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World War II: The European Theater
After the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, America enters the war after declaring war on Japan. Germany and Italy support their ally Japan by declaring war on the U.S. In the European Theater which includes the Atlantic, Mediterranean and North Africa, the Allied powers paid dearly for victory.
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29TH COMBAT INFANTRY DIVISION
The history of the U.S. 29th Combat Infantry Division from its beginning as a Colonial Militia to honors in World War II.
(public domain films) 1950s 28 min BW
World War II public domain stock footage
50,000 GERMAN PRISONERS IN ALLIED INTERNMENT CAMPS
Unedited footage of surrendered German Wehrmacht in an Allied internment camp in Miesenheim Germany with German prisoners loaded in railway box cars being transferred by train.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 8min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
ADOLF HITLER IN SUDETENLAND 1938
Scenes of German leader Adolf Hitler as he visits the Sudetenland in 1938 as he meets with various Nazi leaders and takes in the adoration of German citizenry and tours the city standing up waving in a convertible car.
(public domain films) 1938 BW 3min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
ALLIED BOMBERS OVER FRANCE
USAAF Eighth Air Force B-26 Marauder and B-17 Flying Fortress Bombers in various missions attack Axis targets over France while in Italy General George S. Marshall, Major General Lucas and Lt. General Mark Clark survey the Italian Front.
(public domain films) 1943 BW 10min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
ALLIED OFFENSIVE - NORTH AFRICA 1943
British and American military forces mount a campaign against North Africa with landings from Casablanca to Algiers.
(public domain films) 1943 16 min BW
World War II public domain stock footage
AMERICAN FORCES - FRENCH MOROCCO, N. AFRICA
Unedited color footage of American troops under the command of Lt. Gen. George Patton arrives on troop ship at Port Lyautey, French Morocco, North Africa in 1942. Scenes of American and French Officers and miscellaneous scenes in French Morocco.
(public domain films) 1942 COL 24min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
AMERICAN TROOPS IN GERMANY 1945
Unedited footage of American troops moving through Germany March 24-April 8, 1945.
(public domain films) 1945 COL 18min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
ARMY AIR FORCE ALERTS: 1942 - VOLUME 1
Events and news stories about new weapons systems and training from the Army Air Force during World War II.
(public domain films) 1942 BW 30 min
World War II public domain stock footage
ARMY AIR FORCE ALERTS: 1942 - VOLUME 2
Events and news stories about new weapons systems and training from the Army Air Force during World War II.
(public domain films) 1942 BW 19 min
World War II public domain stock footage
ARMY AIR FORCES
TAKING THE FIGHT TO THE ENEMY

General H.H. Arnold introduces this film that documents the world-wide activities of the Army Air Forces in WWII and explains the training activities and the formation of the fighting units.
(public domain films) 1940's BW 42 min
World War II public domain stock footage
ARMY - NAVY SCREEN MAGAZINE: 1944 - ISSUE 32
- Invasion Fleet And Allied Forces Ready For D-Day
(public domain films) 1944 BW 9min
World War II Military Newsreels public domain stock footage
ARMY NURSES AT BENGHAZI
Unedited footage of WWII Army Nurses stationed at the 15th Field Hospital near Benghazi Libya during the North Africa campaign.
(public domain films) 1940's BW 3min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
ARMY'S FIRST, THE - WWI AND WWII COMBAT
The battlefield history of the United States First Army with scenes of the battle of Saint-Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in WW I, landing on the beaches of Normandy, the drive across France and the First Army fighting its way into Germany to meet the Russians at the Elbe River in WW II.
(public domain films) 1917 - 1945 BW 28 min
World War I public domain stock footage
ARTILLERY - KING OF BATTLE
History of the development of U.S. Army field artillery from the cannon used by Washington in 1775 to the big guns and battlefield missiles of today.
(public domain films) BW 26 min
World War II public domain stock footage
AT THE FRONT IN NORTH AFRICA
Color footage of the Desert War waged in the North African Campaign against the German Afrika Korps Panzer tanks with actual tank battlefield scenes in Tunisia.
(public domain films) 1942 COL 42 min
World War II public domain stock footage
AXIS SNEAK CRAFT
ATTACKING ALLIED SHIPS IN HARBOR

In WWII Germany and Italy used four types of “sneak craft” to deliver explosive warheads to destroy Allied ships in a harbor and to destroy waterway locks.
(public domain films) 1940s BW 28min
Public Domain Stock Footage Axis Sneak Craft
B-17 BOMBERS - SHUTTLE MISSIONS TO GERMANY
The first shuttle bombing mission where B-17 Bombers bomb targets in Germany, fly on to North Africa, re-arm and bomb targets in Germany again before landing back in England.
(public domain films) 1943 COL 9min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
B-24 LIBERATORS OVER EUROPE
Spotlight on various B-24 Liberator missions over Europe with numerous scenes showing bombing, bomb damage, and fires.
(public domain films) 1942 - 1945 BW 21 min
World War II public domain stock footage
BATTLE IN FRANCE 1944
CARENTAN AND ST. MERE-EGLISE

