv for broadcast on TV in the 1950s, is a compilation of newsreel footage about varying topics. No copyright but this is circa the early 1950s. Opening titles: Yesterday's Newsreel. Title: 1928-1929 - Holiday for Hoover (:10-:37). In November 1928, President-elect Hoover embarked on a ten-nation goodwill tour of Latin America. He delivered twenty-five speeches, stressing his plans to reduce American political and military interference in Latin American...
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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 75) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The episode begins with footage of Luther Burbank at home in Santa Rosa with his wife. He rolls around on the grass with his dog. He is then shown walking through wheat and a plot of his famous Burbank artichokes. Burbank walks through other areas in his garden (01:45); he holds a...
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This silent home movie shows a trip to Miami, Florida in the 1950s. The film starts at the Roney Plaza Hotel, which was demolished in 1968. You'll see the hotel's pool area. At 1:00, two brothers wearing identical "Texas" cowboy t-shirts parade in front of the camera. At 1:44 they pose with mom. At 4;23 children pose in costumes, apparently as part of a special food awareness day. Others pose with protest signs reading "Be Happy Be Healthy" and "Drink Milk". At...
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This Vietnam era sales film for the McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk shows the versatile aircraft's development and unique characteristics.  The late model A-4F is seen.  This was a refinement of A-4E with extra avionics housed in a hump on the fuselage spine (this feature later retrofitted to A-4Es and some A-4Cs) and more powerful J52-P-8A engine with 9,300 lbf (41 kN) of thrust, later upgraded in service to J52-P-408 with 11,200 lbf (50 kN), 147 built. Some served with Blue Angels acrobatic...
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The 1960s television program LEADERSHIPS SPEAKS featured prominent members of the U.S. military, speaking about defense and other issues. Here Vice Admiral William F. Raborn presents views on leadership to Howard K. Smith. At the time Raborn had risen to public attention through his work developing the Polaris missile system and leading the project to build and deploy it. The complex, high tech Polaris system was innovative in the way it was managed because it was developed in record time, and...
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Created by the U.S. Navy for publicity purposes in 1979, this historic films provides an overview of the ships of the fleet ranging from mighty nuclear powered aircraft carriers to lowly auxiliaries. Included are carriers USS Nimitz CVN-68, USS Eisenhower CVN-69, USS Enterprise CVN-65, USS Kitty Hawk CV-63, USS John F. Kennedy CV-67, USS Independence CV-62, and USS Midway CV-41. Cruisers shown include USS Long Beach CGN-9, USS Chicago CG-11, USS Richmond K. Turner CG-20, USS Wainwright CG-28,...
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Land Of The Incas is a 1937 silent film produced by Castle Films as part of the Adventure Parade series that provides viewers with a glimpse of Peru and the Incan people who live there. The film begins “high up in the Cordilleras Mountains” ( 00:27 ) where donkeys and people haul kindling. Despite the rural mountain location, modern transportation now reaches the lofty villages in the form of a train ( 01:26 ), which passes mountains and lakes on its way. The film then takes viewers to...
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This 1944 film shows women working in an airport control tower during WWII.  Prior to this time, women never worked in control operations, but the manpower shortage of the war necessitated their training and employment.  The film primarily shows the operation of the control tower and explains its operation, as well as the effort to draft women into the air traffic control role.   This information comes from an FAA website: During World War II, women entered the ranks of air traffic...
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Made in 1947 by Paul Rotha Productions, LIFE BEGINS AGAIN was created by the British Government's Ministry of Information to show that many of those who experience setbacks in life can start over in life,  despite the physical injuries they might have suffered. Films like this one were considered important in post-WWII Great Britain, where hundreds of thousands of people (both soldiers and civilians) suffered life changing injuries as a result of the war. The government's "Emergency...
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Made in 1966, A CHOICE I MADE shows a group of Peace Corps volunteers operating in India. The film was one of the earliest showcases of the Peace Corps, and was made in the cinema-verite style developed by advanced European film-makers and by the National Film Board of Canada. The Harvard Crimson made these comments about the film when it was screened in Cambridge: "As the Peace Corps begins its sixth year, its directors have apparently decided that a major shift in orientation will be...
Topics: Peace Corps, India, 1966, Promotional Film, Stock Footage
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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The Northrop T-38 Talon is the focus of “The Versatile T-38,” a 1960s promotional film on the supersonic aircraft. The two-person aircraft is shown in the air and on the runway as the narrator offers a detailed description of its turbo jet engines and its thrust-to-weight ratio. Again shown in flight at mark  01:55 , we’re told how the aircraft is considered one of the safest used by the Air Force and we learn more of the aircraft’s attributes as well as some of the records the...
