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The Cold War: A Battle Of Ideologies
The alliance of war-time convenience between the United States and the USSR begins to freeze as World War II winds down into a new reality; The Cold War. Our Public Domain Stock Footage titles highlight events in the continuous confrontation between the political ideologies of Democracy and Communism, the "Iron Curtain" splitting Europe in half and a slate of proxy wars both large and small.
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7TH ARMY IN POSTWAR GERMANY
The American 7th Army on alert in post-war West Germany, training exercises, family life and leisure.
(public domain films) BW 28 min
cold war events public domain stock footage
A-5 HEAT SEEKER MISSILE
AMC Engineering Division film report on the A5 heat seeking infrared-guided missile. Shown are the nose section and various parts; cutaway drawing of central system.
(public domain films) 1960's BW 12min
cold war events public domain stock footage
AERIAL ANTI-SUBMARINE WARFARE
U.S. Navy Training Film teaching the proper methods of aerial ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) from detection to proper weapon selection to optimal angle of attack.
(public domain films) 1955 BW 18min
cold war events public domain stock footage
AFTERMATH OF WORLD WAR II
Documents the period and events between the end of WWII in 1945 and the change in the United States Foreign Policy with the Truman Doctrine of containment of Communist expansion in 1947 that sets the stage for the Cold War.
(public domain films) 1940's-1950's BW 24min
cold war events public domain stock footage
AIRSHIP RESERVE STORY - LAKEHURST, NEW JERSEY
Unedited footage of US Navy Airships or Blimps operating out of Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey, launchings and landings with aerial footage.
(public domain films) 1954 BW 12min (SILENT)
cold war events public domain stock footage
ARMY AVIATION: 1950's - FORT RUCKER ALABAMA
The state of Army Aviation is depicted at Fort Rucker Alabama home of the Army Aviation School for flight training.
(public domain films) 1950s BW 26 min
cold war events public domain stock footage
ARMY MEDICINE
AMERICAN REVOLUTION TO KOREAN WAR

From the American Revolutionary War to the Korean War, this film documents the story of "Army Medicine" and the exploits of members of the Army Medical Service.
(public domain films) 1950s BW 28 min
cold war events public domain stock footage
ARMY NURSE, THE - SOLDIER OF MERCY
Documenting the Army Nurse from their inception in Colonial times to the Anzio beachhead in WWII, during the Korean War, and to their service in Vietnam.
(public domain films) 1960s BW 28 min
cold war events public domain stock footage
ARMY REPORTS - #10
- Tropospheric Scatter Communication Site
- Irradiation of Food
- Tunnel Rats In Vietnam
(public domain films) 1960s COL 26 min
cold war events public domain stock footage
ARMY REPORTS - #12
- Missile Battery ARADCOM Air Defense
- Central Training Institute VietnamCivilian Training
- Combat Photographers Vietnam In The Field
- AUSA Convention Washington D.C. Latest Military Weapons
(public domain films) 1960s COL 27 min
cold war events public domain stock footage
ARMY REPORTS - #29
- Pentagon Telecommunication Center
- Army Enlisted Efficiency Reporting System
- Army Correctional Training Facility
(public domain films) 1960s COL 28 min
Public Domain Stock Footage Cold War Events
ATLAS ICBM 1961
Deployment of the SM-65 Atlas Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), production facility and test launchings.
(public domain films) 00000
cold war events public domain stock footage
BERLIN AIR LIFT - OPERATION VITTLES OUTTAKES
Unedited outtakes of the Berlin Airlift documenting Operation Vittles to supply Berlin with food, medical supplies and other necessities, after Russian troops close off the city creating a major Cold War International crisis.
(public domain films) 1948-1949 BW 34min (SILENT)
cold war events public domain stock footage
BERLIN - A DIVIDED CITY
Cold War footage of East Germany closing the border between East and West Berlin as workers under the watchful eye of East German troops begin to install barbed-wire fencing and entanglements the original Berlin Wall later to be replaced with permanent concrete block walls.
(public domain films) 1961 BW 14min (SILENT)
cold war events public domain stock footage
BERLIN WALL, THE
Unedited color footage of The Berlin Wall or Wall of Shame erected by Soviet regime with scenes of the Cold War icon of Checkpoint Charlie, the wall itself topped with razor wire, East German Border Guards, aerial views of the wall, abandoned building with every window bricked up.
(public domain films) 1962 COL 10min (SILENT)
cold war events public domain stock footage
FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL 1989
The fall of the Berlin Wall as East and West Germans use jackhammers to break through to become united once again.
(public domain films) 1989 COL 20min
cold war events public domain stock footage
THE BIG LIE - THE TRUE FACE OF COMMUNISM
Anti-communist propaganda film exposes the Big Lie of Hitler and Nazi Germany and Joseph Stalin and the Communist Russia.
(public domain films) 1950s BW 19 min
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CANADIAN ARMY, THE - HISTORY AND TRADITION
Traces the history of the Canadian Army from the middle of the 18th century to The 1950’s.
(public domain films) 1950s BW 28 min
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CHALLENGE OF IDEAS
Discussion and illustratration of the conflict between Democratic and Communist philosophies during the cold war.
(public domain films) 1940s- 1950s BW 29 min
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CIVIL DEFENSE ALERT - TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY
Cold War footage of a Red Alert Civil Defense Drill in New York City with NYPD directing traffic and moving New Yorkers off the street and into the subways while in Minneapolis a Thunderbolt Civil Defense siren sounds off and for training purposes a house is set fire by Civil Defense authorities.
(public domain films) 1950's BW 8min (SILENT)
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COMMUNICATION ZONE
LOGISTICS IN WESTERN EUROPE