Unedited scenes of the 327th Glider Infantry Regiment and the 101st Airborne Division in and around Carentan France and St. Mere-Eglise France.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 11min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
BATTLE FOR CASSINO
Allied forces attempt to take the town of Cassino, Italy using waves of B-17 bombers and massive artillery barrages.
(public domain films) 1944 10 min BW
World War II public domain stock footage
BATTLE OF BRITAIN
WWII Britain stands alone against an overwhelming German Blitz designed to wear down British defenses to the point that a Nazi invasion of England would be successful.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 53min
World War II public domain stock footage
BATTLE OF NAPLES - 1943
Unedited battle scenes in Italy as troops fight from street to street supported by close-air support.
(public domain films) 1943 BW 11min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
BATTLE OF RUSSIA
Early history of Russia and various invaders, World War I then on to World War II and the German Blitzkrieg to the gates of Moscow, the Siege At Leningrad, fierce fighting at Stalingrad to a massive Russian counter-offensive that begins pushing the Germans back and eventually defeating them..
(public domain films) 1945 BW (10 reels = 83 min)
World War II public domain stock footage
BATTLE OF SAN PIETRO
Directed and Narrated by: JOHN HUSTON
Documents the battle in the Liri Valley, Italy 1943, unmatched in evoking the physicality and human price of armed conflict.
(public domain films) 1945 40 min BW
World War II public domain stock footage
BATTLE OF THE BULGE - THE ENEMY STRIKES
December 1944, an ambitious counteroffensive is launched with the objective of forcing the Allies to settle for a negotiated peace.
(public domain films) 1944 11 min BW
World War II public domain stock footage
BATTLEFIELDS OF YESTERDAY
Flashback to the major battles of World War II and scenes of those locations as they look today.
(public domain films) 1954 28 min BW
World War II public domain stock footage
BEACHHEAD TO BERLIN
Actions of the U.S. Coast Guard in WWII England in preparation of Operation Overlord the D-Day invasion of Europe with the securing of beachheads along the Normandy Coast.
(public domain films) 1944 COL 21min
World War II public domain stock footage
BENITO MUSSOLINI: IN DEATH - 1945
Italian Communist partisans display the mutilated bodies of Benito Mussolini, mistress Clara Petacciother Italian Fascists.
(public domain films) 1945 6 min BW (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
BERLIN GERMANY 1945 - POST WAR CLEAN-UP
Clean up and reconstruction of Berlin Germany after WWII detailing the damage and destruction of the city and the clean up by citizen brigades and Rubble Women.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 10min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
BERLIN-POTSDAM CONFERENCE 1945
With the Allies victorious in WWII, The Big Three - President Harry S. Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill replaced by the new Prime Minister Clement Attlee and Soviet Dictator Joseph Stalin gather in Potsdam Germany to negotiate terms for a post-WWII World.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 21min
World War II public domain stock footage
BIG RED ONE, THE
Film has two parts; part 1 is the American Soldier and part 2 is the battles fought by the 1st Infantry division or Big Red One in World War II.
(public domain films) 1940's - 1950's BW 28 min
Public Domain Stock Footage The Big Picture The Big Red One
BUCHENWALD CONCENTRATION CAMP
LIBERATION - VOLUME 1

Unedited footage shot four days after Buchenwald Concentration Camp was liberated by the U.S. Army.
(public domain films) 1945 COL 19min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
BUCHENWALD CONCENTRATION CAMP
LIBERATION - VOLUME 2

Unedited footage shot five days after Buchenwald Concentration Camp was liberated by the U.S. Army
(public domain films) 1945 COL 19min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
BUCHENWALD CONCENTRATION CAMP
U.S. SOLDIERS AND TANKS IN GERMANY

Unedited footage of various scenes of Buchenwald Concentration Camp and the survivors after liberation in April 1945. Footage of U.S. Soldiers and tanks advancing through Germany in March 1945.
(public domain films) 1945 COL 16min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
CAIRO CONFERENCE - ALLIED LEADERS MEET
Code-name Sextant, Allied leaders President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek gather In Cairo Egypt to discuss future war efforts against the Axis enemy.
(public domain films) 1945 8 min BW (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
CANADIAN 1ST ARMY - MOVING INTO GERMANY
Canadian 1st Army and their initial move into Germany in the winter of 1945 with close-ups of Canadian soldiers and tanks.
(public domain films) 1945 8 min BW (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
CANADIAN TROOPS
ORTONA, ITALY 1944