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Terrytoons was an animation studio founded by Paul Terry. The studio, located in suburban New Rochelle, New York, operated from 1929 to 1968. The studio created many popular cartoon characters including Heckle and Jeckle, Mighty Mouse, Gandy Goose, Sourpuss, Dinky Duck and Luno. The "New Terrytoons" period of the late 1950s and 60s brought us Sidney, Hector Heathcote, Hashimoto and Deputy Dawg as well as The Mighty Heroes. Famed animator Ralph Bakshi got his start at Terrytoons....
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This black and white documentary film, Air Force Story Chapter 1, was produced around 1953 by the Department of the Air Force. The Department of the Air Force was formed September 18, 1947, within the Department of Defense. Musical score is by The U.S. Air Force Band under the direction of Lt. Col. George S. Howard, commander and conductor of the band from 1944-1963. The film traces the development of U.S. Airpower through World War I. The Air Force Story, Chapter I ( 0:16 - 1:14 ). A Hot Air...
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This volume of The Air Force Story - Volume 1 Chapter 5 - is entitled "Air Power Advances 1935-1937". It shows the technological innovations and activities that furthered America's role as a leader in aviation prior to WWII. It includes footage of the activation of Hickam Field in Hawaii, bombers diverting lava with carefully planned strikes, patrol bombers fighting a flood disaster, Japan begins a new offensive push in China, and Boeing builds the B-17. This film is part of the...
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In Part IX, axis armies hope to meet in Asia; u.s. industry quadruples production; paratroopers trained; air transport command established; airplane proves effectiveness in battle of midway. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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Wings Over The Andes, narrated by Lowell Thomas, is a short film that documents the pioneering aerial photography expedition to Peru (specifically, to Peru’s Lost Valley) by geologist Robert Shippee and U.S. Navy Lt. George Johnson in 1931. The film opens with Shippee and Johnson loading supplies into small airplanes (possibly Bellancas) at an airfield in Peru. The planes take off and fly over the Peruvian coastal plain then over the snow-capped Andes Mountains. Footage from the planes show...
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This 1950s black and white film “Battleship” is from the Adventure Today series with Ray Forrest and focuses on the USS Wisconsin (BB-64) [decommissioned in 1958]. Ray arrives at the battleship and the sailors release the mooring ropes from the dock. Captain RJ Foley talks to Ray (:24- 1:55 ). Ray adjusts the settings on his video camera. Footage from the top down shows sailors walking below.   The ship’s service ribbons are shown. Sailors perform various tasks, including thoroughly...
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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,...
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This black and white film called the Danger Line was probably produced between 1939 and 1950. Its purpose was to instruct children of the danger of wearing shoes that don’t fit. This Instructional film of the Institute of Visual Training was supported by Thom McAn Shoe Stores probably after 1939 as they were enlarging their business to its highest point in 1960.  The film opens showing a Thom McAn Shoe Store (0:27-0:29). Two boys dressed in suits enter the store and speak to the manager...
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This 1960s color film is about WABCO Motor Graders (LeTourneau-Westinghouse) and made by WABCO Earthmoving Equipment, Peoria, IL. The film opens with motor graders in action along the side of roads, including a 440H. A closeup of mud rolling in front of the blade from the operator’s point of view is shown (:04- 1:54 ). Preventive Maintenance. The Operator’s Guide is shown for the Models 666 and 777; the H and NH series; In-Line 71 Engines Detroit Diesel; Model 330, 330H, and Model 440. The...
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This WWII film about the Battle of the Bulge was intended to promote the 7th War Bond Drive, and demonstrating that American soldiers cannot afford to stop fighting, just as American workers can never afford to slack off at vital war jobs.  The film begins with images of France in August of 1944, as U.S. troops celebrate (prematurely as it turned out) the liberation of Europe from the Nazis.  The German counterattack in December of 1944 proved devastating to Allied hopes of the war ending by...
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Hosted by Bob Hope with a truly corny narration script, this recruiting film for the Army National Guard was originally released as one of the episodes of "The Big Picture", the U.S. Army's TV show. It shows the readiness of the Guard. At the  1:50  mark, a target drone, a Radio Controlled Target Aircraft or RCAT, is shown being piloted through a gauntlet of fire. At  2:25 , the M-40 duster anti-aircraft gun is shown.  The Duster has the capability of pumping out a 120 rounds from...
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In The Air Force Story’s “Chapter XVI: Maximum Effort, October 9, 1943” (SFP 263-16), viewers see how a coordinated attack on multiple German targets (Marienberg, Anklam, Gdynia, and Danzig) is carried out by several divisions of the U.S. Air Force. The film begins with shots of the B-17s and B-24s of the 8th Air Force Bomber Command in England. General Frederick Anderson briefs the Operations Command personnel on the upcoming mission (01:44). Anderson and his officers look at maps and...
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