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This WWII film seems intended to raise support for the war against the Nazis and present...

Skeletal Entry

This WWII film seems intended to raise support for the war against the Nazis and present...

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At 5:44 during the discussion of services for the Army Air Corps they show a film being made using...

"Show Business at War" dates to 1943 and showcases the incredible efforts of the entertainers of the day, the film and entertainment industries, and their collective sacrifice to support our troops and the victory effort during World War II. The bright lights of Broadway in New York City and the offices of the weekly theatrical paper, Variety 1:00. Variety is an American media company owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly...
Topics: Show Business, Show Business At War, 1943, World War II, Hollywood, Broadway, Stock Footage

At 5:44 during the discussion of services for the Army Air Corps they show a film being made using...

PeriscopeFilm
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite Oct 30, 2020
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The title should remove the reference to the Martin B-26 Marauder. This film is about aircraft...

This 1941 training film, Principles of Operation: What is a Brake? (TF 1-162), is part of the Airplane Hydraulic Brakes training films and covers the basic principles of braking, looks at the two braking systems on planes (independent system for lighter aircraft and integral system for heavier planes), and reviews the mechanical operations of the hydraulic brake. The film opens with a person flipping through a book. Basic animation shows a large plane (possibly a rendering of a Curtiss-Wright...
Topic: Stock Footage

The title should remove the reference to the Martin B-26 Marauder. This film is about aircraft...

PeriscopeFilm
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite Oct 9, 2020
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9th AF Marauders over Germany and Holland. Some flying shots and bomb patterns. About 9:30-11:14.

Dating to November of 1944, this Army Air Force Weekly News Digest includes several segments.  First, American forces on Saipan work to salvage enemy weapons and material for recycling and re-use.  The bombing of an important oil storage and refining facility in Ceram, Beola by A-20 Havocs is shown, as well as bombings of the Burma Railway (home of the the famed Bridge Over the River Kwai --!). The 10th Air Force is shown making leaflet drops over enemy territory to explain what the United...
Topics: Army, United States Army Force, Air Force, Saipan, War Film, A-20 Havoc, Burma Railway, The Bridge...

9th AF Marauders over Germany and Holland. Some flying shots and bomb patterns. About 9:30-11:14.

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Here is a tiny bit of Marauder construction not shown in the film "Bomber". It opens by describing...

Dating to World War II, this film tells the story of the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation and the manufacture of blimps and aircraft. It begins with a shot of Paul W. Litchfield, the American industrialist who was president (1926–40) and chairman of the board (1930–58) of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, a firm that he helped develop into a worldwide operation. Also shown is Lt. Dougherty of the U.S. Navy and a representative of the U.S. Army. The four are looking at a model of the Goodyear...
Topics: Good Year Blimp, Aircraft, WWII, World War II, Airplanes, Stock Footage

Here is a tiny bit of Marauder construction not shown in the film "Bomber". It opens by describing...

35mm Stock Footage
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite Jul 27, 2020
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Good clear footage of a Martin B-26 landing wheels down and then another landing wheels up. This in...

Footage of World War II in Asia and Oceania, and associated topics.
Topics: Japan-China War, Combat, Asia, United Kingdom (Military), United Kingdom (Navy), New Guinea

Good clear footage of a Martin B-26 landing wheels down and then another landing wheels up. This in...

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Despite its purported subject it has a lot of good Martin B-26 Marauder medium bomber footage....

This black & white educational film is about the Allied attacks against Nazi Germany during World War II. Copyright is 1945 but the film shows events circa 1943/1944. Opening titles: Target Germany! (:06-:12). U.S. Army Air Force planes in the skies over Germany. Bombs are loaded planes. Rows of bombs being worked on by men. American flag is raised on a flag pole. Inside a factory where B-17 Flying Fortresses are being assembled (:13-1:54). Mechanics fix planes. Propellers are wheeled...
Topic: Stock Footage

Despite its purported subject it has a lot of good Martin B-26 Marauder medium bomber footage....

PeriscopeFilm
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite Apr 10, 2020
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Starring Gene Kelly as Lucas

Made during WWII in 1945, this   United States Navy training film looks at Combat Fatigue Irritability, or shell shock, now known as PTSD. This is a very rare film, the type of which was, like John Huston's landmark "Let There Be Light", not widely shown due to the effects it could have on morale.   Most likely it was only shown to those suffering from combat fatigue, and those who were working to help alleviate it.   Oversimplistic in its approach, compared to what we know today,...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Combat Fatigue, PTSD, US Nav, Stock Footage

Starring Gene Kelly as Lucas

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The above description of this film describes in great detail the content of the film. I would just...