Combat troops from Canada as they conduct military operation in and round Ortona, Italy during World War Two.
(public domain films) 1944 10 min BW (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
CAPTURED GERMAN WWII FILM - VOLUME 1
Captured German WWII film documenting combat on land, sea and in the air as well as scenes of occupation and logistical operations in support of advancing German Forces in Europe.
(public domain films) 1940s BW 20 min
World War II public domain stock footage
CAPTURED GERMAN WWII FILM - VOLUME 2
Captured German WWII film documenting combat on land, sea and in the air as well as scenes of occupation and logistical operations in support of advancing German Forces in Europe.
(public domain films) 1940s BW 21 min
World War II public domain stock footage
CAPTURE OF BOLOGNA, ITALY
Combined American, British and Polish military forces liberate the city of Bologna Italy to the cheering of Italian civilians.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 9min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
CAPTURE OF GERMAN SUBMARINE U-505
The U.S. Navy makes American military history by capturing the German submarine U-505 on the open ocean.
(public domain films) 1944 15 min COL (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
CARRY THE FIGHT 1943
A compilation of WWII scenes from around the World such as Chinese troops marching along the Great Wall, Russian tank traveling at high speed in Stalingrad, fires burning in London, American factory workers entering defense plant and more.
(public domain films) 1943 BW 6min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
CHURCHILL'S ISLAND
WWII England fights off a massive aerial campaign of German bombers and fighters as German Dictator Adolf Hitler decides to use the Luftwaffe exclusively to degrade British defenses and destroy English morale before committing German forces to a sea invasion of Great Britain.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 20min
World War II public domain stock footage
COMBAT IN BASTOGNE
Encircled by the German Army during the Battle Of The Bulge, the 101st Airborne fight to survive in bitter Winter combat.
(public domain films) 1945 9 min BW (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
COMBAT OPERATIONS - THE CONSTANT REALITY
Combat scenes from WW II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Operation Urgent Fury (Invasion of Grenada), Operation Just Cause (Invasion of Panama), and Operation Desert Storm (Gulf War).
(public domain films) 9 min BW COL
World War II public domain stock footage
CONQUEST BY AIR - 1945
The WWII Allied air campaign of bombers and fighters in the European Theater with mass bombing runs agains Nazi industrial targets, fighters in air-to-air combat and strafing runs against enemy transportation and other targets of opportunity.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 21min
World War II public domain stock footage
CRETE - THE GERMAN OFFENSIVE
Documents the battle for the Island of Crete before America entered the war, between the British forces with limited artillery, tanks, and planes against superior German Forces.
(public domain films) 1941 BW 29 min
World War II public domain stock footage
D-DAY CONVOY TO NORMANDY
Documents the preparations by Allied Forces leading up to and including scenes of the D-Day invasion in Normandy.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 28 min
World War II public domain stock footage
D-DAY MINUS ONE
Tribute to the soldiers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and the 9th Troop Carrier Command and their critical role on June 5, 1944 that helped make the D-Day Normandy Invasion the following day a military success.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 16min
World War II public domain stock footage
DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP
Unedited footage and General coverage of the German prisoner of war, pow, concentration camp near Dachau, Germany.
(public domain films) 1940s COL 32 min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
DEPORTATION OF JEWS
DEATH TRAIN TO AUSCHWITZ

Shows Jewish men, women and children arriving in railroad cars and leaving in railway cars from a Nazi transit camp train station somewhere in German occupied Europe.
(public domain films) 1943 BW 2min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
DER FELDZUG IM ISTEN 1941 (CAMPAIGN IN THE EAST)
German invasion of Russian occupied Lithuania, collaborationist troops, Russian P.O.W.s.
(public domain films) 1941 BW 10 min
World War II public domain stock footage
DESERT VICTORY
The battle of El Alamein in 1942 halted Rommel’s eastward advance and lead to the retreat of the Afrika Korps. After months of build-up, British General Montgomery began an 80-day counter-offensive that culminated in the British capture of Tripoli and Rommel’s defeat in 1943.
(public domain films) 1943 62 min BW
World War II public domain stock footage
DIVIDE AND CONQUER
Documenting the start of WWII and the Nazi conquest of Western Europe beginning immediately after the fall of Poland to the capture of Paris France.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 57min
World War II public domain stock footage
ESCAPE FROM NAZI EUROPE 1940
American Export Lines establishes a Lisbon to New York route in which thousands of refugees flee Nazi Europe.
(public domain films) 1940 BW 6min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
EVA BRAUN HOME MOVIES
ADOLPH HITLER COLOR FOOTAGE

Vivid color home movies of German Dictator Adolf Hitler at his Eagle's Nest Retreat in the Bavarian Alps with scenes of Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun, Reichsfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler, Minister Of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler in full Nazi uniform and more.
(public domain films) 1940 COL 27 min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
FIELD MARSHAL ERWIN ROMMEL
IN NORTH AFRICA

German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel directing the German Afrika Korps campaign against the British 8th Army during WWII in North Africa.
(public domain films) 1942 BW 8min
World War II public domain stock footage
FIELD MARSHAL ERWIN ROMMEL
VISITS MAGDA GOEBBELS AND CHILDREN

German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel pays a visit to Magda Goebbels, wife of infamous Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels and her six children.
(public domain films) 1943 BW 12min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
FIGHT FOR THE SKY
US FIGHTER PILOTS vs LUFTWAFFE

Documenting life of a pilot in the 8th Air Force Fighter Command in Europe as they fly fighter sweeps and escort missions.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 41 min
World War II public domain stock footage
keywords: 8th air force fighter command, p-47 thunderbolt, p-51 mustang, focke-wulf 109, messerschmitt bf 109
FIGHTER KILLS IN EUROPE
GUN CAMERA FOOTAGE - 1944