Documenting the U.S. Army's vast logistical network that supplies and equip an entire army on assignment in Western Europe during the Cold War years.
(public domain films) 1950s COL 28min
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COMMUNIST AGGRESSION - FROM MOSCOW TO MEKONG
A warning to the people of Thailand about Communist Colonialism and insidious effects it has on Thailand and changes Communism has wrought in other countries and what awaits Thailand in the future.
(public domain films) 1960's BW 31min
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COMMUNIST IMPERIALISM
MARCH TOWARD TYRANNY

The history and rise of Communism in Europe, the Communist Manifesto, its leaders such as Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev as well the rise of Communism in China and North Korea.
(public domain films) 1961 BW 34min
COMMUNIST PARTY USA - MISC. MATERIAL
Protest activities of the Communist Party in the U.S., FBI arrest of Communist leadership and trial for violating the Smith Act.
(public domain films) 1950 BW 6min
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COMMUNIST PROPAGANDA AND
THE AGITATOR FOR REVOLUTION

The aim of Communist propaganda, used by the Soviet Union, is to advance the ideology of Communism, destroy Capitalism, and promote the interests of the communist movement worldwide.
(public domain films) BW 19 min
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CUBAN CRISIS 1962
Cold War tensions are ratcheted up to DEFCON 2 and 3 as the U.S., using aerial reconnaissance, have photographic proof that the Soviet Union is preparing to emplace medium-ranged nuclear missiles in Cuba.
(public domain films) 1962 BW 6min
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CUBAN CRISIS - MISSILES REMOVED 1962
After a 13-day confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union and Cuba, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev orders the removal of offensive missiles from Cuba.
(public domain films) 1962 BW 8min
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DEFEATED PEOPLE, A - BRITISH OCCUPATION ZONE
German life in the Allied Occupation Government in the British Zone of a post-war Germany divided into areas of occupation by the victorious Allied Nations.
(public domain films) 1946 BW 29 min
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FIDEL CASTRO - CUBAN REBELS TAKE OVER
Scenes from the Cuban Revolution as future dictator Fidel Castro and his 26th of July rebel fighters enter Havana Cuba from their mountain camps after U.S. supported Dictator Fulgencio Batista flees the island Nation.
(public domain films) 1959 BW 3min
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FIDEL CASTRO - REVOLUTION BETRAYED PART-1
Unedited footage of the Cuban Communist Revolution led by Fidel Castro and his 26th of July Movement which propelled Fidel Castro's rise to power and establishment of the Communist Socialist State in Cuba.
(public domain films) 1950's BW 6min (SILENT)
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FIDEL CASTRO - REVOLUTION BETRAYED PART-2
Rebel Cuban forces under the command of Fidel Castro raids Panama and Haiti while inciting violent leftist revolution in other Latin American Countries.
(public domain films) 1959 BW 6min
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FIDEL CASTRO - RISE TO POWER
This film is made up of several silent segments documenting events in Cuba as Castro makes his bid to take control.
(public domain films) Late 1950's - 1960's 16 min BW
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FIDEL CASTRO AND CUBA - WORLD VERDICT
In 1959 many Latin American leaders hailed Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution, but by 1963 the verdict was Castro had sold out to the Soviet Union and the Cuban Communist Party.
(public domain films) 1963 BW 27 min
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FOUNDING OF UNITED NATIONS - SAN FRANCISCO 1945
The founding of the U.N. United Nations in San Francisco as delegates from around the World gather to create an organization to promote international co-operation and mediation of disputes.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 16min
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GEORGIA NUCLEAR LABORATORY
COLD WAR TEST FACILITY

Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory, also known as Air Force Plant No. 67 (AFP No. 67), was a Lockheed Test Facility located near Dawsonville Georgia that investigated the feasibility of nuclear or atomic powered aircraft flight.
(public domain films) 1960s COL 11min
cold war events public domain stock footage
HUNGARIAN FREEDOM
Hungarian freedom fighters dramatically filmed from the bloody streets of Budapest, through the border escape routes into Austria and finally to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey.
(public domain films) 1950s BW 26 min
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HUNGARIAN REVOLUTION - THE AFTERMATH
Documents the aftermath in Budapest Hungary following the Hungarian Revolution of October 1956 from the damage and destruction to the emotion of its people.
(public domain films) 1956 BW 60 min (SILENT)
cold war events public domain stock footage
JAPAN - PARTNERS IN FREEDOM
Unedited footage by the U.S. Air Force of military aircraft and scenes of Tokyo Japan in the mid 1950's. Shows many different models of U.S. military aircraft taking of and in flight.
(public domain films) 1956 COL 26 min
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JAPAN - ROAD TO DEMOCRACY
Scenes of the ruins in Hiroshima after the drop of an Atomic Bomb, the reconstruction of Post-WWII Japan with the introduction of Democratic Elections and ideals.
(public domain films) 1948 BW 11min
cold war events public domain stock footage
JAPANESE SELF-DEFENSE FORCES
FORMATION OF THE JSDF

Japanese and American governments recognize the need for Japan to have self-defense military capabilities.
(public domain films) 1950s BW 26 min
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JOURNEY ACROSS BERLIN
Documents the West's position on defense of Berlin beginning at the end of WW II and throughout the Cold War.
(public domain films) 1961 20 min BW
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LIFE IN BERLIN - 1945
Scenes of post-WWII Berlin Germany after occupation by Allied Forces in 1945 and The Potsdam Conference in Germany July 17, 1945.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 7min (SILENT)
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MAY DAY CELEBRATIONS - EAST BLOC COUNTRIES
Unedited footage celebrating International Workers Day or May Day with parades, marching workers passing in review for communist leaders in Moscow and others of the Eastern Bloc.
(public domain films) 1952 BW 8min
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MEETING THE TERRORIST THREAT
With the escalation of terrorism on an international scale in the late 60's, early 70's, terrorist infiltration becomes a concern.
(public domain films) 1970's 8 min COL
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MILITARY ASSISTANCE ADVISORY GROUP
FOCUS ON THE MIDDLE EAST

Documents how American Army Military Assistance Groups help train the soldiers of Ethiopia, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan.
(public domain films) 1950s BW 27 min
cold war events public domain stock footage
NATO
In 1949 twelve nations joined to gather to form the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to counter Soviet aggression.
(public domain films) 1949 BW 28 min
Public Domain Stock Footage Turn Of The Century Films
NATO - ALLIANCE FOR PEACE
A detailed history of NATO from the events post-WWII that led to its creation in the Cold War era.
(public domain films) 1950s BW 39min
cold war events public domain stock footage
NAVY SCREEN HIGHLIGHTS 1961
NASA - Mercury Space Project, Bendix Trophy Speed Records, USS Kitty Hawk & USS Bainbridge Enter Service, SEATO Pony Express Exercise, DASH Drone Helicopter, Navy Chuting Stars Skydiving Team, Skyhook Aerial Retrieval.
(public domain films) 1961 BW 14min
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NOT FOR CONQUEST - FACING COMMUNIST AGGRESSION
As the Cold War heats up during the 1960's, America re-evaluates it weapons inventory as well as developing advanced weaponry to combat the threat of Communist aggression.
(public domain films) 1960's COL 28min
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OPERATION ABOLITION
STORY OF COMMUNISM IN ACTION