In this US Navy Combat Bulletin (No. 4), produced in Cooperation with the U.S. Army Pictorial Services, viewers get updates to the Allied war efforts in Europe and the Pacific. The bulletin begins with a segment on air combat support. Footage from cameras on U.S. planes show German planes being shot out of the air and the strafing of German ground targets, including trains. “Piggyback” planes fly toward Allied lines (also known as Mistel, “Piggyback” planes refer to composite aircraft...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition

The above description of this film describes in great detail the content of the film. I would just...

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As apparent in the screen shot above this video is not about the "Lady Be Good" but instead a...

Originally broadcast on Armstrong Circle Theatre, this is the story of Lady Be Good! Lady Be Good was an American B-24D Liberator, which flew for the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. It failed to return from an April 4, 1943 bombing raid on Naples, Italy. At the time, the plane was assumed to have crashed into the Mediterranean Sea and its nine crew members were classified as Missing in Action. In 1958 the nearly intact Lady Be Good was discovered 440 miles inland. Subsequent...
Topic: Stock Footage

As apparent in the screen shot above this video is not about the "Lady Be Good" but instead a...

PeriscopeFilm
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite Aug 1, 2018
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For whatever reason, despite showing many models of planes, the producers do not reference any...

Produced by the U.S. Army Air Force's Wright Field during WWII, this pilot training film gives an overview of basic aircraft instruments. These include the artificial horizon, gyro compass, oil and temperature gauges, manifold pressure, RPM, rate of climb indicator, turn and bank indicator, air speed indicator, flight indicator, suction and pressure gauges, cowl flap position, air temperature, etc. At 4:30 , the navigator's instruments are also shown including a drift meter, compass, altimeter...
Topic: Stock Footage

For whatever reason, despite showing many models of planes, the producers do not reference any...

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favoritefavoritefavorite Jan 7, 2018
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Good shot of Martin B-26 Marauder as test platform for JATO packs. Begins at 1:00.

Made in 1945 after the German surrender, this WWII combat bulletin was produced by the Army Air Forces. It shows various combat scenes and developments, starting with the use of JATO bottles for aircraft at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. At  1:40 , bomb damage is seen at Mainz, Germany including extensive damage to the city's railway terminals and electric power plant. At  2:20 , Worms Germany is seen almost entirely decimated by bomb strikes, although the cathedral is seen relatively intact....
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition

Good shot of Martin B-26 Marauder as test platform for JATO packs. Begins at 1:00.

Educational Films
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite Jan 12, 2017
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An anti-war essay by Andy Rooney of 60 Minutes fame. This is from 1971 when he was 52 years old. He...

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE STUDY GUIDE FOR THIS FILM "Some historians think that war is nothing more than an inexorable cycle in human society, or others think that war is nothing more than a disease that would find some cause like the ideals of each leader to see his nation respected and At present we are acting for and assume a hegemony in power over others." Originally created for the TV series 60 Minutes, but unaired because creator Rooney objected to the way the producer wanted to...
Topics: war, essay, warfare, rooney, andrew a,

An anti-war essay by Andy Rooney of 60 Minutes fame. This is from 1971 when he was 52 years old. He...

Cinemocracy
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Nowadays most WWII documentaries are on the History Channel and reuse the same clips over and over....

"The Fighting Lady," directed by William Wyler, provides a portrait of life on a World War II aircraft carrier, a vessel that is "enormous, wonderful, and strange to us." After profiling the various activities of the soldiers' day and following the ship's voyage through the Panama Canal, the film takes the audience through a litany of actual combat engagements. The Fighting Lady participates in a strike on the Marcus Islands, then defends itself against a surprise nighttime...

Nowadays most WWII documentaries are on the History Channel and reuse the same clips over and over....

Short Format Films
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Its been a few weeks since I watched it but I was impressed by the gun camera footage and the...

A documentary about the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter bomber and its use in missions over Italy during the 2nd World War.
Topics: WWII, Documentary, Short, William Wyler

Its been a few weeks since I watched it but I was impressed by the gun camera footage and the...

1950s Classic TV
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite Apr 29, 2013
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I saw Ted Knight in the final credits and could not figure out which character he was. Fortunately...

One Step Beyond: Tidal Wave Season 3 Episode 1 First Aired 8/30/1960
Topics: One Step Beyond, Classic TV

I saw Ted Knight in the final credits and could not figure out which character he was. Fortunately...

Feature Films
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite Apr 28, 2013
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This was great film for a WWII air enthusiast such as myself. It showed close-up many of the...

Military training film in which an instructor takes a new B-17 bomber pilot through preflight inspections of the aircraft and preparation for departure.
Topics: WWII, Training Film, B-17

This was great film for a WWII air enthusiast such as myself. It showed close-up many of the...

Ephemeral VHS
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite Apr 23, 2013
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This is a great collection of films that detail many of the things that are normally mentioned as...

Compilation of World War II-era pilot training films.
Topics: vhs, aircraft, world war II, fighter pilots

This is a great collection of films that detail many of the things that are normally mentioned as...