Allied gun sight camera views of German fighters being shot down during dogfights as well as strafing runs on ground targets.
(public domain films) 12 min BW
World War II public domain stock footage
FINLAND FIGHTS - 1940
Known as the Winter War, Russia attacks Finland, who then appeals to the American public to support the Finnish war effort and relief fund.
(public domain films) 1940 BW 6min
World War II public domain stock footage
FRENCH CAMPAIGN 1944, THE
General Bernard Montgomery launching Operation COBRA to break out from the Normandy beachhead.
(public domain films) 1945 15 min BW
World War II public domain stock footage
GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON
Documenting the life of General George S. Patton who lived for action and glory and is a study in duty, patriotism, and loyalty to his country and his men.
(public domain films) BW 28 min
World War II public domain stock footage
GERMAN ATROCITIES
The horrific reality of the Holocaust as the German Final Solution was implemented and documented in the following camps of Hannover, Arnstadt, Mauthausen, Buchenwald, Dachau and Belsen.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 35min
World War II public domain stock footage
GERMAN COLONIES IN SOUTH AMERICA
German colonists in Argentina 1935-1937; Scenes of German-owned businesses, the role of the NSDAP Nazi Party, boys and girls of the Hitler Youth Movement, Nazi Flag and Argentina Flag flying together.
(public domain films) 1935-1937 BW 30min
World War II public domain stock footage
GERMAN INVASION OF RUSSIA
German combat films used to document the WWII invasion of Russia, codename Operation Barbarossa as German forces unleashes it Blitzkrieg tactics.
(public domain films) 1941 BW 18min
GERMAN NEWS NO. 8
WWII German U-Boat Attack, King Christian X Of German Occupied Denmark, Coal Mining In Saar Region Of Germany.
(public domain films) 1942 BW 6min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
GERMAN NEWSREEL - EXCERPTS 1942
German U-Boat (submarine) in action, General Rommel and the Afrika Korpsin North Africa, German railroad gun fired against Leningrad, German troops stop a combined Russian air and ground attack.
(public domain films) 1942 BW 8min
World War II public domain stock footage
GERMAN SS TROOPS EVICT JEWS
AND PALESTINE 1935

German Schutzstaffel SS troops evict Jewish citizens from their homes and business plus scenes of Palestine in 1935.
(public domain films) 1935 21 min BW (SOUND - SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
GERMAN WEEKLY NEWS: 1941 - 1942
Variety of German war footage from airborne troops and artillery in Italy to German air and ground forces fighting in Russia.
(public domain films) 10 min BW
World War II public domain stock footage
GERMAN WEEKLY NEWS: 1943
Nazi Dictator Adolph Hitler Meets King Boris III of Bulgaria, Scenes of the Hitler Youth, German Naval Units Make Port In Japan, Russian Eastern Front and Nazi Troops In Italy.
(public domain films) 1943 BW 19min
World War II public domain stock footage
GERMAN NEWS: NO. 34 - 1943
Variety of German war footage from Coastal guns to naval engagements to submarine combat against surface ships.
(public domain films) 1943 9 min BW (GERMAN LANGUAGE)
World War II public domain stock footage
GERMAN TORPEDO AND E-BOAT MANEUVERS
German sailors in naval training for handling weapons and equipment aboard German Torpedo and E-Boats in the North Sea.
(public domain films) 1936 8 min BW (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
GERMAN U-BOAT - FROM SHIPYARD TO COMBAT
Unedited footage of German U-Boats under construction in a shipyard and in combat against Allied shipping in the North Atlantic 1942.
(public domain films) 1942 BW 6min
World War II public domain stock footage
GERMANIC VOLUNTEERS WAFFEN SS
GERMAN PROPAGANDA FILM

German Army in action, training camp for Foreign Nationals into the Waffen SS; volunteers are Dutch, Norwegian, and Danish.
(public domain films) 1941 BW 11min
World War II public domain stock footage
HITLER'S SECRET WEAPONS
Development and deployment of of German V-1 and V-2 rockets against the allies during World War II.
(public domain films) 1940s 18 min BW (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
IN DEFENSE OF PEACE
International events since the end of World War Two such as the formation of the United Nations and the rise of Communism.
(public domain films) 1951 22 min BW
The Korean War public domain stock footage
INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA
MOHNE DAM - HAMM, GERMANY

American 103rd Infantry Division liberates Innsbruck, Austria, plus the Mohne Dam near Hamm Germany documenting the defensive works to deter air and water attacks.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 8min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
INVASION OF EUROPE: NORMANDY - VOLUME 1
Unedited footage of operations after the Invasion Of Normandy with scenes of the Omaha beachhead, transferring of supplies from ship to land, policing of the beach and surrounding waters.
(public domain films) 1944 COL 6min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
INVASION OF EUROPE: NORMANDY - VOLUME 2
Unedited footage of operations after the Invasion Of Normandy with scenes of cargo being transferred to smaller ships, patrolling of waters against attacks by sea and air, first aid rendered to wounded soldiers.
(public domain films) 1944 COL 8min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
INVASION OF EUROPE: NORMANDY - VOLUME 3
Unedited footage of operations after the Invasion Of Normandy with scenes of the Battleship USS Texas firing salvos in a gun support mission, transferring of wounded from area, ship maintenance, officers changing of the watch.
(public domain films) 1944 COL 12min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
INVASION OF POLAND BY GERMAN ARMY 1939
Captured German films document the 1939 invasion of Poland and the use of Blitzkrieg combining infantry, tanks and aircraft.
(public domain films) 1939 BW 20min
World War II public domain stock footage
ITALIAN PARTISANS 1945
Victorious Italian Partisans in Bologna Italy and Milan Italy after the surrender of Nazi Germany thus ending WWII hostilities on the Italian Front.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 6min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
JEWS IN DOMBROVA, POLAND
Unedited scenes of the Jewish ghetto Dombrova, Poland occupied by Nazi Troops, where Jewish citizens are forced to wear a yellow Star of David with the word Jude on their clothing at all times.
(public domain films) 1939 BW 11min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
KNOW YOUR ALLY - BRITAIN
WWII Allied Propaganda Film depicting America and Britain in solidarity against the Axis Powers while showing the cultural differences and tastes between Americans and Britons, soldiers and citizens working hand-in-hand to defeat fascism.
(public domain films) 1943 BW 42min
World War II public domain stock footage
LEST WE FORGET
A thorough overview of WWII Europe touching on all aspects the land, sea and air campaigns, V-E Day celebrations, the damage and destruction of Europe after the surrender of Germany.
(public domain films) 1940's BW 84min
World War II public domain stock footage
LIBERATION OF ROME - 1944
General Montgomery and the British 8th Army land at Reggio Calabria. The Italian navy surrenders to the Allies.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 21 min
World War II public domain stock footage
LT. COL. FRANCIS S. GABRESKI
FLYING ACE IN TWO WARS