A Department Of Justice film exposes to the American People a plot by the Communist Party in America to abolish The House Committee on Un-American Activities supported by University of Berkley students and other leftist agitators.
(public domain films) 1960 BW 42min
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OPERATION BLUE JAY
With Communist aggression threatening America builds a huge air base at Thule Greenland as part of an early warning system.
(public domain films) 1950s 28 min BW
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OPERATION PORTREX - 1950
Joint Airborne and Amphibious training exercise off Puerto Rico on the eve of the Korean War.
(public domain films) 1950 BW 10min (SILENT)
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OTHER PARIS, THE - COMMUNISM "JAMAIS"
Anti-Communist propaganda film of Paris France in the late 1940’s depicting the Communist Party's attempt to exert control over all aspects of Paris society.
(public domain films) Late 1940's BW 29 min
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PANAMA CANAL ZONE
Documents US Forces in the Panama Canal Zone protecting this vital waterway and covers some of the more interesting aspects of life and sites in the Republic of Panama in the 1950’s.
(public domain films) 1950s BW 25 min
cold war events public domain stock footage
PENTAGON REPORT 1962 - COLD WAR EVENTS
1962 was a year of crisis in Asia, Berlin, and Cuba. The Pentagon Report tells how our Armed Forces meet every challenge and how Communism's guerrilla wars are being combated through counterinsurgency.
(public domain films) 1962 COL 28 min
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PHANTOM FIGHTERS - TRAINING THE GREEN BERET
The Army forms the secret Tenth Special Forces Group, also known as Green Berets to wage unconventional warfare.
(public domain films) 1950s BW 27 min
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POST WWII - THE CHANGED FACE OF EUROPE
World War II leaves Europe in ruins, unrest and chaos of this postwar period, Stalin and the Communist form of government gained control over many struggling countries in Europe.
(public domain films) Mid-1940s - 1950s BW 28 min
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PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY - BERLIN WALL VISIT
President John F. Kennedy delivers his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" ( I am a berliner) speech denouncing Communism on June 26, 1963 in Rudolph Wilde Platz in West Berlin. Excellent scenes of the Berlin Wall.
(public domain films) 1963 COL 8min
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PROJECT EXCELSIOR
FREE FALL FROM EDGE OF SPACE

Project Excelsior was a series of tests for what equipment will be needed and how to handle high-altitude parachute jump near the stratosphere in case of emergency.
(public domain films) 1959-1960 COL (SILENT)
cold war events public domain stock footage
ROAD TO THE BERLIN WALL
HISTORY OF COMMUNISM

From St. Petersburg Russia in 1905 to Cuba and Berlin today this film tells an ominous history of Soviet Communism.
(public domain films) 1905 - 1959 BW 28 min
Public Domain Stock Footage International Travel
RP-71 FALCONER DRONE
EARLY SURVEILLANCE DRONE