Unedited footage of pilot Francis S. Gabreski who became an Ace during WWII and then again during the Korean War.
(public domain films) 1943 BW 4min
World War II public domain stock footage
LUFTWAFFE - BATTLE SCENES
German film documenting various aircraft - Ju-87 Stuka, Junkers Ju-88, Messerschmitt ME-109 and Messerschmitt ME-110 in aerial combat and bombing as well as arming and field maintenance.
(public domain films) 10 min BW
World War II public domain stock footage
MALTA - LIVING UNDER THE GUN
Life of the citizens of Malta as they go about their daily lives amid the rubble and damage caused by incessant Nazi bombing.
(public domain films) 1943 12 min BW
World War II public domain stock footage
MANY ROADS TO GLORY
Todays Army Transportation Corp depends on trains, trucks, helicopters. and airplanes to move men and supplies to any combat zone in the World.
(public domain films) BW 28 min
World War II public domain stock footage
MARCH TO THE FUHRER
Nazi propaganda film promoting their perverse ideals and documents the frightening hysteria of the German people.
(public domain films) 1940 45 min BW
World War II public domain stock footage
MEMPHIS BELLE
Based in WWII England, the B-17 Bomber Memphis Belle is poised to be the first to complete its 25th bomber mission which qualifies the crew to be rotated back to America.
(public domain films) 1943 COL 39min
World War II public domain stock footage
MOSCOW STRIKES BACK
Scenes of Russia's massive counterattack against what was initially an unstoppable German offensive to capture Moscow.
(public domain films) 1942 56 min BW
World War II public domain stock footage
NAPLES HARBOR - SUNKEN SHIPS AND BOMB DAMAGE
Unedited footage of war damage to Naples Italy and its harbor as Allied forces take control of the city.
(public domain films) 1943 BW 9min (SILENT)
World War II public domain stock footage
NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMPS AND PRISONS
The horror of German Concentration Camps and Prisons, as documented by advancing Allied Armies during World War Two.
(public domain films) 1946 29 min BW
World War II public domain stock footage
NAZI DEATH MILLS
CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

Horrific scenes of German Concentration Camps documenting the war crimes at Auschwitz, Majdanck, Treblinka, Belsen, Buchenwald and other Nazi Death Camps with scenes of piles of dead bodies, skeletal bodies of the survivors, gas chambers hooked to canisters of Zyklon B and cremation ovens.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 21min
World War II public domain stock footage
NAZI PLAN, THE - REEL-1
RISE OF THE NSDAP - PART 1: 1921-1933

The rise to power of the Nazi Party or NSDAP ( National Socialist German Workers' Party) in Germany 1921-1933.
(public domain films) 1921-1933 BW 11min
World War II public domain stock footage
NAZI PLAN, THE - REEL-2
RISE OF THE NSDAP - PART 2: 1921-1933

German Reichstag Elections , German Chancellor Adolph Hitler - First Speech, Election Day For Nazi Party - Berlin Germany .
(public domain films) 1921-1933 BW 8min
World War II public domain stock footage
NAZI PLAN, THE - REEL-3
TAKING CONTROL OF GERMANY: 1921-1933

The start of the Anti-Semitic campaign against Jews, foreign press conference with Joseph Goebbels and Adolf Hitler, book burning of un-German and immoral works.
(public domain films) 1921-1933 BW 10min
World War II public domain stock footage
NAZI PLAN, THE - REEL-4
TAKING CONTROL OF GERMANY: 1921-1933

Swastika Becomes National Symbol Of Nazi Germany, Nuremberg Rally For Nazi Party, Rudolf Hess Reaffirms Hitler's Faith In SA After Night Of The Long Knives.
(public domain films) 1933-1935 BW 7min
World War II public domain stock footage
NAZI PLAN, THE - REEL-10
PREPARING FOR WAR - PART 1: 1935-1939

Nazi Party Rally Of Freedom - Nuremberg Rally 7th Party Congress 1935, German Reception For Prime Minister Gombos Of Hungary 1935.
(public domain films) 1935-1939 BW 7min
World War II public domain stock footage
NAZI PLAN, THE - REEL-11
PREPARING FOR WAR - PART 2: 1935-1939

German Troops Re-Occupy Rhineland, Confidence High Adolf Hitler Policies Will Win German Vote, Ambassador Ribbentrop Outlines Hitler's Plan For World Peace, Adolf Hitler Addresses Hitler Youth At Packed Stadium, Nazi Party Reich Convention - Nuremberg Rally 8th Party Congress.
(public domain films) 1935-1939 BW 11min
World War II public domain stock footage
NAZI PLAN, THE - REEL-12
PREPARING FOR WAR - PART 3: 1935-1939

German Sailors Killed In Spanish Civil War Brought Home 1937, Nazi Party Rally Of Labor - Nuremberg Rally 9th Party Congress 1937.
(public domain films) 1935-1939 BW 11min
World War II public domain stock footage
NAZI PLAN, THE - REEL-15
PREPARING FOR WAR - PART 6: 1935-1939

Germany Launches Its First Aircraft Carrier The Graf Zeppelin, Adolf Hitler Predicts Annihilation Of Jewish Race If War Starts, Germany Occupies Rest Of Czechoslovakia, Adolf Hitler Ridicules Plea From President Roosevelt To Curb Aggression.
(public domain films) 1935-1939 BW 11min
World War II public domain stock footage
NAZI PLAN, THE - REEL 16
- Signing Of European Axis Pact
- Welcome Home of German Legions From Spanish War
- Inspection Of West Wall Fortifications
(public domain films) 1939 BW 8min (SILENT)
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NAZI PLAN, THE - REEL-20
THE WAR IN EUROPE - PART 3: 1939-1944

Germany Invades Russia In Operation Barbarossa, SS Leader Heinrich Himmler Tours Concentration Camp Near Minsk Russia, Adolf Hitler Of Germany Declares War On The U.S.
(public domain films) 1939-1944 BW 10min
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NAZIS STRIKE
Details the Nazi Party's rise to power prior to World War Two and covering German aggression from 1934 to 1940 with many animated maps explaining German tactics and scenes of Adolf Hitler making speeches, in conferences, and planning for war with military officers.
(public domain films) 1945 43 min BW
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NEGRO PILOTS - TUSKEGEE TO AIR HEROES
Pilot training for African-Americans in Tuskegee Alabama to their activities as a highly decorated pursuit squadron in the Italian Theater of WWII.
(public domain films) 1940's BW 7min (SILENT)
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NORMANDY INVASION
The Invasion of Normandy, code name OVERLORD, is considered the decisive battle of the war in Western Europe.
(public domain films) 1945 21 min BW
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NORMANDY INVASION
PRACTICING FOR AIRBORNE ASSAULT

Numerous practice missions utilizing gliders were made in preparation for the coming airborne invasion of Fortress Europe.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 20 min
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NORMANDY INVASION
AIRBORNE ASSAULT OVER FRANCE

Documenting Airborne invasion of Fortress Europe and of the men that parachuted and was landed by glider behind the lines.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 31 min
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NORMANDY INVASION
AIRBORNE ASSAULT OVER FRANCE - REELS IN HD

Documenting Airborne invasion of Fortress Europe by the paratroopers of the American 101st Airborne Division and 82nd Airborne Division via parachute and glider.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 23min
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NORTH AFRICA - 376TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP
Operating from bases in North Africa the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group aka The Liberandos fly B-24 Liberator Bombers on missions against Axis Forces.
(public domain films) 1940's BW 14min (SILENT)
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NORTH AFRICAN CAMPAIGN
Unedited footage of the WWII North African Campaign in 1942 with scenes of field artillery, bombing devastation, Lt. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and more.
(public domain films) 1942 COL 26 min
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NUREMBERG
Activities of the Nazi Party, the atrocities they wrought during WWII, the Holocaust, medical experiments; all brought out using film evidence during the War Crimes trial.
(public domain films) 1949 75 min BW
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NUREMBERG TRIALS - I.G. FARBEN EXECUTIVES
German chemical conglomerate I.G. Farben notorious for its role in the Holocaust as the main supplier of Zyklon B the lethal gas used to kill millions jews.
(public domain films) 1947 BW 20min
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OPERATION TITANIC - SHUTTLE BOMBING GERMANY
Bombers stationed in England and Italy bomb targets in Germany, land in Russia, re-arm and bomb Germany again.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 37 min
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OSS SUPPORT TO ITALIAN PARTISANS
THE CAYUGA MISSION

The pre-cursor to the CIA, one of the mandates of the OSS Operational Group's during WWII was in helping to organize and coordinate partisan activities in Italy.
(public domain films) BW 10 min
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OUR RUSSIAN FRONT
Russian propaganda film using rare soviet footage showing the Russian people's determination to fight the Germans and fascism.
(public domain films) 1942 38 min BW
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P-47 THUNDERBOLTS
BOMBER ESCORT - RAMROD TO EMDEN

P-47 Thunderbolt and P-38 Lightning fighter planes of the 8th Army Air Force escorting bombers on a bombing mission to Emden, Germany.
(public domain films) 1943 BW 29 min
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PARATROOPERS, NISEI SOLDIERS, PRIVATE SNAFU
Paratroopers Blitz-WWII, American Born Japanese soldiers (Nisei Soldiers) in Italy, and creating Private SNAFU Cartoons.
(public domain films) 1940's BW 10min (SILENT)
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PLOESTI ROMANIA - BOMB DAMAGE
Captured German film documenting the bomb damage and destruction of oil refineries, rail transportation, and aircraft factories over Romania.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 12min
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PORTUGUESE WEEKLY NEWS
- Generalissimo Francisco Franco
- Explosive German Motor Boats Of The Kriegsmarine
- German-Occupied France
- War Front: Latvia