Unedited footage of the RP-71 Falconer Drone and early surveillance drone for the U.S. Army.
(public domain films) 1955 BW 8min
Public Domain Stock Footage Cold War Events
RUSSIAN FLEET - MEDITERRANEAN OPERATIONS
Russian Naval Group conducts operations in the Mediterranean shadowed by the U.S. Navy.
(public domain films) 1969 - 1970 COL 11 min (SILENT)
cold war events public domain stock footage
SEATO - OPERATION SADDLE-UP
Southeast Asia Treaty Organization SEATO conducts a large military exercise in British North Borneo with the participation of forces from the United States and Britain.
(public domain films) 1959 BW 10min (SILENT)
Public Domain Stock Footage Cold War Events
SEATO - PONY EXPRESS EXERCISE
By sea and air six thousand SEATO troops assaulted the shores of British North Borneo supported by 60 ships and 100 planes in an amphibious exercise code-named Pony Express.
(public domain films) 1961 BW 12min (SILENT)
Public Domain Stock Footage Cold War Events
SHIELD OF FREEDOM - EARLY WARNING
With the danger of Soviet Ballistic Missiles and Long-Range Bombers the U.S. technology to detect those threats becomes more sophisticated during the Cold War.
(public domain films) 1960's COL 11min (SILENT)
Public Domain Stock Footage Cold War Events
SOLDIER IN FRANCE - COLD WAR STORY
In the Cold War of the 1950's the United States built a supply route across France to the western sector of Germany. This film documents that story and the history of co-operation between France and the United States.
(public domain films) 1950s BW 25 min
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SOVIET AIRCRAFT AND MISSILES 1960's
Military might of the Soviet Union is on display with scenes of the Tu-16 Badger Bomber, MYA-4 Bison Bomber, Tu-95 Bear Bomber, Tu-22 Blinders Supersonic Bomber, MiG-25 Foxbat Fighter and more.
(public domain films) 1960's COL 20min (SILENT)
cold war events public domain stock footage
SOVIET MILITARY PARADE - MISSILE AND ARMOR MIGHT
Unedited footage of a Soviet Military Parade of Russian missiles and armour past the Kremlin in Moscow in 1974.
(public domain films) 1974 COL 6min (SILENT)
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SOVIETS - EARLY SPACE PROGRAMS
Unedited footage of the early Soviet Union, CCCP, space programs, May Day Parade, Laika The Russian Space Dog.
(public domain films) COL 28 min (SILENT)
cold war events public domain stock footage
SOVIETS IN SPACE - PART III
Unedited footage of the early Soviet Space Program with scenes of Baikonur Cosmodrome, Russian Cosmonaut, Giant Dish Antennas, Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, Soviet Air Force Officers, Red Square, Technician working on the Soviet Sputnik, Three Russian space dogs Albina, Laika and Mushka and more.
(public domain films) 1950's COL 51min
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SOVIET UNION - COLD WAR OPERATIONS
Various measures including espionage, disinformation, bribery, forgery, and overall 'dirty tricks' employed by Russia to further its aims and to spread Communism.
(public domain films) 1984 COL 34 min
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STRICTLY PERSONAL - WACS IN THE MILITARY
Army training film describes the indoctrination for new Women Army Corp (WAC) trainees with emphasis on high standards of personal hygiene, good grooming, good health and proper conduct.
(public domain films) 1964 BW 29 Min
cold war events public domain stock footage
SUBMARINE USS THRESHER (SSN-593)
Various scenes of the nuclear submarine USS Thresher breaking surface and running at high speed which in 1963 became the first U.S. submarine to sink with all hands lost.
(public domain films) 1962 COL 4min
cold war events public domain stock footage
TARGET DRONES - PAVE DEUCE PROGRAM
Unedited footage to convert obsolete General Dynamics F-102A Delta Dagger interceptor aircraft to unmanned target drones under the Pave Deuce program.
(public domain films) 1973 COL 3min (SILENT)
cold war events public domain stock footage
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TENTH ANNIVERSARY - VOICE OF AMERICA
President Eisenhower and other high Government officials observes the tenth anniversary of the Smith-Mundt Act permanently establishing the Voice of America.
(public domain films) 1958 BW 16 min
cold war events public domain stock footage
UNITED NATIONS - WORLD DISPUTES 1950
Created at the end of World War II, the United Nations is immediately put to the test in a myriad of international disputes.
(public domain films) 1950 21 min BW
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U.S. COAST GUARD - PORT SECURITY
Documents the port security program of the U.S. Coast Guard. Shows New York harbor, ships being loaded with material, and different sabotage techniques are demonstrated.
(public domain films) 1955 29 min COL
cold war events public domain stock footage
U.S. MISSILE AND MILITARY MIGHT
US military weapons in 1962 with a special highlight on new missile technology as well as US ground and air weapons.
(public domain films) 1962 COL 21 min
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SOVIET WAR IN AFGHANISTAN, THE
Documenting the Soviet War in Afghanistan also known as the Soviet-Afghan War or the Invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union in 1980.
(public domain films) 1980 COL 29 min
cold war events public domain stock footage
UNITED STATES - SOVIET UNION
SUMMIT MEETINGS

Summit meetings between the USA and the USSR touching on the topics of Arms Control, Regional Issues, Bilateral Issues, Perestroika and Human Rights with scenes of President Ronald Reagan and President Mikhail Gorbachev.
(public domain films) 1987 COL 21min
cold war events public domain stock footage
WE ARE AFGHANISTAN 1984
Documents the situation inside and outside of Afghanistan. Flashback to 1979 when Russia invaded Afghanistan.
(public domain films) 1984 21 min COL
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WEST BERLIN STRUGGLE - BASTION OF FREEDOM
West Berlin lies one hundred miles into Soviet controlled East Germany; and its struggle to remain free of Communist control.
(public domain films) 1930s - 1950s BW 28 min
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WORLD TROUBLE SPOTS - THE COMMUNIST MENACE
The late 1950's and early 1960's were the Years of Menace as our Nation was called on to face the challenge of Communist aggression in many areas of the world.
(public domain films) Late 1950s early 1960s BW 28 min
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YOU'RE THE TARGET! COMMUNIST SPIES AND YOU
No matter your rank or duty you have information that Communist spies want and it is up to you to be aware of their methods.
(public domain films) 1968 15 min BW
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