(public domain films) 1940's BW 12min (PORTUGUESE)
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PRELUDE TO WAR
A compact look at events from 1931 to 1939 leading up to World War II. The film was used as a U.S. Army training film before it's theatrical release and addresses the question of "Why we fight".
(public domain films) 1942 53 min BW
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PRISONER EXCHANGE - ST. NAZAIRE, FRANCE
DUTCH UNDERGROUND - VALKENBERG, HOLLAND

Rare prisoner exchange between German and American P.O.W.s in France and brief unedited footage of the Dutch Underground.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 10min (SILENT)
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PROGRESS IN SOUTHERN FRANCE
Footage of the preparation in Italy for the invasion of Southern France and troops landing and advancing in France.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 10min
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RED BULL ATTACKS, THE
History of the 34th Infantry Division - The Red Bull from training in the U.S. to combat in Tunisia and then on to Italy.
(public domain films) 1940s 28 min BW
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RISE AND FALL OF NAZI GERMANY, THE
Germany strapped with a crushing burden mandated by the allies and the Treaty Of Versailles propels Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party to power which leads to World War II and ultimate defeat.
(public domain films) 18 min BW
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ROAD TO WORLD WAR II, THE
Events, political leaders and the "smaller Pre-WWII conflicts" that coalesced into a global war that brought death and destruction of to every corner of the planet.
(public domain films) 19 min BW
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ROLE OF ARMOR, THE
Documenting the evolution of tanks and armored vehicles and the role armor has played in WWI through the Korean War.
(public domain films) BW 28 min
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RUSSIANS CAPTURE KONIGSBERG PRUSSIA
Russian forces capture the seaport city of Konigsberg with Russian tanks and troops entering the city, thousands of German POWs while German refugees flee the city.
(public domain films) 1940's BW 6min
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SEEDS OF DESTINY - A REFUGEE'S PLIGHT
Documents Nazi Germany's plan to subjugate its European neighbors by withholding necessary food, clothing, and medical supplies and attention.
(public domain films) 1946 BW 20 min
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SIEGE OF WARSAW POLAND
A two week period in September 1939 as the German Luftwaffe continue their aerial attack on Warsaw Poland while on the ground the German Army continue their brutal shelling of the city with artillery.
(public domain films) 1939 BW 10min
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SKY BLITZ
Documents one of the German blitzkrieg paratrooper attacks on Holland in May 1940. The objective was the highway and rail bridges at Moerdijk which crosses the Hollands Diep.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 25 min
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SMASHING OF THE REICH, THE
The Allies begin a desperate and costly strategic daylight bombing campaign using the famous B-17 bomber without fighter escort.
(public domain films) 1962 83 min BW
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STAGE DOOR CANTEEN - PARIS, FRANCE 1945
Franchise to the famous Stage Door Canteen in the US opens in Paris France for allied military personel.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 12 min
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TARGET FOR TODAY: VOLUME 1 - PREPARATION
The 8th Bomber Command stationed in England prepares for bombing missions on several German military targets.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 46 min
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TARGET FOR TODAY: VOLUME 2 - ATTACK!
Bombers of the 8th Bomber Command fly deep into Germany striking several German military targets.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 47 min
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TEAMWORK
BLACK AND WHITE SOLDIERS UNITED

Responding to German propaganda about U.S. race relations, this film depicts black and white soldiers united against Nazi tyranny.
(public domain films) 1946 16 min BW
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THAT JUSTICE BE DONE
WAR CRIMES TO TRIBUNALS

Compares the Nazi sense of justice, as exemplified in aggressive war and atrocities, with that of the war crimes tribunals at Nuremberg.
(public domain films) BW 10 min
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TRIUMPH OF THE WILL
(TRIUMPH DES WILLENS)

Legendary Nazi propaganda film documenting the Nuremberg Party Rally of 1934 and Adolf Hitler's terrifying ability to entice and incite crowds to his beliefs by the very power of his words.
(public domain films) 1934 109 min BW (GERMAN LANGUAGE)
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TRUE STORY OF LILI MARLENE, THE
Soldiers of the British 8th Army in the desert of North Africa, and German troops on the Russian front and the effect the song" Lili Marlene" had on these men in WWII.
(public domain films) 1940s BW 21min
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TRUE GLORY - 1945
The Allied invasion and liberation of Western Europe from the Normandy Beaches to the Battle of The Bulge to Germany itself.
(public domain films) 1945 82 min BW
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TUNISIAN CAMPAIGN
Unedited footage documenting the surrender of over 275,000 Italian and German Army soldiers in May 1943 in Tunisia after Axis resistance in Africa collapsed.
(public domain films) 1943 COL 22 min
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TUNISIAN VICTORY
The North African Campaign in WWII (codename Torch) from the Allied landings in Casablanca, Morocco, Oran Algeria, and Algiers, Algeria to the surrender of the German and Italian Armies in Tunisia.
(public domain films) 1942-1943 BW 79min
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UKRAINE IN FLAMES
GERMAN ATROCITIES AND DESTRUCTION

Documents the destruction of the cities and towns of the Ukraine and the atrocities committed against the Ukrainian people by the Nazis in WWII.
(public domain films) 1940's BW 9min
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U.S. TANK ADVANCE, GERMAN P.O.W.'s, BURNING VILLAGE
Unedited footage of U.S. tanks and M3 Half-Tracks roll through an unidentified village in WWII Europe, German soldiers surrender turning over equipment and marching away from front lines as P.O.W.'s.
(public domain films) 1945 COL 16min (SILENT)
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V-1 THE ROBOT BOMB - LONDON BOMBING RAIDS WWII
The Nazis unleash a new terror weapon against the British populace as V-1 Flying Bombs rain down upon the cities of England.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 8min
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VICTORY BRIDGE - RHINE RIVER
GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON MEETS RUSSIAN OFFICERS

Opening day for the "Victory Bridge", a replacement for the Dulsburg-Hochfeld Railway Bridge and General George S. Patton and officers meet their Russian counterparts.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 9min
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VICTORY IN THE WEST (SIEG IM WESTEN)
Extensive Geman Propaganda Film detailing the military conquest of Holland, Belgium and France in the spring of 1940; thus forcing the surviving allied forces to retreat from the European continent.
(public domain films) 1940 BW 112 min (GERMAN)
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V-E DAY 1945
CELEBRATION INNSBRUCK AUSTRIA

Unedited footage V-E Day celebration in Innsbruck Austria as civilians line the street as the 103rd Infantry Cactus Division parades and pass in review.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 11min (SILENT)
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V-E Day 1945 - PARIS AND LONDON
Celebration in Paris, France and London, England to the news that war in Europe, a war that cost millions of lives, was over.
(public domain films) 1945 10 min COL (SILENT)
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V.E. CELEBRATIONS IN EUROPE 1945
Massive crowds of citizens and soldiers gather around England celebrating the end of war in Europe.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 7min (SILENT)
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THE WAR 1941-1944 REEL-1
WWII between 1941-1942 with scenes of war-torn Britain, the attack on Pearl Harbor Hawaii, war damage in Russia and China, American industry gears for war, Americans inducted into Armed Forces and more.
(public domain films) 1941-1942 BW 10min
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WAR COMES TO AMERICA
A historical and sociological treatment of America's reaction to the terrifying events across the ocean and the effects on the American people as the nation makes a transition from isolationism to involvement in the fight against the Axis.
(public domain films) 1945 66 min BW
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WARTIME ART THEFT
PAINTINGS TAKEN BY GERMANS

Unedited footage of the plunder and looting of European art by the Nazis and the recovery by "Monument Men" of the 5th Army working for the MFAA.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 8min (SILENT)
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WARTIME ART THEFT
RETURN OF ART TREASURES

Florentine art treasures stolen by the Nazis returned to Florence, Italy July 21, 1945 by U.S. 5th Army.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 6min (SILENT)
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WEST WALL, THE 1939
BUILDING THE SIEGFRIED LINE

Documenting the construction of the Siegfried Line. Shows antitank obstructions and trenches, barbed wire entanglements, and the French and German fortifications facing each other.
(public domain films) 1939 BW 23 min (GERMAN LANGUAGE)
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WINGS FOR THIS MAN
TUSKEGEE AIRMEN TRAINING TO COMBAT

The organization and training of the Tuskegee airmen at Tuskegee Airbase, AL; the first black combat fighter squadron.
(public domain films) 1940's BW 10min
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WORK HORSE OF THE WESTERN FRONT, THE
Story of Old Hickory 30th Infantry Division with WWI flashback scenes to combat training and operations in WWII.
(public domain films) 1940s BW 29 min
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WORLD AT WAR, THE
This film is a pictorial record of a decade of war that led to the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Western Hemisphere. Nothing has been staged. Every scene in this film is authentic.
(public domain films) 1931 - 1941 65 min BW
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WWII THE BATTLE FOR THE BEACHES
The Allies employ lessons learned from from the failed Dieppe Raid or Operation Rutter in how critical logistics and support in a successful beach landing as well as tactics used by the assaulting troops.
(public domain films) 1940's BW 21min (SILENT)
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WWII FRANCE 1944
4TH INFANTRY DIVISION - 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION

Unedited footage of WWII France with scenes of the 29th Field Artillery and the 4th Infantry Division just beyond Mere-Eglise France and the 82nd Airborne Division in France June 9, 1944.
(public domain films) 1944 BW 10 min (SILENT)
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WWII OCCUPATION - YOUR JOB IN GERMANY
Military orientation film explaining the role of post-WWII occupation troops in Germany, the martial history of the German peoples and current incarnation of Nazism and the importance that troops remain alert and aloof while on duty and off.
(public domain films) 1945 BW 14min
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WWII UKRAINE LIFE
Unedited travelogue of WWII Ukraine with scenes of Ukrainian cities, villages and collective farms shot by German photographers in the summer of 1943.
(public domain films) 1943 BW 11min (SILENT)
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ZEIGT FILM: IT'S UP TO YOU - GERMANY 1929
Pre-WWII Germany Weimar Republic in its Depression Era that gave political rise to the Nazi Party led by Adolf Hitler where he grabbed power and re-armed Germany culminating into WWII in Europe.
(public domain films) 1929 BW 6min
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DON'T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MILITARY NEWSREELS SECTION!
Military Newsreels documents the events of World War II from soldiers fighting on the frontlines to the Generals planning grand offensives to the President and Congress making the tough political decisions. Meanwhile, back at home, the average citizen rises to the occasion to suport the war effort as factories go on war footing while young men and women line up to join the Armed Forces and for some, making the ultimate sacrafice.